This Day In 1925 – Record Heat Followed By The Deadliest Tornado In History

The Eastern US is very cold and snowy today, but on this date in 1925 they were experiencing summer weather – with 80 degree temperatures in Indiana and Ohio.

A few days later, the area was hit with the deadliest tornado(es) in US history, which flattened dozens of towns in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.

19 Mar 1925, Page 1 – Palladium-Item at

If this happened now, climate experts would demand immediate world communism to fix the weather. CO2 was below 310 PPM at the time.

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16 Responses to This Day In 1925 – Record Heat Followed By The Deadliest Tornado In History

  1. Steve Case says:

    My Dad was 17 in 1925 near New Albany, IN. He said the sky was a sick pale green on the day of that storm.

    • tonyheller says:

      I saw that at the massive 2008 Windsor, Colorado tornado. It was obvious something very bad was about to happen.

    • RAH says:

      Yep! Over land when the sky gets the distinctive green tint it’s time to start paying close attention.

      • Steve Case says:

        Sometime in the late ’70s we had a spring snow storm at night accompanied by lighting and thunder. The the lightning flashes were green!

        • RAH says:

          Steve Case
          During a meteor shower the green 0nes are ice.

          • Steve Case says:

            I never heard that one before. I don’t stay up for those annual events, and I doubt I’ll stay up for the next one – but thanks for the factoid.

          • RAH says:

            I pay attention to that kind of stuff. The next time they are predicting a particularly good one I’ll let you know. There are never any guarantees when it comes to predicting the frequency of meteors in a shower but every once in awhile they predict one to be well above average. The time to watch is usually from about 11 PM until about 2 or 3 AM because that is the time that the portion of the earth one is on is facing into the stream of cometary debris. Locate the constellation the shower is named for and look that direction. A few years ago I watched a Perseid meteor shower that was spectacular. I would say it averaged one every 10-15 seconds for nearly 2 hours. All it takes is a lawn chair or lounger oriented the right direction, proper attire for the conditions and your Mark I eye balls.

      • Gail Combs says:

        I went to college in Indiana. We used to sit at the dorm window and watch the funnel clouds form and then get sucked back up into the clouds each spring. Sometimes we had to head for the basement when they decided to stick around.

        • RAH says:

          Yea, I know, you went to IU as I did. Did you know that Brisco dorm with the tall towers was hit by a tornado years before I attended. That limestone stood up to it but in places where room doors were left open stuff was sucked out. The buildings at IU are all from limestone because the best limestone for construction in the country is found in Bedford. Meanwhile up north at Purdue in Lafayette the majority of the older buildings are all made from brick because one of that University’s early benefactors was a brick manufacture.

          • Gail Combs says:

            Not IU, further north… Laughing.

          • RAH says:

            Hmm. Purdue? Chemistry curriculum available at both places. An uncle of mine graduated from IU with a degree in chemistry. Thought it was IU because you knew about the place and talked of spelunking and IU has a spelunking club.

          • Gail Combs says:

            ‘Fraid so.

            We often went caving with the guys at IU and stayed at Dick Blintz’s(sp?) barn. I did my geology thesis under Dick Powell, who was on loan to Purdue for a year.

            Dick Blintz’s(sp?) was the guy who built a house in a cave.

  2. Rud Istvan says:

    A factoid. Tornado generating thunderstorms usually develop in late afternoon or early evening when sun driven convection is maximum. The ambient light under the storm is bluish thanks to water droplets and rain optical scattering. The bigger the supercell the more bluish. The light coming in under the storm from the sky horizon is reddish (think sunset) due to longer atmospheric path at low angle of incidence. A bluish object illuminated by reddish light appears greenish. Basic optical physics and a very real weather phenomenon.

    • RAH says:

      Though what you say makes sense I know that I have seen that green tint in the early afternoon when the sun is not yet that far down on the horizon.

      This is one that needs explaining.
      This is a quote from the book ‘Clear the Bridge’ by Dick O’Kane commander of the US sub ‘Tang’ and the best submarine ace the US had during WW II.
      ‘Tang’ is approaching Midway island to fuel enroute to her third patrol and in his description of the approach O’Kane writes:

      “French Frigate Shoals had been left behind, unseen except for the light green sky on our starboard hand, and we would make Midway at daylight.”

      Now I know that shoals and shallows can make the ocean appear greener than surrounding deeper waters. But why would the sky above them be “light green” at night?

      • Rud Istvan says:

        Dunno. Scattered clouds reflecting moonlight reflected off green tinged water? Ordinarily at night at sea (I was a blue water sailboat racer) the sky is pitch black.

  3. Andy DC says:

    If you look at the towns hit by the 1925 tornado, none of them were major cities. You can only imagine how many would have died if the tornado had made a direct hit on Kansas City, St. Louis or Indianapolis.

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