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Storm Chasing Events during the 1970s

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While the pioneers of storm chasing had started their journeys in the activity the 1950s and 1960s, the 1970s brought many now-veteran chasers into the fold as well as the first organized chase teams. The Union City, Oklahoma event in 1973 is the most famous intercept of the decade, when researchers were able to obtain the first in-detail documentation of the entire life cycle of a tornado from multiple angles.


  • May 24, 1973: Union City, Oklahoma tornado**
  • May 26, 1973: Northeastern Oklahoma tornadoes**
  • June 18, 1973: Fort Cobb, Oklahoma tornadoes**


  • June 8, 1974: Arcadia, Oklahoma tornado**


  • June 6, 1975: Freedom, Oklahoma tornado (anticyclonic)**
  • June 28, 1975: Felton, Minnesota tornado**


  • May 30, 1976: Waurika, Oklahoma tornadoes**


  • April 19, 1977: Lakeview, Texas tornado**
  • May 20, 1977: Altus, Oklahoma tornado**
  • May 16, 1977: Cheyenne, Oklahoma tornado**



**These events are in need of an author! If you would like to contribute a summary and images for one or more of these events, please contact a WxLibrary editor.

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