DISCUSSION: As we go all the way back to March 21st, 1932, we reach a truly historic and scary day in U.S. weather history. Between late afternoon and early the next morning on March 22nd, 1932, severe thunderstorms spawned 31 tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. The tornadoes killed a total of 334 persons and injured 1,874 others. Northern Alabama ended up being the hardest hit state during this particular severe weather outbreak as tornadoes across the state of Alabama killed 286 persons and caused five million dollars damage. Thus, this was a very long and scary day for many people across a good portion of the Southeast U.S. as this severe weather event unfolded. It is also worth noting that this particular severe weather event occurred at a period in history in which there was no Doppler radar or satellite monitoring of Earth's atmosphere which made the convective forecast that much more difficult across the southeastern U.S.
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