Ranking the Nation's Worst Tornadoes
What would you consider the worst tornadoes in U.S. history?
TWC Severe Weather Expert, Dr. Greg Forbes combed through damage costs (adjusted for inflation through 2011) and fatality statistics in order to rank the nation's worst single tornadoes, using a 100-point scale.
Of course, there are many ways one can combine and scale this data, so, this is just one possibility. The higher the index, the "worse" or more impactful the tornado.
You may be surprised to find that the April 3, 1974 "Superoutbreak" did not have a single tornado on the list.
"None of the 1974 Superoutbreak tornadoes individually were exceptionally deadly, which kept them off the list," says Dr. Forbes.