Anniversary of the April 3rd, 1974 Super OutbreakApril 3rd, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Jonathan Conder under Weather
Today is the anniversary of the April 3rd, 1974 Super Outbreak. The Super Outbreak is the 2nd largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period, second to the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak. With 30 F4/F5 tornadoes reported, it was also the most violent tornado outbreak ever recorded. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes.
The Monticello tornado had the longest damage path of any tornado of the 1974 Super Outbreak. This F-4 tornado was a half wide and was on the ground for 260 miles.
This is a very good reminder that we can have not only tornadoes this early in the spring in Northern Indiana, but also strong and violent tornadoes. During this outbreak of tornadoes, 47 Hoosiers died, 18 of which were killed (including five from Fort Wayne) when their mini-bus fell 50 feet (15 m) into the Tippecanoe River near Monticello.
This is a perfect example that tornadoes can move over rivers and valleys, debunking the old myth that “your are safe from a tornado if you live by a river.”‘
Here are several links about the 1974 Super Outbreak: