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The "Different" descriptions of the Tri-State Tornado 1925 through a time line (1 Viewer)


#1Skipper77

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I have traveled to the different places that were hit by the Tri-State Tornado. Through my research I have made a Time Line of the "Different descriptions" of the Storm through the eyewitnesses accounts.
I also put this in the comment section as Triple Brown in the comment section of the Youtube weather channel tri-state tornado.

The various descriptions of the Tri-State Tornado
12:45 pm Eminence, Missouri - small tornado - less than 1/4 mile wide

Sam Flowers a Farmer who was released from jail for serving time for Attempted Murder was the First Victim of the TRI-State Tornado his head smashed by a falling tree.

1:00 pm Ellington, Missouri - large tornado - "A purple/blue Blackness" or "An awful commotion" plunging across the land- 1/2 -3/4 mile wide

Joe Wraith said that the Funnel itself was " Twisting and Turning simultaneously in different directions" before it got wrapped up in the fog.

1:15 pm Leadanna and Annapolis, Missouri "Smokey black fog" - over 2 miles wide "Tremendous" Speed. Leadanna and Annapolis were 2 miles apart from each other (north and south) the Tornado Struck both towns at the same time. Leadanna, Missouri did not rebuild. The Tornado swallowed Annapolis 100% and struck 25% of Leadanna simultaneously.

Beille, Missouri two massive funnels beside each other for 3.5 miles

Missouri and Illinois state lines at the Miss. River - Tumbling Black Cloud rolling like a Barrel- 1 mile wide

2:15 pm Gorham, Illinois - Pillar of Black Smoke (partially Rain wrapped)-1 mile wide

2:30 pm Murphysboro, Illinois - Black Clouds of Debris rolling on the Ground and rolling over each other- 1 mile wide

2:45 pm DeSoto, Illinois -A Churning Gray/Black Mass - Traveling at "tremendous" speed - 1.5 miles wide

Jan Bauer said it looked like a "Low Rolling Wind" and a "Gray Big Heavy Cloud" as it approached West Frankfurt.

3:10 pm West Frankfurt, Illinois - One Massive Wedge -1.5 miles wide and Two smaller funnels approaching

3:20 Eighteen, Illinois - Massive black clouds filling the whole Valley - 1/2 mile wide

Open Farm land - Wedge plus Down bursts or micro bursts made track 3 miles wide- Truncated Cone A.K.A upside down Mushroom (wider at the bottom than the top)

3:50 pm Parrish Illinois -Truncated Cone A.K.A Upside down Mushroom (wider at the bottom than the top) - 3/4 mile wide

4:00 pm Griffin, Indiana - 3 Funnels dancing around in the main Core while being covered by large debris cloud - 3/4 mile wide

4:10 pm - Open field - twisting pillar of Mud and Debris traveling at "Tremendous" speed- 1/4 mile wide Many Farms Destroyed

4:20-4:25 pm Princeton and Owensville, Indiana - A "Hideous" blackness approaching - 1/2 - 3/4 mile wide

4:30 pm - Rope Tornado dissipates

After 5pm the same SuperCell thunderstorm that give birth to the Tri-State Tornado also gave birth to an Very destructive mile wide F4 Tornado in Maukport, Indiana which borded near Kentucky.

De Soto time is exact other times maybe off by 1-2 minutes
 
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I've been trying to come up with explanations for these descriptions. It sounds like at different times it was a microburst debris cloud, and at other times a wall cloud on the ground. What's really unusual is a good part of the path had these features. The 2011 Birmingham Tornado was a wall cloud wrapped wedge, but haven't seen a video yet of the "rolling barrel" appearance that seems like a microburst cloud. What's your opinion on these speculations of mine?
 

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I've been trying to come up with explanations for these descriptions. It sounds like at different times it was a microburst debris cloud, and at other times a wall cloud on the ground. What's really unusual is a good part of the path had these features. The 2011 Birmingham Tornado was a wall cloud wrapped wedge, but haven't seen a video yet of the "rolling barrel" appearance that seems like a microburst cloud. What's your opinion on these speculations of mine?
It's POSSIBLE (Although it's extremely hard to prove) that it was a tornado family that simply transitioned between funnels when a microburst was occurring. I don't know if anyone has done any real analysis on this however, as all we know is that there's a continuous 200+ mile swath of damage. I don't know whether or not we have any way to go in and analyze if there are some parts of the path where the damage was more consistent than that of straight line winds or not.
 

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Also, I know I'm beating a bit of a dead horse by saying this, but Hackleburg is by far our closest modern example to what the tri-state tornado may have been like in size, intensity, and appearance. Especially in this video below:


I would LOVE to be able to use some sort of computer software to artificially attempt to create an environment similar to the one that produced the Tri-State tornado and run it to see what happens, but it may be a long time before we can do that with very good accuracy.
 
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Also, I know I'm beating a bit of a dead horse by saying this, but Hackleburg is by far our closest modern example to what the tri-state tornado may have been like in size, intensity, and appearance. Especially in this video below:


I would LOVE to be able to use some sort of computer software to artificially attempt to create an environment similar to the one that produced the Tri-State tornado and run it to see what happens, but it may be a long time before we can do that with very good accuracy.
Hadn't seen this vid. I agree, that's a close match visually, and the speed, path length, size and protracted f5 strength are also exceptional.

These 2 vids are worth comparing to 1925 as well. The first is the 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado in Birmingham. The second is the 2011 Phil Campbell Tornado. The sound of the second vid turned up will send chills through you.


 

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100% agree about Hackleburg. I've seen several people make that comparison before and I think it's really pretty apt. I wish there were more photographic/video evidence of other similarly long-track tornadoes like Candlestick Park (caveats about it being a tornado family aside) so we could compare those as well, maybe there are some commonalities between the extremely long-track events that would shed some light on historical ones like the Tri-State.
 

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