Unless you’ve recently moved to the Tri-State, the words “March 2nd” probably trigger thoughts of tornadoes and severe weather. If you’re a long-time resident of the Tri-State, you’ll likely remember where you were on April 3, 1974. Often coined the “Super Outbreak,” April 3, 1974 was the date of the one of the biggest tornado outbreaks on record in this country and in the Cincinnati area.
11 tornadoes affected the Tri-State that day, killing 8 and injuring dozens. While it no longer stands as the deadliest severe weather day in the Tri-State on record (10 Tri-State deaths are blamed on the March 2nd, 2012 tornadoes), 5 violent (F4/F5) tornadoes occurred in Tri-State on April 3, 1974 (the most for a single event):
Note that one of the strongest tornadoes that day was also the deadliest, killing 36 and injuring over 1,150 people in Greene and Clark County, Ohio.
Locally, April 3, 1974 is often remembered for the Sayler Park tornado…a rare F5 that killed 3 people in Hamilton County. This is the only F5 or EF5 tornadoe confirmed in the Tri-State since official records began in 1950. While the Sayler Park tornado was the deadliest tornado in the Tri-State that day, there were numerous other strong tornadoes in the Tri-State on April 3, 1974:
Violent (F4/F5/EF4/EF5) tornadoes are rare in the Tri-State. The April 3, 1974 Super Outbreak is the only severe weather event since 1950 to produce more than 1 violent tornado:
Until the March 2, 2012 outbreak, the outbreak of April 3, 1974 held the record for the most tornadoes locally in a single day. Outside of April 3rd, only one other tornado was confirmed in the Tri-State in 1974. 1974 currently takes 2nd place on the list for the most number of tornadoes in the Tri-State and in a single year:
What are your memories of the April 3, 1974 Super Outbreak? Were you in Cincinnati? Did you see any of the tornadoes that day? Please leave your memories in the comment section of this blog or on social media (“Meteorologist Scott Dimmich” on Facebook, @ScottDimmich on Twitter, and as “Scott Dimmich” on Google+).