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Friday, May 27, 2011

NYT Maps Show Deadliest Tornado Years Since 1950


More than 500 people have already died from tornadoes this year- and if you count the tornado deaths in Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 25- we have surpased 1953 as the deadliest since detailed records were kept by the U.S. government.



Here are maps- courtesy of the NEW YORK TIMES- showing what was prior to this year- the 3 deadliest tornado years since 1950.



Prior to this year- those deadly tornado years were 1953- 1974 and 1965.


I also included the map from 1957- the year of Metro Kansas City's deadliest tornado in modern times when a tornado travelled 71-miles across eastern Kansas on May 20 and struck Ruskin Heights which was at the time not in Kansas City MO city limits. 
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