1974-06-08 OK/KS outbreak

Oct 10, 2004
Madison, WI
While of course far eclipsing all others until 4-27-2011, the Super Outbreak was not the only significant tornado event of 1974. Just two months later an outbreak occurred over the traditional Tornado Alley, and quite late in the season for such a significant event in that region. The final tally of 22 dead and 11 tornadoes rated F3+ would have been considered an exceptionally violent outbreak in most years.


Gary England has a description of working this outbreak from KWTV in his book "Weathering the Storm: Tornadoes, Television and Turmoil."
As we approach the 50th anniversary, I devote an entire chapter in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. https://www.amazon.com/Warnings-Sto...swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1654270637&sr=1-1

That day, for the reasons I describe above, completely revolutionized television weather. I will be posting more as we get closer to the anniversary. BTW, the 8th this year is a Saturday as it was in 1974.