The Springfield, Massachusetts tornado is something locals will always remember.
The state is like Oregon & Washington, averaging just 1-3 tornadoes a year. Most of those are in the middle of nowhere.
But this incredible video shows the tornado that hit downtown Springfield, Massachusetts on June 1, 2011.
It really gets amazing about 35 seconds in. This is where you see the power of the wind to move water and suck it up into the sky and create a vortex effect as the tornado hits the the Connecticut River.
And then, debris starts flying all over the place. When I visit schools, I tell kids tornadoes are like a vacuum cleaner. They suck everything up in their path (how much they can tear apart is determined by their wind speeds) and then throw it up and all around. You sure see that happening here.
Some years we’re talking about hurricanes non-stop. Other years it’s flooding that rips across the U.S.
This year, it’s tornadoes. And odds are we have another month or so of peak tornado activity.
It’s hard to believe, but so far 515 people have been killed across the U.S. by tornadoes this year. The average number? Just 55.
55 is not a typo. It is a comparison that shows just shows how extreme and devastating this year has been.