Chapter 4: Severe Weather


The La Plata Tornado of April 28, 2002

The College Park Tornado of September 24, 2001

D.C. Area Tornadoes

1) An Atmosphere Ripe for Tornadoes
2) Tornado Alley East?
3) Mini Tornado Alleys around Washington
4) Thunderstorm Genesis
5) Where There's Thunder, There's Lightning
6) What Goes Up, Must Come Down
7) Watch Out for Bow Shapes on Radar!
8) Supercells: The Ultimate Thunderstorms
9) Tornado Formation: Still Somewhat of a Mystery
10) Waterspouts: Tornadoes' Aquatic Cousins
11) Tornado Danger Signs
12) Doppler Radar Detects a Near-F6 Tornado!
13) Safeguarding Yourself and Others
14) The Independence Day Storm of July 4, 1874
15) The Severe Thunderstorm of July 30, 1913
16) The Silver Spring Tornado of April 5, 1923
17) The Deadly La Plata Schoolhouse Tornado of November 9, 1926
18) The Alexandria and Washington Tornado of November 17, 1927
19) Washington's Historic Lightning Rods
20) The Severe Thunderstorm of July 3, 1965
21) The Mid-Winter Thunderstorms of January 26, l971
22) The April Fools' Day Tornado of April 1, 1973
23) The Crash of TWA Flight 514 in Severe Weather: December 1, 1974
24) The Hailstorm of the Century, July 10, 1975
25) The Destructive Thunderstorm of July 16, 1976
26) The Flag Day Tree Massacre, June 14, 1989
27) The Devastating Hailstorm of April 23, 1999
28) The Tornadoes of September 24, 2001
29) The Devastating La Plata Tornado of April 28, 2002
30) The Birth of a Thunderstorm - August 2, 2002