Major Connecticut Tornadoes: Are We Due for More?

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By Stephen Barabas on March 17, 2012, 1:28pm

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Did you know that the state of Connecticut has only had approximately four F3 and two F4 tornadoes since 1950?

Interestingly, one of these tornadoes, and considered to be one of Connecticut's most destructive in terms of money, occurred in the month of October.  This is none other than the F4 Windsor Locks tornado which happened on the 3rd of October in 1979.

Not only is an F3 or greater tornado in the state rare, but having it occur in the month of October is even more strange.

In fact, the state has not seen an F3 (EF today) or higher tornado since 1989 when the Hamden F4 tornado occurred. 

Are we due for another major tornado in the state? Absolutely 

Will it happen this year? Maybe. 

Springfield, Mass. was of interest last year when an EF3 tornado went through the area.

Each spring, summer, and fall in Connecticut is like a ticking time bomb. The more we depart from the last time we had a major tornado in the state, the more our chances increase that one is bound to occur again. Fortunately technology has come a long way since the late 1980s, so there should be a lot of warning if such a situation were to occur!

Buy those NOAA All Harzard Weather Radios, and pay attention to the weather on days when severe weather is forecast.  You never know . . .

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