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SGFmoTwister

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Ruskin Heights gets overlooked quite a bit, which is surprising considering how well-documented it was for the time. As a Kansas City, it's a bit of a legend up here. It also had a path of nearly 70 miles, quite impressive for a typical plains tornado. Some notable pics from it:

These first 2 are of it's touchdown near an airport near Ottawa, KS. The multi-vortex structure is clearly visible in the first one, quite an impressive shot for the time period:

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This next show is the tornado in full force from a church near Spring Hill, KS.
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These remaining pics are from when the tornado crossed over into the Missouri side of Kansas City. The first is of the severely damaged high school (note the gym beans bent down, only other time I've seen this is Udall, KS) and the remaining two are of suburban areas with entire rows of homes literally swept clean from their foundations. Granted, many of these were cheaply constructed postwar homes so it wouldn't exactly take much to blow them away, but the sheer amount of homes destroyed in this manner is incredible.
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I've updated the Ruskin Heights thread with some different pics.
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Damage from the 2018 Carr Fire tornado. High tension towers were crumpled, trees were both uprooted and debarked, the ground was scoured in some spots, structures were destroyed by tornadic winds and a 25-ton bulldozer was lofted.
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This thing is so fascinating to me. Apparently fire whirls can be quite common, similar to many other non-tornadic whirlwinds like dust devils, steam devils, ash devils and snow devils but Redding is unique in that it is actually considered a 'firenado', a separate event from a fire whirl.


Footage of it:
Apparently the first time something like this was caught on camera was in Canberra, Australia back in 2003:


 

MNTornadoGuy

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This thing is so fascinating to me. Apparently fire whirls can be quite common, similar to many other non-tornadic whirlwinds like dust devils, steam devils, ash devils and snow devils but Redding is unique in that it is actually considered a 'firenado', a separate event from a fire whirl.


Footage of it:
Apparently the first time something like this was caught on camera was in Canberra, Australia back in 2003:


There was another intense fire tornado near Burney Basin CA that was produced by the Elier Fire in 2014. It completely debarked cedar trees, a buried culvert was pulled up, a small barn was completely destroyed with sheet metal being carried up to 1/2 miles and 2-4 inches of topsoil was scoured. Screenshot_2020-09-16 Sci-Hub Fire Whirls Twisters That Light the Sky Weatherwise, 67(6), 12–2...png Screenshot_2020-09-16 Sci-Hub Fire Whirls Twisters That Light the Sky Weatherwise, 67(6), 12–2...png Screenshot_2020-09-16 Sci-Hub Fire Whirls Twisters That Light the Sky Weatherwise, 67(6), 12–2...png
 

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Good thread here regarding Corey Potvin’s research into the differences between reported and statistically likely frequencies of significant tornadoes in the central US. Long story short, the EF-scale is heavily biased towards non-rural areas (as we already know). I’d also go one step further and suggest the high end ratings are biased in certain regions to larger settlements or based on outside factors like insurance claims...
 

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I've mentioned the 1953 Warner Robins F4 before since it was in my hometown, but I'm curious about something. This video was taken on 30 April 1953. (It's extremely annoying that someone attached fake audio to it, but c'est la vie.)

Is it the first ever video of a violent tornado? The first tornado video in the US was taken less than two years before (8 June 1951 in Corn, OK).

This article has a few newspaper clippings from the tornado, mostly from the AJC. I'd like to see if the local papers had anything, but anything from that era is probably on microfilm rather than digitized.
 
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I've mentioned the 1953 Warner Robins F4 before since it was in my hometown, but I'm curious about something. This video was taken on 30 April 1953. (It's extremely annoying that someone attached fake audio to it, but c'est la vie.)

Is it the first ever video of a violent tornado? The first tornado video in the US was taken less than two years before (8 June 1951 in Corn, OK).

This article has a few newspaper clippings from the tornado, mostly from the AJC. I'd like to see if the local papers had anything, but anything from that era is probably on microfilm rather than digitized.
Really surprised it only had a path length of 1 mile, yeah I think it is most likely the first video footage of a violent tornado....still some of the best tornado footage of all time, even after all these years.
 

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Really surprised it only had a path length of 1 mile, yeah I think it is most likely the first video footage of a violent tornado....still some of the best tornado footage of all time, even after all these years.
Yeah, a lot of the tornadoes from that day had relatively short path lengths, or at least they were recorded that way. I don't know if it's accurate or just a deficiency in the almost 70-year-old records. A lot of the areas affected were still relatively rural at the time, although some of them aren't today.
 

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I found some pictures of the destruction of the Canadian Barrie Tornado in 1985. Yes, the house has suffered a lot of powerful damage, and the scars left by the tornado are also very obvious. There was another F4 that day, but I don' t have any information about him
 

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I found some pictures of the destruction of the Canadian Barrie Tornado in 1985. Yes, the house has suffered a lot of powerful damage, and the scars left by the tornado are also very obvious. There was another F4 that day, but I don' t have any information about him
That vehicle damage in the second to last pic Is very impressive. Comparable to some of the worst I’ve ever seen photographed. Very intense debarking too. I suspect that the Barrie tornado was a the higher end of the EF4 range.
 
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Yeah, a lot of the tornadoes from that day had relatively short path lengths, or at least they were recorded that way. I don't know if it's accurate or just a deficiency in the almost 70-year-old records. A lot of the areas affected were still relatively rural at the time, although some of them aren't today.
I found some pictures of the destruction of the Canadian Barrie Tornado in 1985. Yes, the house has suffered a lot of powerful damage, and the scars left by the tornado are also very obvious. There was another F4 that day, but I don' t have any information about him
This is one the factories completely leveled by Barrie. 16 out of 20 in an industrial park were left in a manner similar to this:

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Another photograph of the industrial yard aftermath from the ground:

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Marshal79344

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Good lord, there are hundreds of photos from this thing. Pages 1-3 of this thread have some, this blog is a great starting point: https://stormstalker.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/tri-state-tornado/
Yeah, that is probably the most thorough of a summary of the Tri-State-Tornado I've ever seen. I've noticed that the Jackson County Historical Society seems to have a lot of high-definition photos of that thing which is what I'm mainly after, but here's some photos I've found from personal research without stormstalker:
Annapolis
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Griffin:
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Marshal79344

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A lot of newspapers had the same famous photo of damage in West Frankfort in altered versions but here's the most HD one I could find
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More West Frankfort
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Planks from obliterated homes lay across the ground outside of West Frankfort
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That's all that I managed to find from hours shifting through online archives of newspapers. Poor people in the path had no chance. One reason that made this tornado incredibly deadly was not only its incredible power, but the fact that it was partially obscured with low LCL heights, as shown by witnesses in Annapolis describing it as a "thick black fog cloud" with a tremendous roar, and not recognizable as an actual funnel at some points. Also, the tornado severed all telegraph communications to cities in the path so residents had no kind of warning of what was approaching until it was right there. The tornado happened to be on a trajectory where multiple large cities were in its path also, a worst-case-scenario
 

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这是Barrie完全拉平的工厂之一。在工业园区中每20个中就有16个以类似的方式被留下:

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另一张从地面上看到的工业场后果的照片:

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Yes, I believe that if MBS in EF system is used to evaluate the damage of this factory, dod7-8 can be obtained
 

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