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Statement as of 6:00 am CDT on April 25, 2015

... On this date in weather history...

In 2011... the worst tornado outbreak in United States
history began.Over a 4 day period from April 25th to
the 28th... an inconceivable 327 confirmed tornadoes
occurred. They unleashed an expansive swath of
horrifying death and destruction over 21 states extending
from Texas to New York and even southern
Ontario... Canada. The outbreak leveled the previous
record of 148 set on April 3rd and 4th... 1974 by just
over a 2 to 1 margin. Widespread and destructive
tornadoes occurred each day. In fact... the April 3rd and
4th 1974 record was broken on the 27th alone... when a
staggering 173 tornadoes occurred. This was obviously a
single day record. The hardest hit states were
Mississippi and Alabama where 3 EF5 tornadoes tore
through both states. The first EF5 struck east central
Mississippi with a track 29 miles long and around one
half mile wide. It killed 3 and 2 homes vanished. The
second was perhaps the most violent. It tore through the
northeast Mississippi town of Smithville. Fourteen were
killed. Eighteen homes... 14 businesses... the police
station and Post office were all leveled. The tornado
track was 75 miles long and averaged one half mile wide
as it crossed the state line... after which it dissipated
in northwest Alabama. The third EF5 tornado tore through
northwest Alabama where it killed 78. This was the
deadliest in Alabama history and the deadliest since the
Udall tornado of may 25... 1955. Dozens of well built
homes were swept from their foundations. Three
Churches... 3 restaurants... and a High School were
leveled. A large cargo container was thrown 600 yards
and sections of asphalt were scoured from highways. It
missed a nuclear Power Plant by 2 miles. The track was
an incredible 132 miles long and up to 1.25 miles wide.
The tornado drawing the greatest attention was an EF4
that roared along a track 80 miles long from Tuscaloosa
to Birmingham.It averaged between 1 and 1.5 miles wide
and killed 61.Forty one of the fatalities were in
Tuscaloosa where around 1,000 were injured. The
University of Alabama suspended operations and postponed
commencement ceremonies until August 6th. In all... 321
people were killed of which 238 were in Alabama.


In 1898... Volcano Springs California lived up to its
name by soaring to a high of 118 degrees... thereby
establishing the all time warmest temperature in the
United States for the month of April. In 1984... a late
season snowstorm spanning a 3 day period overwhelmed
parts of the northern rockies and northwestern plains.
Red Lodge Montana was snowed under by 6 feet... while
around five and a half feet buried lead South Dakota. It
was the worst late season snowstorm to hit the affected

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