Four tornadoes in a line . . .
The 2011 tornado season has come early with full force and meteorologists say it is far from over. April 2011’s 300 confirmed tornadoes so far is twice as many as for all of 2010 and has broken a 40-year US record. (Source)
A violent tornado outbreak from April 25 – 28, 2011, affected the Southern Midwestern, and Eastern United States, leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake, especially across the state of Alabama. The outbreak produced destructive tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, and affected several other areas throughout the Southern and Eastern United States with tornadoes confirmed from Texas to New York.
April 27 2011 was the deadliest tornado day in the United States since the 1932 Deep South tornado outbreak of March 1932. The outbreak as a whole was possibly the deadliest since the 1936 Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak. Over 340 tornadoes were reported over four days, including 211 in 16 states on April 27.
As the storm system moved eastward toward the Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys on April 27, a very powerful 80-100 knot mid-level jet stream moved into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, behind the trough, creating strong wind shear, with a low pressure center moving quickly northeastward across those areas on the 27th.
From Four Winds:
April 14 – Hail, winds pound Kansas; Deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, Arkansas
April 15 – Intense thunderstorms rush through Central Arkansas, Tornado Count in Arkansas Rises to Nine
April 16 – Tornadoes kill several people in Carolinas
April 17 – Ferocious storms devastate South / Tornadoes, floods leave several dead in Virginia
April 18 – Storms wrack North Carolina, Scores of tornadoes reported across state
April 19 – Illinois Tornado Outbreak / Storms rip into Central, Southern Illinois
April 20 – Dozens of tornadoes rip through Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky; death toll from the severe weather to more than 248
April 21 – Hawley, Texas Supercell and Tornado
April 22 – Saint Louis “Good Friday” Tornado, Airport Closes Indefinitely After Tornado Rips Through Terminal
April 23 – North Texas Tornadic Supercell!
April 24 – Texas Tornadoes! Louisville, KY flooding
April 25 – Residents flee as river overflows Missouri levee / Flooding Continues… More Rain Expected
April 26 – Storms Leave 7 Dead in Arkansas, All but Wipe Out Town
April 27 – Tornadoes rip through Alabama, Tuscaloosa tornado hardest-hit with 162 deaths
April 28 – Tornadoes and Storms Tear Through South; at Least 292 Dead
April 29 – Federal judge gives Army Corps of Engineers OK to break Missouri Birds Point Levee
May 1 – Druidic Feast of Beltaine – Supreme Court refuses to halt Missouri levee breach
May 2 – Army Corps Breaks Southeast Missouri Levee
May 3 – Missouri farmland swamped after levee breach to help Cairo, Illinois / 2nd levee blast
May 4 – Army Corps: 3rd levee blast rescheduled for around 1 p.m. Thursday
May 5 – Memphis flooding next after levee blast
May 6 – Memphis residents warned: Flee the flood / Louisiana Flooding Emergency Declared
May 7 – Watery week ahead as Mississippi floodwaters hit Memphis, move downriver
May 8 – Flooding in Memphis Tennessee, evacuations empty more than 1,300 homes
May 9 – Arkansas Flooding: I-40 Remains Closed in East Arkansas
May 10 – Arkansas Farmland Lost as Flood Waters Move Toward Louisiana
May 11 – The Swollen Mississippi, Flooding Continues, Mississippi Delta braces for more flooding
May 12 – Lafourche Parish declares state of emergency / Mississippi River threat requires Morganza Spillway to be opened
May 13 – It’s a go: Spillway to inundate Cajun country; 3,000,000 acres of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee farmland flooded.
May 14 – Louisiana Opens Spillway as Mississippi River Gushes Through Cajun Countryside; 25,000 Homes May Be Lost
May 15 – Thousands of homes sacrificed to save New Orleans from Mississippi floods
May 16 – Space Shuttle “Endeavor” [STS-134 Mission],launched from Kennedy Space Center/ More Floodgates Opened at Morganza Spillway; FEMA begins National Level Exercises (NLE) in preparation for national catastrophic event
May 17 – New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) Flooded, ground saturated, water weight on already earthquake prone fault zone
May 18 – Rising Mississippi River floods Vicksburg, MS after levee fails
May 19 – NOAA chief warns of rapid onset of ‘unprecedented’ changes in oceans
May 20 – US Army Corps of Engineers opened more bays on the Morganza Floodway, increasing rate of water surging into LA to 114,000 cu ft./ sec.
May 21 – Ada, OK tornado
May 23 – Huge land hurricane with eye damages 200 homes in Kansas
May 24 – Huge multi-vortex HAARP tornado hits Oklahoma City leaves 50 mile trail of damage / 36 tornadoes in 7 states
May 25 – Massive HAARP tornado rips through Oklahoma; tornado roars through Sedalia, MO; tornado hits Denning/Altus, AR; Northwest Arkansas flooded, 14 in.48 hours
May 26 – Atlanta Tornado Storm
May 27 – Montpelier, Vermont Flood
May 28 – Greater Philadelphia 1.7 earthquake
May 29 – Unit 2 reactor shut down at nuclear power plant in Limerick, PA, 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia
May 30 – Huge storm system with tornados moving into Midwest and North East US
May 31 – Space Shuttle “Endeavour” landed at Kennedy Space Center / Space Shuttle “Atlantis” [STS-135 Mission] moved to launch pad
June 1 – Tornado outbreak causes heavy damage in Massachusetts; F3 tornado in Springfield; State of Emergency declared, 1,000 National Guard called up
June 2 – Missouri River flooding; So. Dakota governor urges evacuations; FEMA on location; Army Corps to break S.D. dams to release MO River flooding to Mississippi River