Nov. 17 Tornadoes

November 21st, 2013 at 2:38 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

day1otlk_v_20131117_1300    Newaygo Tornado Nov. 2013 one  Newaygo Tornado Nov. 17 2013 four  The first graphic is one Cort linked to and shows the Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook for this Sunday with the severe weather reports (tornadoes, severe wind and severe hail).   Overall, they did an excellent job of pinpointing the areas that got hit with severe weather on Nov. 17.  The middle picture is trees blown down in Newaygo Co. (courtesy of Newaygo ES) and the third is the tornado path from E. Muskegon Co. into Newaygo Co. (and it may have briefly bounced to the ground along in SE Mecosta and Isabella County.  So far, I count 64 confirmed tornadoes, including 4 in Michigan, 26 in Indiana, 7 in Central Illinois, 6 in Northeast Illinois, 5 in the St. Louis warning area, 3 in the Cleveland NWS warning area, 1 in the Louisville KY warning area and 12 in the Paducah KY NWS warning area.  There were 2 EF4 tornadoes at New Minden IL and at Washington IL (east of Peoria).  The Washington Tornado was a high end EF4 with peak winds of 190 mph!  I can’t find a stronger November tornado anywhere in world history.  There was an F5 tornado on Dec. 18, 1957 in Sunfield, Illinois and that’s the latest calendar year F5/EF5.  The Washington Tornado was on the ground continuously for 46.2 miles, passing  through parts of 4 counties and was 1/2 mile wide.  The wedge tornado killed only one person (remarkable when you look at the damage) and there were approx 125 injuries.   There were seven tornadoes rated EF3.  The National Weather Service issued 101 tornado warnings on Sunday.   This was just the 2nd time this year that the Storm Prediction Center has issued a High Risk Area.   Here’s a historic list of EF5/F5 tornadoes.

In Michigan, 390,000 customers lost power, the most of any state.  The Midwest total was over 800,000 customers.  There were two fatalities in Michigan.  One person was hit by a falling tree in Jackson Co. and another came in contact with a live wire in Shiawassee County.   Six fatalities occurred in Illinois.   Here’s a write up on the tornadoes in Muskegon/Newaygo County, Otsego County, Cass County (the strongest at EF1), and Ingham County.   Tornado warnings were issued for the tornadoes in Muskegon/Newaygo (2:51 pm) and in Cassapolis.   Previously, we had just 6 tornadoes in Michigan during the month of November from 1950 – 2013.

15 Responses to “Nov. 17 Tornadoes”

  1. INDY says:


  2. Justin (Grand Haven) says:

    That was quite a day. Especially this late in the year. Now this Sunday looks to be the complete opposite.

  3. Sandy (HUDSONVILLE) says:

    Our power came back on Tues. – so thankful!

  4. Mike L says:

    What effect did this event have on total tornadoes for the year? Are we still way below normal?

  5. Paul S says:

    Curious where they got the template for the map from? It still shows the railroad as C&O, and it has not been the C&O for over 20 years. I’m a map geek and would like to see if they some of the now abandoned railroads still on it.

  6. Another bust for snow after a so called big snow event on the week of thanksgiving. forecast model shows less than an inch for Grand Rapids. I dont even think thats worth talking about really, as well as 3″ for south haven. 3″ is nothing in Michigan standards. Still waiting for the first snowstorm to appear in the 8 day forecast though! I hope it comes pretty soon

  7. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Quiet weather = quiet blog

  8. Cort S. says:

    Here is a map of all the watches and warnings issued last weekend:

    And this is the first time since probably June 8, 2008 that NWS Grand Rapids has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for their entire 23-county warning area. I’m guessing this has happened less than a handful of times since May 1998.

  9. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    I am really looking forward to this change of weather! Hopefully we can pick up more than a few inches of snow though… Forecasts could change, so the hopes are still high!

    1. Hopefully! I need a school closing sometime soon here!

      1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

        I’ll go out on a limb and predict no school next Thursday OR Friday!

      2. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Time away. Here you go Kyle.

  10. Is there going to be a fog threat in the morning tomorrow?? already here things are getting very foggy. I see in the state of Illinois they are reporting visibility around a 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile.

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