The deadliest tornado outbreaks in the United States to date

Published: Friday, April 29 2011 9:28 p.m. MDT

#10 - Amite, La., and Purvis, Miss.; April 23-25, 1908; 143 deaths Next » 2 of 11 « Prev
Courtesy U.S. National Weather Service, NOAA
The 1908 Dixie tornado outbreak was among the worst tornado disasters in United States history. The outbreak produced tornadoes in 13 states from April 23-25, 1908, with the second worst loss of life in the Southeastern United States at the time. More than 100 years later, in April 2011, the death toll of a tornado outbreak in the same region has reached at least 340.

Photo: Tornado damage in Amite, La., April 24, 1908.
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El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID

1899, 1896, 1840...

I wonder if global warming caused those tornadoes too?

Salt Lake City, UT

I clicked on the story line to read more about the tornadoes and the aftermath and then noticed the grotesque photo of the horse. Of all the photos of destruction that DN could have posted to accompany this article, why this one? Going for shock factor? Disgusting. We all know that people and animals die when tornadoes are this powerful. I was hoping to read up to date coverage on the tornadoes that have hit the southeast in the last week and instead I see that there is just a compilation of old stories that I could have researched myself. Thanks for nothing.

Salt Lake City, UT

@El Chango Supremo

It's actually not a commonly held view in the climate community that tornadoes increase in frequency due to global warming.

It should also be noted that tornadoes could easily be deadlier last century due to a lack of weather forecasting centers, satellites, and the warning systems we have today.

Salt Lake City, UT

From the 2007 IPCC report...

"There is insufficient evidence to determine whether trends exist in small scale phenomena such as tornadoes, hail, lighting, and dust storms."

Salt Lake City, UT

@attentive: Really? I didn't even see the poor horse until you pointed it out, that photo is pretty old, hard to make out details and monochromatic. Still, that image tends to tell the utter destruction of that event. Also, it appears from the headline that this really isn't about all the recent coverage of tornadoes in the South; more, this appears to be an abbreviated a list of deadliest tornadoes in the US. That's weird you would be so confused about that. Deseret, thanks for something with this list, I actually learned quite a bit.

Randle Patrick McMurphy
Salt Lake City, UT

Deseret News sure does a lot of top ten lists.

Goshen, IN

This list failed to include the Midwest tornado outbreak on Palm Sunday 1965 where 271 people were killed.

The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak occurred on April 11, 1965 and involved 47 tornadoes (15 significant, 17 violent, 21 killers) hitting the Midwest. It was the second biggest outbreak on record. In the Midwest, 271 people were killed and 1,500 injured (1,200 in Indiana). It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana history with 137 people killed.[1] The outbreak also made that week the second most active week in history with 51 significant and 21 violent tornadoes.

Mayer, AZ

being that the Carolins are the largest producers of pork and hog carcases, the nastiness of dead animals scattered accros the vlandscape cannot be denied. there is a huge amt of rotting debris that just goes away slowly. real nature at work.the critters that roam around trying to avoid starvation by living off the land presents a rel hazard, also. reality at work. can't deny it....nature will revert/prevail.

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