I borrowed this from Nebraska Weather Photos. Now…weren’t you going to go on harvest with them? Most of the damage was rated F0, with the F3 damage occurring in the vicinity of the VA Hospital on Capital Avenue. I can picture her sitting on that chair wondering when it would be over and they could go back upstairs. Thanks for linking this up at Country Fair Blog Party! Everyone who lived in Grand Island on June 3, 1980, has a story to tell about the Grand Island tornadoes. Snowfall Analysis Strom cause damage across Nebraska the grand Island. Experimental Winter Storm Outlook, Current Conditions I remembered the little dishes of cottage cheese with a pineapple ring on top with a cherry in the middle. The images below show Infrared (IR) SMS-II (pre-GOES) data. Local Snowfall Maps Its path was approximately 2.5 miles. 1980 grand Island tornado outbreak/America pink. I’ll never forget the night of March 10th, 1986 (I did have to google it to get the correct date ð ). If I remember right, it was for quite a long time as the sirens just kept going and going and going. “Tornado Alley ” is the nickname given to the south-central region of the United States, where tornadoes tend to f orm at high frequency. K-Mart building on South Locust Street was spared major damage and served as a command post for post-storm operations. All NOAA. On the evening of June 3, 1980, Grand Island was hit by a storm unlike any seen before on the Great Plains of North America. Aerial photo of the bowling alley (Meves Bowl) on East Bismark Road. Grand Island Tornado: ... June 1980 As far as being a police officer goes, I was good at the job, but I was very new to this area and had very, very little experience. The bug zapper had been sitting on the West side of the house very close to the basement window. Then on June 3 1980 a tornado hit in Grand Island Nebraska. Tornado warnings were issued for Grand Island and surrounding areas based on the radar signatures and storm spotter reports. – Source. This tornado tracked to the southwest, just northeast of the intersection of Stuhr and Shimmer Roads, then turned north along the west side of Stuhr Road before lifting near Highway 34. U.S. tornadoes 1950-2017. This tornado outbreak provided the basis for a book and television movie, as well as tornado and engineering research. I can remember being small enough that I couldn’t wait to be able to look out theÂ large picture window in theÂ living room. This complex moved very slowly southeast through the area at around 10 MPH. Hastings/G. In fact they brought almost two inches of rain in storms Saturday and Sunday. The weather that moved into the Grand Island area wasn’t predicted. At least it’s not as hot as it was 34 years ago on the day after. The first of seven tornadoes set down 11 miles northwest of Grand Island, or 3 miles north of Prairie Creek. They were lucky that way. The previous day tornadoes were reported in Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.Several more tornadoes broke out on that day in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Nebraska.On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, a slow-moving supercell thunderstorm developed over Nebraska.. Left: Tornado schematic by Ted Fujita and Roger Wakimoto. That never happened. ... from tornadoes that tore through Grand Island on June 3, 1980. Winter Storm Severity Index Local 24 Hour Precip Maps Watch Queue Queue What did you do in DC? More information about the F-Scale and Enhanced F-Scale can be found here: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/f-scale.html, Hazardous Weather I remember decorating numerous Christmas trees. Since then, the event has become a book and a television movie. Grand Island, NE ... (which ranks the intensity of a tornado's damage). Remember…they were supposed to be leaving for Oklahoma the very next day. This tornado outbreak provided the basis for a book and television movie, as well as tornado and engineering research. Winter Weather Safety Boy was he wrong. Damage by the numbers in rural areas outside of Grand Island: Model reanalysis data from the SPC Tornado Outbreak Interface: https://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/outbreaks/# While the straight line path was 7 miles, the twisting and erratic motion covered more than twice that distance, 14.5 miles, while spending 49 minutes on the ground. It is arguably an unparalleled event in meteorological history. When the sun went down, the heat of the sun was gone but the humidity was atrocious. This was the house they purchased and called home until the day they both had to leave it and go to a care center. Archived Weather Events Tornado Hill is the result of all the debris left from the destruction and it still remains. CoCoRaHs Thanks for sharing your story. The various colors show the temperatures of the earth's surface and clouds, and can clue you in to the heights a storm is reaching. 1980 Grand Island,NE Tornado Newspaper Stamped June 3rd, 1980 The Story Of The Grand Island Tornadoes, The Grand Island Daily Independent. Seven tornadoes touched down in or … I would be willing to bet that if my Grandma were still alive, she would probably say I am a lot like her – A LOT. However, longtime residents of Grand Island will remember the night of June 3, 1980, when seven tornadoes, three of which rotated anti-cyclonically, struck Grand Island… The disaster wiped out whole sections of the city’s southern business district and hundreds of homes. Weather Forecast Office. I found this in Grandma’s book. Multiple locations were found. But in the words of Weather Service meteorologist George Grimm, most of the ingredients for severe weather were missing. The fourth tornado, and third and final anti-cyclonic tornado, touched down near Highway 34 and Shady Bend Road. When it came, it came suddenly and right overhead. The images below are radar images taken from the Weather Serveillance Radar-1957 (WSR-57) which was in service at the Weather Service Office at the Grand Island Airport from the early 1970s through the mid 1990s. You’ll have to let me know what you’re up to and how you’re doing and if it’s all you thought it would be. Click to enlarge. Regional Weather Summary Between 9:05-9:12 p.m. CDT, Tornadoes #1, #2, and #3 were on the ground, Between 9:12-9:30 p.m. CDT, Tornadoes #1 and #3 were on the ground, Between 10:25-10:28 p.m. CDT, Tornadoes #5 and #6 were on the ground. And thank you!! On days where severe weather is a threat, the behavior of clouds (or the lack of clouds period) can provide insight on where thunderstorm development is (or is not) likely. The WSR-57 located at the Grand Island Airport was decommissioned in the mid 1990s, replaced by the new Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler (WSR-88D), which remains in service today near Blue Hill, NE. Toll from tornado reaches 4 deaths The death toll from the tornadoes which ripped through Grand Island Tuesday increased to four late Wednesday afternoon when emergency authorities found a fourth body in the rubble of the Dairy Queen on the southwest corner of … I remember Dad telling me he looked out the window and saw the bug zapperÂ standing so he told Grandpa and Grandma it must not have been too bad. Here is a top-down view of the atmosphere behind the June 3rd tornado outbreak. Another interesting tidbit about this event is that there were times where multiple tornadoes were on the ground simultaneously! During the early evening hours, a massive supercell thunderstorm complex developed just north-northwest of Grand Island. But science didn’t expect what happened. The tornado center is the large hole just left of center. I’m glad you enjoyed my memory of at “event”! Satellite Questions? The Tornadoes of Easter 1913. The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak, also known as The Night of the Twisters, was a tornado outbreak that produced a series of destructive tornadoes that affected the city of Grand Island, Nebraska, on Tuesday, June 3, 1980. It sure doesn’t seem like it’s been 37 years ago. It’s not a residence – it’s an office for a car lot. The damage was most devastating along the minutes the tornado trekked down South Locust Street, where homes and businesses were "obliterated". Click on the image below to enlarge. One that you’ll NEVER forget! It was a very interesting presentation. This is done every year with telephone cooperatives sending 1 or 2 youth to DC for a week. In convective situations, such as June 3rd, the rapid development and expansion of the brighter colors (especially the reds) between 6-8 p.m. CDT shows the storm's explosive growth. Grandpa and Grandma’s house is the one just to the left of the brown house that looks like it was untouched. Just anxious to hear how it goes. grandisland1980-2000 longnowange.gq/ The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak.Seven tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska takes five lives, 357 single-family homes, 33 mobile homes, 85 apartments, 49 businesses and $300 million in damages all told, according to National Weather Service and American Red Cross statistics on the deadly storm. Formative stages of tornado #5 at 10:16 p.m. It was very unsettling to say the least! 1980-06-03: Grand Island, NE. Grandpa’s face shows just how wore out he was – both physically and mentally. So, maybe what we should start doing is paying more attention to the animals and maybe not so much importance on the weatherman ð. Winter Weather The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak, also known as The Night of the Twisters, was a … The result was the most unusual in … I can remember that day as if it were yesterday. Current Area Observations I survived the June 3 Tornadoes in Grand Island, NE has 3,585 members. It was great getting to meet so many people from across the nation. U.S. tornadoes 1950-2017. The chair was never found but my graduation picture was found laying right outside the hole. What a CRAZY sky! The third tornado of the evening, and the second anti-cyclonic, touched down between Webb Road and Highway 281, just north of Airport Road. She wrote her address on the map where the house is located. The house still stands at 2204 South Locust in Grand Island, NE. Look just below the window…the bug zapper is still sitting where Dad saw it. This 1000-yard wide tornado swept west just north of Bismark Road, crossed Shady Bend and Stuhr Roads, before turning southwest across Bismark Road north of the Fonner Park area. No, the combines were parked in an area of Grand Island that wasn’t in the path of the storm. The tornado crossed Highway 34 and tracked another half-mile southeast before lifting. My grandparents taught me a lot about perseverance, persistence, stubbornness and what it means to love someone! I remember that movie. There was 105 of us from across the nation and our time was spent touring the major national monuments as well as some educational classes on the world of telecommunications. Water was in short supply. This 500-yard wide tornado briefly tracked north, then reversed course to the south, then southeast across northern Grand Island, leaving a 3.7 mile long path of destruction. This is Tornado #2 (left) and #3 (right), looking north, Experimental Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook, https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=YmFnNmiWdlo&t=10s, https://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/outbreaks/#, https://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/f-scale.html, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Weather Radio I remember waking up in the morning and Grandma wasn’t there (she’d lay on the bed with me until I fell asleep) and how sad I was when I realized that she was gone. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Fire Weather Five people lost their lives as a result of these tornadoes, with around 200 people injured. This 600-yard wide tornado tracked approximately 4 miles over mainly rural areas, though additional injuries did occur. The disaster wiped out whole sections of the city’s southern business district and hundreds of homes. I was living in Grand island at that time and was stuck in west GI until the twisters quit wind was still a problem as i was waiting for a train in water running board deep when the front end of my car came off the ground. Reading this reminds me of Walt loosing all his machinery to a tornado in the movie “Race Against the Harvest”, and I believe he was in Nebraska at the time as well. NWS Tornado, The Storm of The Century; Grand Island June 3, 1980 The hole that was left by the vicious winds. Please try another search. Join this group to share your memories of the "Night of the Twisters," mourn what was lost, and celebrate the community that rebuilt the city in … The final tornado of the evening touched down southeast of the Hall-Hamilton County bridge. I remember coloring Easter eggs.Â I remember playing “button, button” on the basement steps with my brothers.Â I remember climbing the cherry tree and picking strawberries in the backyard. They’re GOOD people! This is the only known photo of the tornadoes from June 3, 1980. Hopefully we can actually meet somewhere along the trail this summer ð. On the evening of June 3, 1980, Grand Island was hit by a storm unlike any seen before on the Great Plains of North America. While VIS satellite imagery can show great details in the evolution of clouds, a limitation is the fact it is dependent on sunshine to view. Same vantage point – looking north on South Locust Street. I have a great harvest friend in Colby. Most people in Nebraska know the story about the Night Of The Twisters: on June 3, 1980, a massive supercell moved over Grand Island and produced seven tornadoes that swallowed up much of the city. Weather Service statewide tornado drill … Those in parts of Omaha and further north weren’t so lucky. Ironic because it was 34 years ago today – on a Tuesday – Â that changed my Grandparent’s lives forever. I’m super anxious to get started! The last picture I took of Wes Once the sun sets (seen in the gradual darkening of the images below), VIS is no longer usable until the next morning. Damage in rural areas just southeast of Grand Island, More scour marks from one of the tornadoes southeast of Grand Island. Left: Tornado schematic by Ted Fujita and Roger Wakimoto. Activity Planner Area Forecast Discussion Island Records AHPS Precipitation Analysis I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such heat. I remember the tea parties Grandma and I had using her antique dishes (we used instant coffee, of course). As a side note, Grandpa’s chair sat in the corner and there was a small table next to it. If it does, it will mean someone will have their world turned upside down and memories could be changed for a lifetime. Additional advances in computing power and equipment improvements over the past several years have given meteorologists powerful tools to assess anything from drizzle to freezing rain to tornadoes. Along this path, a woman was killed while trying to drive to a relative's house, 25 people were injured, and farm houses were torn apart. It’s weird how the animals know bad weather is coming. Jun 4, 2015 - Photos of the weather data, and aftermath pictures after the tornadoes hit Grand Island on June 3, 1980. “Looking west from the western edge of Grand Island theÂ A short-lived tornado set down north of Highway 2 near the intersection of Webb Road and Airport Road, just east of the first tornado. I just got back home today from DC and head out tomorrow to meet up with them. Tuesday, June 3,1980 marked one of the most unique tornado events to ever impact Nebraska, if not the entire United States. It’s just a building now…no longer a home. Aerial photo of tornado path through a field. This many slow-moving, damaging tornadoes affecting such a small-but-populated geographic area makes it an one-of-a-kind event, but what made it even more unique was the fact that 3 of the 7 tornadoes were anti-cyclonic! While we were in Limon, CO, the girls and I took our tu... Before I begin, I want to add a disclaimer to the pictu... taking a spin in the B-17 “Flying Fortress”. It is arguably an unparalleled event in meteorological history. I remember the smell of roast beef cooking when we walked into the house. While there were no fatalities, 40 people were injured by this tornado before it lifted over the center of town. Local Archived Precip Maps The majority of tornadoes in the northern hemisphere are cyclonic, meaning they spin counterclockwise. Prairie Creek runs along the left side of the photo. Â Grandma had just been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and didn’t walk without the help of a crutch. People were to tell later of dogs cowering in corners and whimpering all day. The top ten killer tornadoes in Nebraska history may surprise you. Cooperative Observers Great story. A quick comparison of the WSR-57 (in service on June 3, 1980) and the WSR-88D (currently in service). See more ideas about grand island, weather data, island. The clock stopped. The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak, also known as The Night of the Twisters, affected the city of Grand Island, Nebraska on June 3, 1980. The tornado continued to move southwest through residential areas until it reached the business district at South Locust Street and Fonner Park Road. I remember Grandma talking about this home when it was brand new. Grand Island doesn’t show many reminders of June 3. ... be important to understand the relationship between our communications center and the one at Grand Island. Aviation Weather Center This was the time the tornado hit the house that would no longer hold memories for me or my family. I grew up in North West Kansas (Colby) but am now in Virginia! This complex continued to grow through the evening, shown by the 11 p.m. CDT image. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed, with a total damage of nearly 300 million dollars (in 1980 dollars). It’s sad to see all that damage but it’s tough times like that that make people stronger. This place still holds fond memories…just not the same. Click to enlarge. The largest of these was an F-4 that leveled everything it came into contact with. The humidity was not very high that day. Watch Queue Queue. Below are images of the damage and aftermath caused by the tornadoes. A custom harvester is a different breed of people. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Hopefully – we usually see Hank’s vehicles in the Garden City, KS area. Lightning Safety National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Strong faith. I don’t remember all the details like I wish I did. Homes: 531 destroyed, 415 damaged, 1,038 had minor damage, Businesses: 49 destroyed, 23 with major damage, 35 with minor damage, Hospitals: 250 people treated in 12 hours, National guard personnel: 400 personnel brought in, Approximately 300 million dollars in 1980 (would equate to roughly 1 billion dollars in 2020), Farms: 35 badly damaged or destroyed, 11 with major damage, 20 with minor damage, Farm buildings: 48 destroyed, 80 with minor damage, Approximately 5.1 million dollars (would equate to roughly 17 million dollars in 2020). I had just graduated from High School. The skies were clear, and forecasts called for only a slight chance of thunder showers — a 20 percent probability for Tuesday night. Most people from Nebraska have vivid memories of the Omaha tornado on May 6, 1975, or the Grand Island tornadoes of June 3, 1980. Remember the memory of the picture window? Hastings, NE6365 North Osborne Drive WestHastings, NE 68901-9163402-462-4287Comments? As soon as the wall was built and the trailers were packed with what could be salvaged, they headed for Oklahoma.Â. A little humid perhaps, but not hot. It sounded like it was directly over the house and comparing it to a freight train wouldn’t have been far off. I never got so tired of pop as I did at that time! Looking west from the western edge of Grand Island theÂ, Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window). The story by Ivy Ruckman published in 1984, is written from the point of view of 12-year-old Dan Hatch, who – after his home and neighborhood are destroyed by one of the tornadoes – begins a search for his parents as more tornadoes roll through the area. Counties in a high risk tornado area include Thayer County, NE, Nuckolls County, NE and Fillmore County, NE.The largest tornado on record occurred on 05/05/1964, measuring a … NWS Enterprise Resources. I’m certain they’re dealing with cleanup mode today. (My final blog for 20... ****** Sounds like a great experience…a lot of kids! Night Of The Twisters Book. The neighbors roosters crowed almost all night, their sheep and calves bawled all night, and my hogs were up all night banging lids and grunting. Putting these features together, the environment was. It has been studied by weather scientists and a special research program came to Grand Island after the storm.Â Â, The above quote came from the website,Â “The Real Night of the Twisters”. ð. Local Database (NOWData) The deadliest and most powerful tornado of the evening touched down on the east side of Grand Island in the Eagles Lake and Crystal Lake areas. The day was hot clear skies and slight chance of a shower. The sixth tornado touched down east of Shady Bend Road just north of Highway 34. Aerial view of damage from tornado #5 in the Eagles & Crystal Lake areas. That story just broke my heart! A very scarey time. These images show surface based Convective Available Potential Energy, otherwise known as CAPE (J/kg). The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak, also known as The Night of the Twisters, affected the city of Grand Island, Nebraska on June 3, 1980.Seven tornadoes touched down in or near the city that night, killing 5 and injuring 200. TornadoHistoryProject.com - Over 60,000 tornado maps. I’m glad you’re going with them and I wish you all the luck in the world! Top ten killer tornadoes in Nebraska history. It broke my heart too. While these tornadoes did significant amounts of damage, they are not the a part of the top ten killer tornadoes. Unlike Visible satellite imagery, IR satellite data is not dependent on sunlight and is available 24-hours a day. Thread starter Mark Blue; Start date ... an AMS meeting in Omaha where Ted Fujita was the guest speaker and presented a slide show of his investigation of the Grand Island tornadoes. They are the reason I am the way I am today. Nebraska averages 42 tornados per year, resulting in an average of 1 fatalities. Thanks for reading it and for leaving me a note. email@example.com. Memories. Yes I am going with them. Â The grain trucks were rounded up and used to haul away debris. OUTSTANDING!! 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