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The 1970's
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The 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak

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The 1970's

The 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.42

     challenging words:    forecasters, low-pressure, semi-truck, rates, greatly, wrath, violent, considerable, fighter, warning, rated, categorize, jets, based, advance, automobile
     content words:    Super Tornado Outbreak, United States, Interior Plains, Fujita Scale, Tornado Outbreak, Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, Gulf States, Ohio Valley, One Xenia

The 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak
By Joyce Furstenau

1     Caption: tornado in Xenia, Ohio
2     The largest tornado outbreak on record for a single twenty-four hour period happened on April 3, 1974. One hundred and forty-eight tornadoes were confirmed in thirteen U.S. states. It was called the Super Tornado Outbreak.
3     A tornado is a violently rotating column of air coming down from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornados can last from several seconds to an hour. Most last less than ten minutes. The United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country. It is considered normal for the U.S. to experience up to a thousand tornadoes in a year's time.
4     On April 1, 1974, a low-pressure system developed across the Interior Plains. Moist air was added to this, which created a storm system. The weather forecasters were expecting some severe weather to begin around April 3, but not to the extent that occurred.
5     Tornadoes today are rated on a system called the Fujita Scale. The scale rates tornadoes based on the damage they inflict on structures and vegetation. The range is from F0 for light damage such as a few trees toppling and roof damage, to an F5 in which incredible damage occurs. Winds reach over 300-mph in an F5. Strong frame houses are lifted off foundations and carried considerable distances. Automobile sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 yards. During the Super Tornado Outbreak there were six tornadoes that reached the F5 rating. Another eighty-eight reached the F2 rating.

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