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Kentucky Tornado Updates

December 13, 2021

By Paul Homewood



Just a few updates on the weekend’s tornado outbreak:

NWS Kentucky have confirmed three EF-3 tornadoes in the state, including the one which hit Mayfield:

 Track Map of Tornado Outbreak December 11, 2021




Meteorologist Chris Martz has tweeted, confirming that EF-3+ tornado activity has halved since the 1950s:



The Edwardsville, Illinois tornado, which destroyed the Amazon warehouse there, has also been categorised as EF-3. The Illinois State Climatologist’s map below shows that tornadoes in the state during December are not unheard of, including several EF-3s, as well as EF-4s and one EF-5:


The EF-5 occurred in December 1957. It was part of a 3-day outbreak, mainly affecting Missouri and Illinois,  bringing 9 EF-3s, 3 EF-4s, as well as the EF5 which hit Sunfield. [These figures include tornadoes elsewhere in the Midwest – the map below shows just Illinois and Missouri]




Finally, I’ll leave the last word to HH Lamb, who explains why spring is the peak time of the year for tornadoes:




It is the cold, Arctic air that is key, not warm Gulf air. And the notorious tornadoes of the 1970s followed severely cold winters, something global warming is supposed to diminish.

  1. lapford permalink
    December 13, 2021 7:18 pm

    And interestingly the worst tornado swarm (most deaths) was back in 1925.

  2. Broadlands permalink
    December 13, 2021 7:36 pm

    Apparently the CO2 from the fossil fuels that have made our ability to transport ourselves quickly away from extreme weather hazards has not been the cause of these hazards. Natural variability has. Somebody tell those who travel back and forth to climate summits about that. They emit lots of CO2. Lithium battery vehicles will need some fossil fuel vehicles when they get stuck?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 14, 2021 1:28 pm

      Travelling from London Bridge to Cannon Street this morning I looked down and saw a van proudly proclaiming it was 100% electric on the back of a breakdown truck that was 100% diesel.

      • Janice Moore permalink
        December 15, 2021 10:22 pm


  3. December 13, 2021 8:01 pm

    O/T ….

    Bedwetting exaggeration that might affect sea level rise seems highly likely from “”

    • Duker permalink
      December 14, 2021 1:44 am

      Its complete rubbish. Air pollution ..or smoking can shorten lifespans, but its not what you would class as a ’cause’ of death based on standard medical protocols.
      In some places ‘asthma thunderstorms’ can led a massive increase in airborne pollen which will lead to severe attacks and multiple deaths over a period of hours but even then the cause of death is asthma attack not airborne pollution.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        December 14, 2021 9:15 am

        I often quote the case of my son, he suffered from eczema and asthma almost from birth in the case of the former and about 2 years old in the latter. but his most serious asthma attacks were in May on Cup Final weekend (we watched four in Derby Childrens Hospital) and mid-September when he spent four of my father’s birthdays in Derby Children’s Hospital. Nobody can convince me it wasn’t something in nature that triggered these attacks rather than man made pollution

        These weren’t his only visits to hospital but the others were ore random. Fortunately he no longer suffers and none of his children appear to have inherited the condition

    • cookers52 permalink
      December 14, 2021 6:48 am

      Wow! This means 4 out of 5 premature deaths are caused by something else.

      This air pollution statistic myth just won’t lie down it resurrects itself from time to time. It all started when the WHO allowed speculation of contributions to mortality to creep in to mortality statistics.

      Grinding unforgiving Poverty is the main cause of premature death, and net zero policies will only add to this problem.

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        December 14, 2021 9:25 am

        It’s nonsense, unless you cook over an open fire, inside.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      December 14, 2021 11:18 am

      Amazing how life expectancy still keeps going up!

  4. Susan permalink
    December 13, 2021 8:09 pm

    April 5, 1974 – Paducah, KY Sun-Democrat Vol 96-No. 81
    Tornadoes Leave 320 DEAD; State is Disaster Area
    Thousands Injured, Homeless

    April 3-4 1974 recorded 148 tornadoes in 24 hours

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 13, 2021 10:37 pm

      Yes, the April, 1974, “Superoutbreak” remains the greatest tornado outbreak ever.

      In spite of what Joe Biden reads off the teleprompter.

      • December 14, 2021 11:57 am

        An Oklahoma “storm chaser” called into what was Rush’s show yesterday. He indicated that this was a huge event which went for a long time instead of a number of outbreaks. There may have also been some smaller outbreaks, but it was the big one which did the most damage from its size size and scope.

  5. jimlemaistre permalink
    December 13, 2021 9:06 pm

    As always Paul . . . Great Research . . . Thanks !!

  6. Curious George permalink
    December 13, 2021 10:03 pm

    Business as usual: Lie. Lie more. Lie even more.

  7. Gamecock permalink
    December 13, 2021 10:30 pm

    ‘The Illinois State Climatologist’

    I’m old enough to remember when states had a “state meteorologist,” who provided useful information.

  8. December 13, 2021 10:54 pm

    Glowball Warmunism Sharknado preachers couldn’t differentiate a constant if they had to. Math and causality will get you nowhere with them. Best reaction is to vote libertarian so as to cut down on reprisals. Germans who backed nationalsocialism to “get even” over war reparations soon found bombs raining down upon them. Persons wronged by The Looter Kleptocracy are manipulable tools eager to act against American energy conversion and evacuation capabilities.

  9. Duker permalink
    December 14, 2021 2:40 am

    This is NOAA historical tornado tracks EF2 and higher in the Southern Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and western Kentucky area since 1950. Not a single county that hasnt had major
    multiple tornadoes in that time

    Graves Co is centre bottom

  10. cookers52 permalink
    December 14, 2021 6:38 am

    The BBC News tried but failed to blame climate change. It is just weather.

    BBC News – US tornadoes: Is climate change to blame?

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      December 15, 2021 8:22 am

      Unusually balanced for the BBC, but then it’s not been written by the usual climate liars.

  11. John Peter permalink
    December 14, 2021 7:32 am

    Here is a good article on WUWT that explains the effect of cold air and the Jet Stream on the creation of the tornadoes. Not CO2.

  12. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 14, 2021 9:18 am

    I see Mann is sticking his oar in and blaming tornados on CC:

    “You know, we need to pass Build Back Better because that bill has climate provisions that will address this problem at its — you know, at its core, which is the warming of the planet due to carbon pollution and fossil fuel burning,” Mann asserted. “So, that’s most important. We can prevent this from getting worse if we act on climate now.”

  13. ThinkingScientist permalink
    December 14, 2021 11:22 am

    So 1957 gets

    EF1 = 3
    EF2 = 11
    EF3 = 8
    EF4 = 2
    EF5 = 1

    2021 gets

    EF1 = 3
    EF2 = 1
    EF3 = 3
    EF4 = 0
    EF5 = 0

    Things really are getting worse. In the deluded minds of those who think everything is caused by climate change.

    If we weight the EF score by number of occurrences and sum we get:

    1957 = 62
    2021 = 7

    Clearly 2021 is a winner….because climate change.

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