What happened last year in Moore, Oklahoma?

Thirty-two tornado reports. More than 200 counts of wind damage. More than 100 hail reports.

That was one year ago.


May 20, 2013 was the third day in a row with severe weather. It was also far and away the worst.

Most remember the day because of the EF-5 tornado that hit Moore.

A deep, upper-level trough was slowly working its way across the country. At the surface, a low-pressure system was moving through Oklahoma. The Storm Prediction Center issued a moderate risk for severe weather, centered over Central Oklahoma.


The SPC knew this would be a day for supercell development, and therefore, chances for large tornadoes were higher than usual.

By the afternoon, thunderstorms began to develop along the front.

A little before three in the afternoon, a tornado was spotted near Newcastle. For the next forty minutes, that tornado would travel fourteen miles leaving a path of destruction in its wake, including the community of Moore.

In all, the tornado cost $2 billion, took two dozen lives, and injured more than 200 people.

A year later, the severe weather threat is elsewhere, but the storm is still fresh in this community's mind.

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