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F4 TORNADO WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS ON APRIL 10TH, 1979

Residents of Wichita Fall and Wichita County never forget the "Terrible Tuesday" of April 10th, 1979 when an F4 Tornado reached the city and kill 59 people and injured another 2000.

The warning system of the city started sounding around 5:50 pm the same time that storm spotters reported seeing the tornado approaching Memorial Stadium, the town’s high school football field.

The tornado started as an F0 south of Crosbyton, Texas around 3:05 pm and ending in Wichita Falls as an F4, during its path the big phenomenon appeared as a black, column-shaped mass, carving a path of destruction more than 1 mile wide as the storm made its way through the area. Swirling within the tornado’s fury were large pieces of debris that were visible from miles away.

A deepening low pressure system formed in Colorado as a warm front lifted north pulling warm, moist, unstable air. There was strong upper level dynamics all coming together to produce strong tornado-producing supercells. In the early afternoon hours, three supercell thunderstorms formed. They moved northeastward, and as a trio spawned families of tornadoes. These supercells caused the most damaging tornadoes of the outbreak.

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