Saturday, May 5, 2012
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms, and the United States has 75 percent of the world’s tornadoes. Although no state wishes to be included on a list of tornado-related statistics, violent weather has a way of making its way into the history books. From 1950 through 2008, North Dakota has had at least two reported tornadoes a year, with an average of 22.
And on this date in 1964, North Dakota earned a particularly remarkable tornado statistic. A tornado swept across the south-central counties of Emmons, McIntosh and Logan on a stormy Tuesday – happily without loss of life – but the path it left is the longest track in the state’s history – a full 47.5 miles.
Dakota Datebook by Steve Stark
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/ <http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/> (National Weather Service)