In-state football rivalries heated up, as the flagship campuses debated whether Auburn quarterback Cam Newton or Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus would be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
The worst tornado in four decades cut a mile-wide path of destruction through the heart of Tuscaloosa. Late Wednesday afternoon, residents emerged from shelter to find decimated buildings, restaurants, and homes. At least 36 people died and hundreds were...
Jan 29, 2000
Alaskans, who fly long distances to the continental United States, were about to have a taste of live TV on Alaska Airlines. One of the airlineʼs planes would feature live TV for three months to gauge demand.
Jan 30, 2000
Heavy snow and rising temperatures triggered a rash of major avalanches. Huge debris piled over highways and cut off access to the Kenai Peninsula for four days. A mile-long avalanche bowled over transmission lines, cutting off power to 2,000 Alaskans in...
Sep 28, 2009
In Pago Pago, residents of the tight-knit territory were nervous about the plans to shutter a tuna cannery and lay off its 2,100 workers. The closure, announced months ago, was just two days away.
Sep 29, 2009
At 6:48 a.m., a magnitude 8.0 earthquake jolted residents awake and triggered a tsunami. Locals fled for higher ground as 40-foot waves crashed over the territory, washing away bridges, churches, and nearly 3,000 homes. The tsunami wreckage was so severe...
Jan 17, 2010
The Arizona Cardinals played a road game in New Orleans. The Saints trounced the Cardinals 45 - 14, fueling speculation that this would be veteran quarterback Kurt Warner's final game in the NFL.
Jan 18, 2010
A snowstorm tracking from the west dumped 54 inches of snow in Flagstaff, the second-biggest snowfall in history. Temperatures dropped into the 20s. Snowmelt and rain flooded five counties, cutting off communities across 20,000 square miles from...
Jan 16, 1999
Shoppers and employees learned that Montgomery Ward & Co. was closing all remaining stores in the state. Arkansas State beat Arkansas Little Rock 84-64 in Sun Belt Conference play.
Jan 17, 1999
Fifty-six tornadoes touched ground during a 24-hour period in Arkansas, a state record. Downtown Little Rock was directly hit from a Category EF3 tornado. When it was over, more than 1,300 homes were affected, hundreds were left homeless, and seven...
Oct 16, 1989
San Franciscans nervously anticipated Game 3 of the cross-town World Series between the Giants and the Oakland As, from just over the bridge. The Giants were already down two games.
Oct 17, 1989
A powerful 6.9 earthquake shook San Francisco for a minimum of ten consecutive seconds during the Game 3 warm-up. Some 12,000 homes were wrecked beyond habitability. Natural gas lines ruptured and set fires to buildings in the Marina district. A 1.25...
Sep 5, 2010
Runners woke up early that Sunday morning to stretch for The Coal Creek Crossing race, a 10-mile race that climbs 500 vertical feet above the plains. The winner clocked in at 54:38.
Sep 6, 2010
The Fourmile Fire burned 169 homes to the ground and destroyed more than 6,000 acres of wildlands. Over 3,000 residents of the steep, forested area were forced to evacuate. By the time the fire was extinguished it had cleared the area of so much...
Aug 26, 2011
The best in women’s tennis finished their final tune up for the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the year in New Haven, Connecticut.
Aug 27, 2011
At high tide, Tropical Storm Irene hit the shoreline. The combination of rain and surge flooded roads and homes from Fairfield to New London. A record 754,000 customers— roughly half the state—lost power, some homes without power for as long as a week.
Sep 14, 2003
New Castle County officials looked forward to breaking ground the next day on a nearly 300-acre regional park at the northeast corner of U.S. 40 and Del. 896.
Sep 15, 2003
Tropical Storm Henri’s pounding rain flooded the state to such a degree that meteorologists called it a once-in-five-hundred-year event. Floodwater swallowed up hundreds of homes and businesses, including 194 in the Glenville area alone. Damage across...
District of Columbia
Feb 4, 2010
The Washington Wizards, playing at the Verizon Center, were dumped 110-92 by the visiting Orlando Magic. The visitorʼs Dwight Howard scored 22 points and put up 15 rebounds in the victory.
Feb 5, 2010
“Snowmageddon,” as called by President Barack Obama, brought close to two feet of snow and whiteout conditions to Washington. The District’s 250 plows and 750 transportation workers struggled to stay ahead of the accumulation. Hundreds of thousands went...
Aug 23, 1992
Surfers took to the ocean early to paddle into larger-than-average waves breaking at Miami Beach. Hotel staff laid out breakfast for tourists, who were determined to enjoy the last of summer before their kids returned to school.
Aug 24, 1992
Hurricane Andrew walloped southern Florida with Category 4 winds and rain. Close to 14 inches of rain fell in Miami-Dade County but it was the wind—as strong as 177 mph—that would serve as Andrewʼs wrecking ball. More than 250,000 people were left...
Jul 1, 1994
It was the Friday afternoon on the eve of a long weekend that would culminate with Independence Day. In preparation of the big day, Macon residents began draping their balconies in flags and bunting garlands, and stocked their homes with food, beer, and...
Jul 2, 1994
Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall with winds over 65 miles per hour. As Alberto settled over Georgia it dropped nearly 30 inches of rain in the towns of Americus and Macon. Over 500,000 people in seven counties went without potable drinking water for...
Dec 7, 2002
Thousands prepared to celebrate Santa Marian Kamalen, the patron saint of Guam, in a procession around the island's capital set to take place the following day.
Dec 8, 2002
Typhoon Pongsona was among the worst typhoons to ever strike the island of Guam. The eye of Pongsona was unusually large, almost 40 miles in diameter, and passed over the northern part of Guam with sustained winds of 144 mph. Rainfall was heaviest in the...
Sep 10, 1992
The Philippines former first lady Imelda Marcos attempted to transport her late husbandʼs remains out of Hawaii and back to his ancestral home. Ferdinand Marcos had fled to Hawaii in 1986 and died there three years later.
Sep 11, 1992
The most powerful hurricane in recorded Hawaiian history made landfall on the island of Kauai with 145 mph winds. Thirty-five-foot waves smeared thousands of tons worth of debris inland 800 feet. Kauai lost nearly 1,500 homes and another 5,000 were...
Oct 27, 1983
The small mining town of Challis was abuzz in the week leading up to Halloween. Costumes were bought, stitched, and sewn. Trick-or-treating routes were planned. The children of central Idaho were ready for their collective sugar rush.
Oct 28, 1983
At 8:06 am, the strongest earthquake in the stateʼs history shook central Idaho. Measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, the quake caused over 20 miles of ground to thrust upward and fracture at the surface, some of it pulled 100 yards apart. Despite a...
Jan 31, 2011
Under dark skies, commuters began the slog homeward by train and car. At 5:29 p.m., the first snowflakes fell at O’Hare International Airport.
Feb 1, 2011
The blizzard of 2011 dumped a foot and a half of snow over parts of Illinois. Antioch recorded an astounding 27 inches. Drifts reached 53 mph, rendering major roads such as Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive impassable. Stranded commuters were forced to abandon...
Jun 3, 2008
Sameer Mishra, a 13 year-old boy from West Lafayette, correctly spelled the word “guerdon” to capture the national spelling bee for Indiana. Mishra, who won over the audience with self-deprecating jokes, took home $40,000 in winnings.
Jun 4, 2008
As heavy rain drenched the state, several major rivers rose beyond riverbanks and flooded the state. Out of 92 counties, 54 were affected by floodwater. Major roads, including Interstate 65, were submerged and closed to traffic. Several neighborhoods in...
May 24, 2008
A Saturday, two days before Memorial Day. The state was poised to mark the day outdoors with a familiar blend of memorials, road races, and barbecues. Temperatures were a comfortable 70 degrees in the north, with reports of a few isolated showers.
May 25, 2008
The EF5 tornado touched down at 4:48pm and erased a full one-third of the town of Parkersburg in minutes. Several hundred homes were destroyed and 400 lay damaged. The tornado wiped out the high school, city hall, and the only grocery store and gas...
May 3, 2007
Kansans were apprehensive about the legislation granting four new casino licenses to the state. In other news, Senator Sam Brownbackʼs performance at a GOP debate was assessed by political blogs.
May 4, 2007
Twenty-five separate tornadoes were reported but none were as severe as the EF5 that hit Greensburg. The tornado, with its 1.7-mile-wide vortex—wider than the town— traveled 22 miles, clear through Kiowa County. Only 64 minutes later, 95% of Greensburg...
Jan 25, 2009
Much of the state was tuned in to watch the University of Louisville menʼs basketball team rout Radford University 79-53. In the post-game interview, Coach Rick Pitino praised his teamʼs effort on the boards.
Jan 26, 2009
Freezing rain continued piling up, shellacking Kentucky in heavy ice. The added weight snapped trees and knocked down power lines. Over 600,000 homes and businesses went dark in what would be the worst power outage in state history. Many Kentuckians went...
Aug 28, 2005
As of 1:00am local time, the eye of Hurricane Katrina was 310 miles south of New Orleans. It was upgraded to a Category 4 storm. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was considering calling for an evacuation by late morning. Regardless, many Louisiana residents...
Aug 29, 2005
The 28-foot tropical storm surge toppled levees in 53 different areas, flooding over 80% of the city of New Orleans. Hospitals went without power for ICU machines. Tens of thousands of homeless survivors were relocated, and water-borne diseases...
Jan 6, 1998
Families in Maine were enjoying the after-holiday sales and preparing for the incoming “snowstorm”. Schools were back in session after the week-long holiday break and mid-term exams were getting underway. The State basketball tournament was gearing down...
Jan 7, 1998
The Great Ice Storm: Freezing rain poured down onto central and southern Maine from January 7th through January 17th. The storm knocked out power to close to 1 million people, about 80% of the state’s population, some for more than two weeks. Roads were...
Sep 18, 2003
Baltimoreʼs dismal baseball season took a very—very—short turn for the better, with a 13-1 victory over the Yankees at Camden Yards. Despite hurricane evacuation orders, just 15% of Marylanders fled.
Sep 19, 2003
Hurricane Isabelʼs nine-foot storm surge swamped houses in Somerset and Dorchester counties. Once-popular beaches all but washed away, while winds up to 83 mph destroyed nearly a third of the corn crop. The winds also toppled home heating tanks. Over 50,...
Feb 5, 1978
Boston announced it would field a new professional soccer team that would take its name from local history: The Teamen would play in the next NASE season.
Feb 6, 1978
An enormous winter storm dumped 25 inches of snow in Boston. In the southern part of the state, accumulation was pegged as deep as 54 inches. Winds as powerful as 92 mph whipped the snow into drifts as high as 15’ and swelled tides from 3’ to 20’ above...
Jan 12, 1994
Tonya Harding won her second national skating championship in Detroit. Injured skater Nancy Kerrigan watched the event from the press box.
Jan 13, 1994
An arctic high pressure system dropped the mercury to extremely low temperatures for a week. The temperatures caused water and sewer pipes to burst across the state. The ruptured pipes flooded and froze homes and businesses with ice and sewage slush,...
Apr 16, 1997
Fans were glued to their TVs as their underwhelming Minnesota Timberwolves overwhelmed the Miami Heat in their own building, 95-87. On their way to their first playoff appearance, it was Minnesota’s first win on the road this season against a team that...
Apr 17, 1997
The Red River, swollen from rain and a rapid snowmelt, tipped over its banks and flooded northwestern Minnesota. Water as deep as 54 feet deep spilled three miles inland to flood entire towns. Power was cut off to reduce the chance of electrical fire....
Aug 28, 2005
Local catfish producers were upset that farmed catfish from Vietnam began to dominate the American market. But a regional ban on the Vietnamese fish went into place after it had been found to contain illegal antibiotics.
Aug 29, 2005
Hurricane Katrina sent a 27-foot storm surge into beachfront towns across Mississippi, washing saltwater inland as far as 12 miles. Boats, cars, and casino barges were found atop buildings. All 82 Mississippi counties were declared disaster areas. Though...
May 21, 2011
Missouri Southern State University held its graduation, calling its graduates to the stage with the familiar alphabetical-order procession.
May 22, 2011
A mile-wide tornado touched down in Joplin, at 5:41 p.m. Violent, 200-mph winds crippled the city. In minutes, Joplin’s only high school was destroyed. Survivors were trapped in their basements well into the night and the next day. Hundreds were injured...
Jul 27, 2000
Montanaʼs youth was quietly mourning Napster, the free file sharing service, shut down by court order. But a broad display of visual art, gifted by the Norton Family Foundation, was on display at the Art Museum of Missoula.
Jul 28, 2000
Hot charcoal dumped from a barbecue sparked massive wildfires. Two of which threatened Helena, the state capitol, prompting several hundred families to evacuate. Over 24,000 acres and 36 homes and buildings had been burned by the second day of the blaze...
May 21, 2004
The University of Nebraska was having a hard time finding a president. After a long process, two of the four finalists withdrew their candidacy at the last minute. The front-runner was now a University of North Carolina vice president.
May 22, 2004
Southern Nebraska was struck by a series of violent tornados. The largest tornado, an EF4 that struck the village of Hallam, had a vortex that was 2.5 miles wide—possibly the widest funnel ever recorded. It destroyed 95 percent of Hallamʼs buildings,...
Jul 13, 2004
Near Carson City, a theme park based on “Bonanza,” the TV western series from the 1960s, had been sold to an investor. He promised a small but vital facelift to the park.
Jul 14, 2004
A human-caused wildfire blazed through Kings Canyon, just west of Carson City. It quickly blackened 300 acres and approached homes. Over 250 firefighters began fighting the fire but shifting winds and warm temperatures thwarted initial containment...
Jul 23, 2008
The 41st annual Stratham Fair was set to kick off the next day with rides, tractor pulls, animal shows, bands, and the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant.
Jul 24, 2008
A tornado with 135 mph winds cut through nine towns and 8,400 acres. Almost 100 homes were ruined or damaged. A 20-mile stretch of trees had been blown down to the ground. Garages had been cut in half by falling timber. Telephone and electrical poles had...
Aug 27, 2011
In Edison, the PGA Barclays Classic cut the field of golfers to 138. The tournament announced that competition would be shortened to 54 holes due to a hurricane swirling offshore.
Aug 28, 2011
Hurricane Irene flooded the state with a record 11.27 inches of water, causing the closure of the heavily trafficked Interstate 287 and the Garden State Parkway. In place of cars, motorboats cruised over the submerged city streets to check on friends,...
May 4, 2000
The International BEAM Robotics Conference was set to open its doors for two days days of fun and learning about robotics in Santa Fe. At a local college, physicist Chris Langton would deliver a lecture about artificial life.
May 5, 2000
A controlled burn to prevent future forest fires blazed out of control and scorched 48,000 acres. Two towns were ordered to evacuate. Over 230 homes burned in Los Alamos, a town famed for holding nuclear material and facilities. While much of the town...
Mar 12, 1993
At Madison Square Garden, Syracuse qualified for the finals of the NCAA Big East basketball tournament following an 84-72 win over St. Johnʼs. A time-out was called in the first half when water was found dripping from the ceiling.
Mar 13, 1993
The winter “storm of the century” crashed into New York state. Coastal areas were assailed by wind that tore roofs from homes, storm surges, and sheets of rain. Inland, a record 43 inches of snow buried Syracuse. A foot piled up in New York City...
Sep 15, 1999
A week after floodwater had polluted the coastline, biologists and commercial fisherman worried about the future of fishing in North Carolina. So far, it had cost fisherman an estimated $19 million in lost income.
Sep 16, 1999
Hurricane Floyd moved slowly over North Carolina, giving it ample time to drench the already sodden state. Floyd hammered the state with 17 inches of rain. Because the storm was overnight, many Carolinians were unaware they were underwater until water...
Jun 22, 2011
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart arrived in Fargo. After a disappointing finish on the same track last year, Stewart promised more this year. But pouring rain delayed the race by a day.
Jun 23, 2011
The levees held but overflowed, triggering flood evacuation sirens. As 12,000 people attempted to flee, countless roads sat underwater. So did 3,000 homes and entire neighborhoods. Hundreds of people took to makeshift shelters at a university and Minot...
Northern Mariana Islands
Aug 22, 2004
Though a typhoon was approaching, moving at 15 mph, and emergency shelters opened to the public that morning, relatively few people had taken precautions.
Aug 23, 2004
Super Typhoon Chabaʼs winds howled nearly three times faster than an interstate speed limit—a maximum wind speed was recorded at 178 mph. The winds ripped mature trees from the ground and blew entire rooftops from buildings. On the island of Rota, over...
Apr 2, 1974
A great day for road trippers: Ohioʼs Standard Oil announced it would cut wholesale prices of home heating oil and diesel by three-tenths of a cent per gallon. Not to be outdone, BP cut prices a full tenth-of-a-cent more.
Apr 3, 1974
An outbreak of tornados—148 of them—touched down in Ohio and 12 neighboring states. Hardest hit was the town of Xenia, when a tornado landed at 4:30p.m. The EF5 tornado snapped mature trees, hurled debris, and flattened a city quarter, including Xenia...
May 2, 1999
The Oklahoma Sooners defeated OSU in baseball to secure the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament. Later that night, former Oklahoma Redhawks shortstop Kelly Dransfeldt made his Major League debut for the Texas Rangers.
May 3, 1999
At 6:23 p.m., an EF5 tornado touched down southwest of Chickasha. It tore through Bridge Creek, Oklahoma City, Moore, Del City, Tinker Air Force Base, and Midwest City. Houses were pulled clean off of their foundations. The $1.1 billion in damage made it...
Dec 17, 1964
The 57-man Oregon State football team flew to the Rose Bowl to face Michigan. With Oregon playing in the bowl rather than a team from California, Oregon was expecting a hostile crowd.
Dec 18, 1964
After heavy snowfall and record rains, central Oregon was swamped with a once-every-thousand-years flood. More than 30 bridges became impassable and sections of Salemʼs surrounding highways were underwater. Water pressure from sewers shot gushing waste...
Jun 1, 1998
Over 5,000 Philadelphia transit workers walked off the job and began a strike. With 400,000 Philadelphians relying on public transportation, the city was bracing for a traffic jam for the ages.
Jun 2, 1998
Forty-five tornadoes touched down in Pennsylvania during a three-day span. A mile-wide tornado with several funnels tore up 48 miles of Somerset County. Entire cattle herds were killed, and a few cows were hurled 100 yards. In Wyoming County, two people...
Sep 21, 2008
Puerto Rican baseball fans had reason to celebrate, as Carlos Delgado powered his New York Mets to victory with four hits and three RBI. Fellow Puerto Rican and Mets teammate Carlos Beltran walked and scored a run.
Sep 22, 2008
Hurricane Kyle deluged the island with record rainfall before it even showed up. Patillas received nearly an inch of rain per hour for 24 hours. The mudslides closed schools and highways and killed one. Entire crop fields were lost to floodwater—$23...
Aug 27, 2011
The American Idols Live tour rocked the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. The concert opened with “Born this Way,” by Lady Gaga, and closed with an ensemble rendition of Whitesnakeʼs “Here I Go Again.”
Aug 28, 2011
Hurricane Irene greeted Rhode Island with 77 mph winds and a stiff rain, halting all flights at T.F. Green. Half of Rhode Island was without power. Fearing flooding, several colleges delayed move-in dates for students and urged them to stay off campus....
Sep 21, 1989
In the greater Charleston area, Dorchester County Council approved a new law forbidding the abandonment of junk cars on driveways. The council also passed an ordinance against weedy, overgrown land.
Sep 22, 1989
Hurricane Hugoʼs storm surge rolled a five foot wave across downtown Charleston. A storm surge four times higher overtook the coastline between Cape Romain and Bulls Bay, yanking mature trees from the ground. A huge high tide pushed four foot-deep piles...
May 29, 1998
The US Coast guard discussed mandating South Dakotans to wear life jackets in boats. South Dakota was one of eight states with no safety requirements for boating on its lakes beyond keeping life jackets on board.
May 30, 1998
Ten tornadoes touched down within 90 minutes of each other. A strong, 700-yard wide tornado ripped a six-mile swatch of farmhouses and electrical lines from McCook Country. The most violent tornado, an EF4 with 220 mph winds in the greater Spencer area,...
Apr 30, 2010
The big news in Nashville: The CMT Awards announced that Kid Rock would host the evening. In sports, several NHL sources claimed Dan Hamhuis, a star defenseman for the Predators, was rumored to be on the trade block.
May 1, 2010
The first of two days of record rains—nearly 14 inches—flooded the Nashville area. Twenty-one people were killed. Many were found trapped in their homes and cars. Numerous Nashville schools were closed for more than a week. When the Cumberland River...
Sep 23, 2005
Golfer Robert Gamez shot eight under par to lead the first round of the PGA Texas Open. Houstonʼs own Jeff Maggert trailed Gamez by a single stroke.
Sep 24, 2005
Hurricane Rita, the fourth most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history, made landfall—during a heatwave—with 120 mph winds. It struck and damaged two oil refineries, spooking Wall Street and driving up the cost of oil. Seven people were directly...
US Virgin Islands
Sep 14, 1995
Life was comfortably slow again, a short reprieve before December tourist season. The tourists had long headed north by mid-September, avoiding the Islandsʼ rainy season. Even the steady stream of cruise ships slowed to a drip.
Sep 15, 1995
The stormʼs nearly 7-foot storm surge shoved boats into the streets. Homes flooded, hurling tables and sofas through windows. Gusts as strong as 129 mph damaged four-fifths of St. Thomas, including key infrastructure. Clean water became scarce when the...
Apr 12, 1983
Ski season was winding down and Alta was having a record year of snowfall. Down valley in Salt Lake City, head basketball coach Jerry Pimm of UCSB told reporters he would be leaving after a nine-year stint.
Apr 13, 1983
A huge mudslide clogged the Spanish River and floodwaters submerged the town of Thistle 50 feet below the surface. Water surging beneath US Highway 6 elevated the tarmac a full 15 feet higher than where it once stood. More mudslides ripped through Big...
Aug 27, 2011
The Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team was set to battle the favored Connecticut Tigers. The Lake Monster’s Chih Fang Pan was busy trying out for the Taiwanese national team.
Aug 28, 2011
The worst flooding in 83 years washed out more than 200 roads and three historic covered bridges. Tropical Storm Irene left a dozen communities in the White River Valley stranded and forced to rely on helicopters for food and water deliveries. A tenth of...
Sep 17, 2003
Local officials werenʼt sure why the blackout that affected neighboring states the week before had spared most of Virginia. In Fredericksburg, the weekly senior bingo game attracted a larger crowd than expected.
Sep 18, 2003
Twenty inches of rain pummeled the town of Sherando. Winds as high as 107 mph snapped 6,000 power poles, darkening the homes of 1.8 million people. A floodgate at the Midtown Tunnel connecting Portsmouth and Norfolk washed out just as workers raced to...
Nov 4, 2006
A professor of anatomy claimed heʼd casted a Sasquatch footprint in the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington State. The professorʼs colleagues protested the finding and wanted his tenure revoked.
Nov 5, 2006
Floodwater spilled over Western Washington following days of severe rain. Six rivers were at record water heights. Roads were under so much water that salmon were photographed swimming across Highway 101. Mud and rockslides blocked several highways and...
Jun 15, 2003
A legendary feud between families that dated back more than a century and claimed more than a dozen lives was settled by the McCoys of Kentucky and Hatfields of West Virginia. The ceremonial truce was signed by over 60 descendants.
Jun 16, 2003
In central West Virginia, three inches of rain fell on steep hills, ran downhill into streams and created flash floods that lasted several hours in Charleston. Streets were instantly transformed into rushing rivers. Homes and big box retailers were...
Jun 4, 2008
Cory Hart hit a three-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-1 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. In Madison, the Goodman Pool was set to open for the warm weather in the forecast.
Jun 5, 2008
Heavy rains battered Milwaukee and would continue for more than ten days, causing the worst floods in 15 years. In south-central Wisconsin, several tornadoes were spotted. The rain and flooding closed hundreds of roads across the state and over 2,600...
Jul 20, 1987
With dry fly fishing season on in full force, smaller streams were relatively crowded with anglers. Tourists strolled Jacksonʼs streets or took leisurely rides in Jackson Holeʼs famed cable car to take in the views from the mountain summit.
Jul 21, 1987
A 1.5 mile-wide EF4 tornado churned through Yellowstone National Park for 24 miles. Over 1 million trees were uprooted and discarded by this rare high altitude tornado, the highest ever recorded. The tornado began at roughly 7,000 feet above sea level...