Deadly Mississippi Tornadoes

Mississippi used to get a a lot of tornadoes which killed more than 20 people, but they rarely happen any more. During the spring of 1920, Mississippi had four of them during a five week period.

The United State’s Worst Tornadoes

On April 20, 1920, Mississippi death counts from three separate tornadoes was 44, 27 and 36.

21 Apr 1920, 1 – The Arkansas City Daily News at

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17 Responses to Deadly Mississippi Tornadoes

  1. czechlist says:

    “facts are stubborn things” (per John Adams and RWR) which the ideologically sensational media will simply ignore. The population has more than doubled since 1950 so the exposure/vulnerability cross section is larger. Even considering they are random events geograpically, if there is more violent weather more often shouldn’t we expect more casualties than in the past?

    • conrad ziefle says:

      The media does not want to think anything through and give a thoughtful presentation of the issues. They want to be Chicken Little of every hour of every day. No one should listen tho them for truth and reason. And someone should replace them with a network that does truth and reason. And I can’t believe there supposedly was a poll where Biden still beats Trump OR DeSantis. If so, at this point, we’ve been overrun by a bunch of automaton Marxists.

      • arn says:

        The Marxists are coming from all sides.
        “Our world needs climate actions on ALL fronts – everything,everywhere,all at once”
        UN Boss Guterres (quoting a movie title which got Oscars as result of using dildos doesn’t make a statement true)

        Here a recent IPCC: “We need fast,far reaching transitions ”
        “prioritizing equity,climate justice,social justice and inclusion can enable ambitious mitigation and climate resilient development ”

        Same BS Biden is talking,
        and bringing justice by shifting power to a few people and make people own nothing?
        On the other hand:Whenever the USA started one of their wars,tolerated or approved by UN, they used fancy names like humanitarian help or project enduring freedom to justify the total destruction of a country.
        So we can assume what catastrophy can be expected when they promise justice and inclusivity(imagine the inclusivity of owning nothing)

    • rah says:

      Balancing that fact is the fact that we now have far better detection and forecasting and so a lot more tornadoes are reported and the bulk of those are EF-0,1, and 2s. Or IOW we “see” a lot more of the less violent storms than we used to. Overall both proportionally and straight counts, the incidence of EF-3 and higher storms, the real killers, has been considerably lower than were reported in the later part of the 20the century.

      When was the last EF-5 reported? Joplin, MO?

  2. rah says:

    Looked at the Stats a couple years ago. According to NOAA, proportionally based on the number of reported tornadoes, more people are injured and killed by tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi than in the tornado alley states.

    I reckon that is because in the wide open spaces of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, people are more likely to see them coming than in the wooded and hilly regions.

    Of course when they strike at night I would guess that theory goes out the window.

    • conrad ziefle says:

      Having lived in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, I can tell you that even at night sirens usually go off when tornados are nearby, and this was before Doppler. Maybe with Doppler, people have distanced themselves from being aware of the signs and rely on the government to tell them when trouble is coming.

  3. rah says:

    They also had plenty of forewarning that they needed to be on their toes and pay attention to the weather.

    They had warning last night better than any siren for those paying attention that could pull themselves away from what show they were watching on the idiot tube to check out what was going on in the real world.×720/Yhz5iaPtMv2CuT3X.mp4?tag=12

  4. rah says:

    Well folks, according to Joe Bastardi, last night is just the beginning.

    The American Storm
    Signature pattern of major cold to the northwest and southern US warmth fueled by very warm gulf will continue. 1, perhaps 2 major outbreaks lurk before Easter, around March 30-31 and April 4. Strong cold troughs lifting NE thru the plains mean big problems to their south.

    First this:

    And then this:

  5. Caleb Shaw says:

    What the false prophets don’t see is the terrible wrath they will face when the so-called lemmings wake up. Who would ever dream lemmings can grow fangs?

    One thing about the demise of the Anasazi civilization in the American Southwest involves the destruction of the magnificent Kivas they had built. The roofs were enormous, and involved entire tree trunks used as beams. The nearby pines were too short and squat, so taller, slender, 70-foot-tall pine-trunks had to be carried by men (they had no horses or oxen) nearly a hundred miles. It is likely that, in that arid climate, the roofs would still be standing, had the drought-parched people simply packed up and left. However, (and admittedly this is speculation), the so-called lemmings got angry when the priests failed to bring the rains with their dances, or tithes, or whatever it was they required, and people rioted and burned the Kivas down. All that is left of those pine roof-beams is charcoal in the holes where the ends of the beams rested. And, if the magnificent Kivas were destroyed, I can’t imagined the priests fared much better.

    For a time the false seem to prosper in the lap of luxury, but only for a time.

  6. rah says:

    The more I hear and see the more evident it is that was one big bad ass storm in Mississippi last night. Damage path about a mile wide and on the ground for about 100 miles. Bet it was at least an EF-4.

  7. Laurie says:

    The footage was jaw dropping, but still – thank you for being a trustworthy, dependable resource.

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