Quad-State Tornado May Be Longest-Lasting Ever

The monster tornado that destroyed the town of Mayfield, Ky., during last weekend’s deadly outbreak in the Midwest and Southeast may have traversed four states without ever lifting off the ground. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Paducah, Ky., confirmed to the Weather Channel this week that the “Quad-State Tornado” carved a continuous path … Read more

Satellites see devastating tornado damage in US from space (photos)

Satellite images show the destruction caused by the deadly tornadoes that tore through six states last week.  Powerful tornadoes ripped through Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee late Friday night (Dec. 10). Satellites operated by the companies Maxar Technologies and Planet have captured striking views of the tornado damage from space.  A Maxar satellite … Read more

How Does Climate Change Affect Deadly Tornadoes? A Scientist Explains

The deadly tornado outbreak that tore through communities from Arkansas to Illinois on the night of 10-11 December 2021, was so unusual in its duration and strength, particularly for December, that a lot of people including the US president are asking what role climate change might have played – and whether tornadoes will become more … Read more

Rare December Tornado Outbreak Was a ‘Worst-Case Scenario’

The tornado outbreak that likely killed more than 100 people over the weekend was an anomaly in every way possible. The deaths were concentrated in a state—Kentucky—that has been relatively unscathed by tornadoes and tornado fatalities. The outbreak hit during a month when tornadoes are least likely to occur. And it struck at night, when … Read more