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UPDATED: Tue., June 9, 2020

Remnants of Cristobal move into Midwest after lashing South

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moved across parts of the Midwest on Tuesday after lashing the South, unleashing downpours and bringing gusty winds as more high …


Weathercatch: Why tornadoes ramp up in springtime – even here

As millions of Americans hunker down to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus, a different kind of trouble looms: tornadoes.


UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Storms packing high winds leave wreckage in Indiana, Arkansas

Severe storms with high winds, hail and possible tornadoes have caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Nashville artists help out on stage and off after tornadoes

Nashville musicians banded together both in their community, but also on stage during a benefit concert Monday night called “To Nashville, With Love” featuring a dozen artists playing to raise …


As the world goes sideways, a moment of grace

This week, violent tornadoes ripped through middle Tennessee and leveled neighborhoods across our region. Amid all the pain and confusion, I found cause for hope.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Weather officials: 24 tornadoes hit South over 2 days

At least two dozen tornadoes hit the Southeast this week in a deadly outbreak of severe weather, assessments by the National Weather Service show.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

4 dead as suspected twisters, other storms batter the South

A swarm of tornadoes and storms that left a trail of destruction across the Southeast killed four people, injured a dozen more and left victims to bundle up against the …


Tornadoes rake 2 Oklahoma cities, killing 2 and injuring 29

Authorities say a tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma City overnight, killing two people and injuring at least 29 others before a second …


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019

Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019

Storms leave deaths, damage and injuries in their wake

Strong storms, including at least one tornado, swept through parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region, damaging homes and businesses and causing injuries after storms in the South killed …


Storms sweep across the South, killing 6 and injuring dozens

Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least six people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Spring snowstorm buries Midwest, tornadoes possible in South

Strong winds and more snow hit the Midwest on Friday following a spring storm that buried several states in snow, while forecasters warned churches in the South to prepare for …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018

Rare December tornadoes reported in central U.S., killing 1

Residents in central Illinois on Sunday assessed damage after rare December tornadoes that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people the day before.


Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S., study finds

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a …


Weather Service checking to confirm Carolinas tornadoes

The Carolinas are cleaning up after being slammed by severe thunderstorms with flooding and damaging winds, possibly even tornadoes that flipped tractor-trailers and small planes, broke storefront windows and pushed …


Storms kill 4, damage buildings across Southern states

A powerful storm system that moved across the South on Monday killed four people in Alabama and left a trail of damage over several states, officials said.


Storms tear up small communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin

LITCHFIELD, Minn. – Storms carrying tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, deposited a snowplow in a tree and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.


Weathercatch: Pacific Northwest no Tornado Alley, but twisters do occur

The Pacific Northwest’s geography makes tornadoes rare in this part of the country.


Tornadoes strike central, southern US, killing 2

MAYFLOWER, Ark. — A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States today, spawning a massive tornado that carved path of destruction through the northern Little Rock …


Whirlwind of work

Terry Gieber, inventor of the tornado jar, likes some muscle in his weather, a show of strength. But on his arrival in Eastern Washington some 30 years ago, the artist …


More heavy storms on tap for the Midwest; 1 dead

OKLAHOMA CITY — Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms killed one man and …


Randy Mann: Tornadoes rarely hit Northwest

Powerful tornadoes sweeping across the Great Plains and Midwest have been in the headlines. During the spring and summer, conditions become very favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2013

Death toll rises to 51 in Oklahoma tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct …


Conditions right for more tornadoes

We may see a slightly above normal season for tornado activity this spring in the U.S. Most of the twisters are expected to form east of the Rockies, especially in …


2 dead in Ala. as storms pound South, Midwest

CLAY, Ala. — Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday.


2011 goes down as year of extremes across globe

Thanks to another strong La Niña, the cooler than normal sea-surface temperature event in the south-central Pacific Ocean, global weather patterns were extreme in 2011. January through early April was …


Deadly tornado rips through Ontario town

GODERICH, Ontario – A powerful tornado swept through a southwestern Ontario town on Sunday killing one person and causing severe devastation in the picturesque community on the shores of Lake …


Area has experienced deadly tornadoes

As mentioned last week, this time of year can often produce deadly tornadoes across the central and eastern portions of the country. On Friday, a twister caused heavy damage to …


Weather: Sudden spring swarm of twisters deadly, costly

From April 14 through Saturday, more than 240 tornadoes were reported in the central and eastern United States, most in the Carolinas and Virginia. Normally, during an entire April, the …


Quick pressure change brings high winds

When you feel the wind outside blowing, what you’re feeling is the movement of air from high to low pressure. It is the same concept whether it is a gentle …