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Event

May 21st, 2016 Midwest Tornado Outbreak
El Reno OK Tornado (2013).jpg
A shot of the East-Southeastern St. Louis EF4
Date of tornado outbreak: May 21st, 2016
Duration1: 5 hours, 12 minutes
Maximum rated tornado2: EF5 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 29
Damages: $3 billion (2015 USD)
Fatalities: 132
Areas affected:

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale


Imagine if this actually happened.







  • The NW Houston Anticyclonic EF5
  • The Waco EF2
  • The Amarillo EF3










Tornado count

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
29 6 10 5 4 2 2



Tornadoes

List of confirmed tornadoes - May 21st, 2016
F#
Location
Time (EDT)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Oklahoma
EF1 NNE of Tulsa 9:57 AM 2 miles 0 deaths - First of Two Tulsa Tornadoes - Rope tornado caused some damage to houses.
EF0 S of Tulsa 10:09 AM 1 mile 0 deaths - Second of Two Tulsa Tornadoes - Rope tornado hit a park..
EF1 NW of Oklahoma City 10:26 AM 2 miles 0 deaths - Rope tornado caused some damage to houses.
EF1 W of Tulsa 10:49 AM 1.8 miles 0 deaths - Rope tornado hit a trailer park.
EF2 NNE of Binger 10:57 AM 5.2 miles 1 death - Anticyclonic tornado caused damage to houses and a trailer park.
EF4 S of Norman 11:18 AM 20 miles 25 deaths - Mile wide tornado caused devastation to houses and businesses.

This tornado came extremely close to central Norman.

EF1 NW of Wakita 11:30 AM 2.1 miles 0 deaths - Weak Elephant-Trunk tornado caused some damage to houses.
EF2 Canton 12:20 PM 5.5 miles 0 deaths - Skinny cone tornado went through canton.
EF3 Norman 1:01 PM 12.7 miles 4 deaths - Rain-wrapped Quarter mile wide tornado went through norman.
EF0 NE of Altus 1:25 PM 1 mile 0 deaths - Anticyclonic Tornado caused light damage to a farm.
EF5 SSW of Altus 3:00 PM 30 miles 22 deaths - Mile wide tornado caused significant damages.
Texas
EF0 NE of Dimitt 10:07 AM 1.1 miles 0 deaths - Tornado formed in a field.
EF2 WSW of Waco 10:18 AM 5.9 miles 1 death - Skinny cone hit a trailer park.
EF1 Dallas 10:55 AM 1.9 miles 0 deaths - Rope tornado went through dallas..
EF1 S of Lubbock 11:32 AM 1.7 miles 0 deaths - Rope tornado caused damage to power-lines, trees and park equipment.
EF3 NE of Amarillo 11:59 AM 11 miles 6 deaths - Half mile wide tornado caused considerable damage to houses and businesses.
EF0 N of Happy 12:39 PM 1.2 miles 0 deaths - Weak Elephant-Trunk tornado formed in a field.
EF1 ESE of Austin 1:41 PM 2 miles 0 deaths - Anticyclonic Tornado caused some damage to houses.
EF5 NW of Houston 2:21 PM 19 miles 17 deaths - Powerful Anticyclonic Tornado caused significant damage to houses and businesses.

This was the strongest anticyclonic tornado since the 1981 West Bend tornado.

Kansas
EF3 NE of Wichita 11:10 AM 12.5 miles 5 deaths - Multivortex Tornado caused damage to houses.
EF2 N of Dodge City 11:57 AM 5 miles 0 deaths - Skinny cone tornado caused damage to some houses.
EF0 NNW of Greensburg 12:06 PM 1 mile 0 deaths - Rope tornado caused little or no damage.
EF2 SE of Greensburg 12:27 PM 5.6 miles 1 death - Rain-wrapped Tornado caused damage to houses.
EF1 NE of Salina 1:45 PM 1.7 miles 0 deaths - Rope Tornado caused some damage to houses.
Missouri
EF1 E of Branson 12:30 PM 1.8 miles 0 deaths - Anticyclonic Tornado caused some damage to houses.
EF1 SSW of Joplin 1:32 PM 1.6 miles 0 deaths - Weak Elephant-trunk Tornado caused some damage to houses.
EF4 ESE of Saint Louis 1:44 PM 21.5 miles 50 deaths - Mile wide tornado caused devastation to houses and businesses.

This tornado came very close to downtown St. Louis.

Nebraska
EF3 WNW of Aurora 2:14 PM 10.8 miles 2 deaths - Multivortex Tornado caused damage to houses..
EF0 NE of Lincoln 3:09 PM 1 mile 0 deaths - Anticyclonic Tornado caused light damage to a farm.
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