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Wet Weather Continues Across Parts of the Northeastern States; Unsettled Weather Pattern Returning to the Pacific Northwest

A series of storms will bring rain and gusty winds to the Northeast U.S. for the next couple of days. The rain could combine with melting snow to produce flooding on main stem rivers, especially in northern New England. Unsettled weather will return to portions of the Northwest this weekend and continue for several days. Rain, some high elevation snow, and gusty winds will be possible. Read More >

 

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The Red River Valley tornado outbreak of April 10, 1979 is one of the most significant tornado outbreaks that ever occurred in western north Texas and southern Oklahoma. To commemorate this event, the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma has compiled a large amount of information including: tornado photos of the Wichita Falls, Vernon, Seymour, and Harrold, TX tornadoes; damage photos; images of radar and satellite data; other maps and diagrams of the event; and storm data for Oklahoma and western north Texas. We would like to give special recognition to Don Burgess of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) in Norman for compiling and archiving most of the information contained within these web pages.

Two reports can be found on this web site. The NOAA Natural Disaster Report 80-1, "The Red River Valley Tornadoes of April 10, 1979" is available, and a synopsis and discussion of the event by Don Burgess can also be perused from this site. Excerpts from the Texas Department of Water Resources publication, "A Review of Texas' Weather in 1979: The Year of Devastating Tornadoes and Flash Floods," is also available.

 
April 10, 1979 Tornado Track Map