Dakota Datebook

Big Tornado

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)

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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