16 Dabbling in Forensic Meteorology - A Tale of Two Pacific Northwest Tornadoes

Monday, 7 November 2016
Broadway Rooms (Hilton Portland )
Treena M Jensen, NWS, Portland, OR

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One February week in 1904 two tornadoes were observed in the Pacific Northwest. One tornado swept through a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon and the other through the Quinault Indian Reservation in Washington. In both locations, an occupied residence was practically flattened from the storm, yet only one of the tornadoes resulted in fatalities.  Historical accounts of these tornadoes reveal fascinating stories of love, luck, and survival, and provide a lesson on forensic Meteorology.  These stories will be shared as well as the atmospheric conditions that led to the development of these tornadoes.
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