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15 facts about tornadoes in Utah

Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 1:32 p.m. MDT

There has not been a recorded waterspout in Utah since 1998 Next List » 15 of 15 « Prev
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The last recorded waterspout to form in Utah occurred at Bear Lake on Oct. 4, 1998, at about 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City. The waterspout only lasted about three minutes before dissipating. Since that time, 36 tornadoes have been recorded in Utah, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.

>> A family plays on the beach of Bear Lake in Bear Lake County, Utah, Friday, June 18, 2010.
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Nan BW
ELder, CO

I remember well when the SLC outdoor sales event happened. I appreciate the compilation of information about tornados presented in the article. Tornados are fascinating, yet awful, and it is good to learn their history in Utah. I lived in Ohio on the day of 100 tornados in the Midwest. Sirens were wailing all afternoon, and I didn't realize it was because we were experiencing multiple events. I took our children to the basement, and when we emerged sirens began again. I looked outside and a small tree was almost flat on the ground. It was so bizarre to see it become upright again. Later we watched as a tornado crossed Cincinnati at sundown. Now if I were aware a tornado was on its way, I'd head for a basement and stay a long while.

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