April 2020 Carolina Tornado Outbreak: A lookback [Ep. 359]
On the anniversary of one of the worst tornado outbreaks in Carolina history, we take a look back at the setup and resulting tornadoes.
Our guest this week is John Quagliariello, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Columbia, South Carolina.
On April 13, 2020, there were 77+ tornadoes across the entire Southeast.
For John Q and his colleagues, they found themselves in the middle of the 4th largest tornado outbreak on record for South Carolina stretching from the overnight hours of April 12th through the morning of April 13.
In the four offices that cover South Carolina, there were 36 tornadoes that touched down, including 28 total in South Carolina.
John's office alone, which covers the Midlands of South Carolina and the Central Savannah River area of Georgia, saw 8 tornadoes, including 5 EF3's, 2 EF2's, and 1 EF1.
Unfortunately, there were 77 injuries and nine fatalities with the 36 tornadoes in South Carolina. Seven of those injuries and two of the fatalities occurred with the EF3 that struck Livingston, SC in our forecast area.
SEE MORE DATA ANALYSIS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/bd495963f64b47c0a1b1b9690e57387c
SEE OUR 2020 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AFTER THE STORM: https://youtu.be/EANms8HL22Q