DISCUSSION: As we look back to March 20th, 1948, there was quite a historic an scary event across central to eastern Oklahoma as well as points to the east. As reflected by the direct excerpt from the "This Day in Weather History" page on Facebook, this was a very complicated and dangerous day which is surely remembered by all those that experienced this terrifying early Spring severe weather event.
"An F3 tornado tracked through Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK just before 10 p.m. destroying 54 aircraft, including 17 transport planes valued at $500,000 dollars apiece. Total damage amounted to more than $10 million dollars, a record for the state that stood until the massive tornado outbreak of 5/3/1999. Major Ernest W. Fawbush and Captain Robert C. Miller were ordered to see if operationally forecasting tornadoes were possible. Looking at this event, forecasters at Tinker believed conditions were again favorable for tornadoes and issued the first recorded tornado forecast. Five days later on 3/25 at 6 pm, predicted tornado occurred, crossing the prepared base and damage was minimized. The successful, albeit somewhat lucky forecast, paved the way for tornado forecasts to be issued by the U.S. Weather Bureau after a lengthy ban." To learn more about this particular event, feel free to click on the following link!
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