DISCUSSION: As we look back only 12 years ago today, we arrive at the occurrence of a very historic severe weather day with respect to Indiana and Kentucky state weather history. More specifically, November 6th, 2005 is the anniversary of the Evansville, IN tornado which was a more contemporary but still historic severe weather event. First off, this destructive tornado occurred during early November which is fairly unusual for that part of the Ohio River Valley at that time of the year. Though, in this severe weather event's defense, there tends to be a secondary peak in tornado occurrence during the early/mid-Fall time-frame which makes not quite as unusual as one may think for this part of the Ohio Valley within the Central United States.
As a solid point of comparison, attached below is an exact excerpt from the NWS Paducah, Kentucky office on how this particular severe weather event stacked up with previous severe weather events in the state of Indiana and Kentucky. Also, note the tornado was rated an F-3 still due to the fact that the EF-scale for rating tornado intensity did not come into the picture until February 1st, 2007.
"At the time, the deadliest tornado in Indiana since 1974 took the lives of two dozen persons in the middle of the night and 230 others were injured. A mobile home park on the southern outskirts of Evansville suffered the vast majority of the fatalities and injuries. This F-3 tornado crossed the Ohio River three times during its 41-mile trek across three Ohio River counties of southwest Indiana as well as Henderson County, KY."
To learn more about this particular severe weather event in greater detail, click on the following link.
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