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Links, Facts and Statistics for the April 14-15, 2012 Great Plains Severe Weather Outbreak

  • List of tornadoes that have occurred in and near Woodward, OK (1875-Present)

  • Woodward County, Oklahoma Tornadoes (1875-Present)

  • In the week leading up to the tornado (starting on April 9, 2012), Woodward County had been in 20 severe thunderstorm warnings, and 14 tornado warnings (including the warnings issued for the April 15, 2012 tornado). Two tornado warnings on April 14, 2012 (at 3:20 pm CDT and 4:59 pm CDT) included the city of Woodward.

  • If you had a weather radio programmed for just Woodward County, your radio would have alarmed 38 times (not including two Wednesday tests) between 2:30 pm CDT on Monday, April 9, 2012 and 1:15 am CDT on Sunday April 15, 2012.

  • On April 14th, your weather radio would have alarmed 22 times before the tornado warning was issued at 1200 AM CDT on April 15, 2012.

  • Woodward County was in a tornado watch continuously for 15 hours and 15 minutes on April 14-15, 2012.

  • Woodward County was under either a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning continuously for 4 hours and 14 minutes during the afternoon and evening on April 14, 2012.
 

Timeline for April 14-15, 2012 for Watches and Warnings Issued by the NWS Norman Forecast Office for the Woodward, OK Area

 
10:45 am CDT PDS Tornado Watch, including Woodward County, valid until 600pm CDT  
5:25 pm CDT PDS Tornado Watch, including Woodward County, valid until 200am CDT  
10:35 pm CDT Severe Thunderstorm Warning Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail
11:13 pm CDT Severe Thunderstorm Warning Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail; tornados can occur
11:42 pm CDT Severe Weather Statement Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail
12:00 am CDT Tornado Warning, including the city of Woodward Trained storm spotters reported a tornado 7 miles southeast of Gage
12:08 am CDT Severe Weather Statement Tornado with history of producing structural damage near Fargo
12:16 am CDT Tornado Warning, including the city of Woodward Dangerous tornado with history of producing significant damage
12:20 am CDT Severe Weather Statement At 1218 AM, a large dangerous tornado moving into Woodward
12:33 am CDT Severe Weather Statement Large dangerous tornado with history of producing significant damage in Woodward