Ohio’s biggest tornadoes have come in the early spring

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – While March started with snow and frigid temperatures this year, Ohio’s always changing weather means tornadoes are always a spring risk.

“This is a time of year where the weather changes rapidly,” Seth Binau of the National Weather Service said. “It’s cold and snowy right now, but spring is about violent temperature swings. We’ve had large tornadoes here this month, and April is the month we experience our largest tornadoes.” 

While Ohio averages more tornadoes later in the spring and summer, the state’s deadliest and most damaging tornadoes have come in April. 

  • The Fujita scale measures the damage created by a tornado. An F-5 or EF-5 tornado is the most dangerous. There have been 59 confirmed EF-5 tornadoes in the United States since 1953.
  • Four EF-5 tornadoes have been confirmed in Ohio. Two happened the same day – April 3, 1974, the day of the Xenia tornado. Another EF-5 tornado hit Salyer Park, Ohio as part of the same outbreak of storms. 
  • The first EF-5 tornado in Ohio occurred in Galipolis in 1968. The last recorded EF-5 was in Niles in 1985. 
  • The last EF-5 tornado recorded in the U.S. occurred on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Ok. 
  • The Alabama outbreak that killed 23 people on Sunday was the deadliest outbreak during the month since March 2, 2012, when 41 people were killed in an outbreak along the Ohio River Valley. Four people were killed in Adams and Clermont counties in Ohio. 

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