Trivia Minute April 11, 2015

Episode 42: Tornado Outbreak

by Marcus Michelson

"Palmsundaytwintornadoes" by Paul Huffman for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/wea00217.htm. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Palmsundaytwintornadoes.jpg#/media/File:Palmsundaytwintornadoes.jpg

April 11 marks the 50th anniversary of the second Palm Sunday tornado outbreak in the Midwestern United States.

Here are three things you may not have known about the outbreak:

One: There were 47 tornadoes reported across the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Two: 271 people were killed and 1,500 injured. It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana, where 137 were killed.

Three: The storms caused 6.23 billion dollars in damage in 2015 dollars.

Our question: What scale is used to rate the strength of tornadoes?

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