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Summary

 

Approximate Torando Paths for the March 13, 1990 Tornado OutbreakThe mid to late 1980s marked a period with low annual tornado counts and mostly weak tornadoes occurring in the state of Oklahoma. However, a widespread outbreak of tornadoes in the central portion of the United States on March 13, 1990 marked the most significant tornado outbreak to occur in the state since 1984. Most of the 59 tornadoes reported during this outbreak including the most violent tornadoes occurred in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. However, a total of ten tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening of March 13th.

Most of the tornadoes in Oklahoma were produced by three parent supercell thunderstorms. One of the supercells moved through central Oklahoma during the late afternoon and early evening of March 13th and dropped a total of four tornadoes. Areas in and around the town of Noble were impacted by two F2 tornadoes. One F1 tornado and another F2 tornado produced damage in and near Stella, OK.

The second supercell traveled through north central Oklahoma during the late afternoon and early evening of March 13th and dropped a total of two F3 tornadoes near Wakita, OK iin Grant County. The second tornado also moved from Oklahoma into south central Kansas during its lifetime.

A third supercell moved through south central Oklahoma during the late afternoon and early evening of March 13th and dropped a total of three tornadoes including a F3 tornado the produced damage in and near Ratliff City, OK while a F2 tornado tracked in and near Pauls Valley, OK.

A synopsis of the event in Oklahoma as well as fast facts, weather maps, and a storm summary are available through these web pages.