Tornadoes of 1980

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Tornadoes of 1980
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Grand Island tornado of June 3, 1980
Timespan January 11 - December 7, 1980
Maximum rated tornado F4 tornado
  • 5 locations
    on 4 different days
Tornadoes in U.S. 866[1]
Damage (U.S.) >$1 billion
Fatalities (U.S.) 28[2]
Fatalities (worldwide) >28

This page documents the tornadoes and tornado outbreaks of 1980, primarily in the United States. Most tornadoes form in the U.S., although some events may take place internationally. Tornado statistics for older years like this often appear significantly lower than modern years due to fewer reports or confirmed tornadoes.

Synopsis[edit]

Numbers for 1980 were below average, both in terms of number of tornadoes and number of fatalities; however, there were over 1,100 injuries related to tornadoes.

Events[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
269 398 162 32 5 0 866

January[edit]

There were 7 tornadoes in the US in January.[3]

February[edit]

There were 11 tornadoes in the US in February.[4]

March[edit]

There were 41 tornadoes in the US in March, resulting in two fatalities. On March 1, an F3 tornado in Broward County, Florida killed one and injured 33.[5]

April[edit]

There were 137 tornadoes in the US in April, resulting in four fatalities. On April 2, an F4 tornado struck Baylor County, Texas but resulted in no injuries.[6]

May[edit]

There were 203 tornadoes in the US in May, resulting in eight fatalities.[7]

May 13[edit]

The Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980 struck downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 13, 1980. The tornado, which touched down at 4:09 pm, was rated F3 on the Fujita scale. The tornado killed 5 people and injured 79. Damage was estimated at 50,000,000 dollars

June[edit]

There were 217 tornadoes in the US in June, resulting in seven fatalities.[8] On June 29, an F2 tornado in Harford County, Maryland moved onto the Aberdeen Proving Ground resulting in no fatalities, but 10 people were injured.[9]

June 3[edit]

The 1980 Grand Island tornado outbreak, also known as The Night of the Twisters, affected the city of Grand Island, Nebraska on June 3, 1980. Seven tornadoes touched down in or near the city that night, killing five and injuring 200. The highest rated tornado was a F4

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 3 8 4 3 0 15

July[edit]

There were 95 tornadoes in the US in July, resulting in five fatalities. On July 9, an F4 tornado killed two and injured 25 in Rush County, Indiana. Three more people were killed in separate tornadoes in Wisconsin on July 15th.[10]

August[edit]

There were 73 tornadoes in the US in August.[11]

September[edit]

There were 37 tornadoes in the US in September, resulting in one fatality.[12]

October[edit]

There were 43 tornadoes in the US in October, resulting in one fatality.[13]

November[edit]

There were 3 tornadoes in the US in November.[14]

December[edit]

There was 2 tornadoes in the US in December.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Annual Tornado Maps (1952 - 2011): 1980 Tornadoes". Storm Prediction Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tornadoes in 1980". Tornado History Project. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tornadoes in January 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tornadoes in February 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tornadoes in March 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tornadoes in April 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tornadoes in May 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tornadoes in June 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.erh.noaa.gov/Iwx/Historic_Events/MDcnty-tornado-events.htm
  10. ^ "Tornadoes in July 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Tornadoes in August 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tornadoes in September 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tornadoes in October 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Tornadoes in November 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Tornadoes in December 1980". National Climatic Data Center. Tornado History Project. 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 

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