Tornadoes of 1979

This page documents the tornadoes and tornado outbreaks of 1979, primarily in the United States. Most tornadoes form in the U.S., although some events may take place internationally. Tornado statistics for older years like this often appear significantly lower than modern years due to fewer reports or confirmed tornadoes.

Tornadoes of 1979
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Tracks of all US tornadoes in 1979.
TimespanJanuary 1 - December 23, 1979
Maximum rated tornadoF4 tornado
  • 6 locations
    on 5 different days
Tornadoes in U.S.855[1]
Damage (U.S.)Unknown
Fatalities (U.S.)84
Fatalities (worldwide)>84

SynopsisEdit

Numbers for 1979 were similar to that of 1980. Deaths were near normal, but injuries were above normal.

EventsEdit

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
38 349 318 116 28 6 0 855

JanuaryEdit

16 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in January, of which all were confirmed.[2]

FebruaryEdit

4 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in January, of which all were confirmed.[3]

MarchEdit

53 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in March.[4]

March 18Edit

FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5
0 4 5 2 1 0 0

On March 18, a minor outbreak swept across Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The strongest tornado was an F3 that struck Copan, Oklahoma. An F2 tornado hit Catoosa, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa.[5]

March 29Edit

FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5
0 3 1 2 2 1 0

On March 29, tornadoes touched down across Iowa and Illinois, including an F4 tornado that hit Braddyville, Iowa. An F0 struck a small suburb of Denver.[6]

AprilEdit

123 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in April.[7]

April 10–12Edit

 
The large Wichita Falls F4 tornado moving through town.
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5
0 10 19 25 4 2 0

A large tornado outbreak also called "Terrible Tuesday",[8] broke out in Texas and Oklahoma. Several deadly tornadoes occurred, including an F4 that decimated buildings in Wichita Falls, killing 42 people. An F2 tornado was notable for killing one person when it struck a mobile home park in Boonville, Indiana. A tornado killed three people in Lawton, Oklahoma. Overall, there were 58 deaths and over 2,000 injuries.

MayEdit

There were 112 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in May.[9]

JuneEdit

150 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in June.[10]

June 28Edit

A small, but deadly outbreak of tornadoes broke out in Iowa and Minnesota, including an F4 that killed three people in Manson, Iowa.[11][12]

JulyEdit

132 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in July.[13]

July 16Edit

An F3 tornado struck Cheyenne, Wyoming causing one fatality and 40 injuries. The tornado first to receive national attention by videotape as it ripped apart 500 homes.[14]

AugustEdit

126 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in August.[15]

August 7 (Canada)Edit

At least three tornadoes touched down in Woodstock, Ontario, killing two people and injuring 142 others.

SeptemberEdit

69 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in September.[16]

September 5Edit

An F3 tornado touched down in Tysons, Virginia, killing one person.[17]

OctoberEdit

47 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in October.[18]

October 3Edit

An F4 tornado touched down in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, being a very rare New England tornado. The tornado was ranked as one of the costliest tornadoes in U.S. history, killing three people.[citation needed]

NovemberEdit

21 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in November.[19]

DecemberEdit

2 tornadoes were reported in the U.S. in December.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  2. ^ "January, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  3. ^ "February, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  4. ^ "March, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  5. ^ "March 18, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  6. ^ "March 29, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  7. ^ "April, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  8. ^ "Weather History: Terrible Tuesday 1979". AccuWeather.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  9. ^ "May, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  10. ^ "June, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  11. ^ "June 28, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  12. ^ "Minnesota Tornado History and Statistics".
  13. ^ "July, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  14. ^ "Tornado History Project: 19790716.56.17". www.tornadohistoryproject.com.
  15. ^ "August, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  16. ^ "September, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  17. ^ "Tornado History Project: 19790905.51.7". www.tornadohistoryproject.com.
  18. ^ "October, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  19. ^ "November, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  20. ^ "December, 1979". Tornado History Project. Retrieved 2015-12-12.

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