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April 3-4 1974 Super (severe) Outbreak

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I remember, distinctly, hearing about a place called Xenia, Ohio - and the school being wiped out. 

This prompted Dr's Fujita and Forbes to deep dive tornadoes and severe weather. It also prompted NOAA to prioritise advisory notification product above all others. 

WeatherWorld - Jon Nese An excellent piece about all this. (video not available just yet) 

NOAA's 50th Anniversary piece 




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The Fujita map -- especially the one with the F-scale ratings along each path -- is so iconic.  I don't think anything like that had been done before.

April 3, 1974 is one of those dates that will live on forever.  I'd argue it's perhaps the most infamous date in weather history.  Say that date to a weather aficionado and chances are they'll be able to tell you what happened that day.

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