April 3, 1974: The Day Nature Ran Wild

April 3, 2014

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"It really kind of juiced my interest in meteorology as a science and trying to understand 'how could this sort of thing happen' and 'how can we get people better warned?'"

WXYZ-TV meteorologist Chris Edwards recalling the 1974 tornado outbreak.

One of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in American history started 40 years ago this week. 148 twisters touched down in 13 states and Ontario on April 3rd and 4th, 1974. The massive storm system killed more than 300 people and frustrated forecasters, whose outdated technology couldn’t keep up with the rapidly changing and deadly weather. The Super Outbreak, as it’s known today, led to innovations in tornado research and forecasting. Many of today’s meteorologists who were kids back then say that’s the event that got them started on their career paths, including WXYZ-TV forecaster Chris Edwards. He shares his memories of that day with WDET's Pat Batcheller. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Check out these links about the Super Outbreak from YouTube and WAVE-TV in Louisville