Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado Compared

What if the tornadoes from this past week in Oklahoma actually touched down here in our area? It's a hypothetical question -- But northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan typically record around 4 tornadoes each year.

Today is a great reminder of just how possible that is, being the third anniversary of the Fulton Co, Dundee and Millbury tornadoes.

Just to give you an idea of how big that monster El Reno, OK tornado really was we have plotted overtop a map of Toledo. It was randomly placed and has nothing to do with certain homes, neighborhoods or cities being safer than others. In addition we placed the F4 1965 Palm Sunday (RED) and EF4 Millbury (GREEN) tornadoes to comparing the size. I tried to plot the two local tornadoes as close as possible to their actual track.

Even with this image -- it's still hard to image just how big that tornado really was.