One year ago, the Dallas-Fort Worth area was breathing a sigh of relief because it just missed being hammered by numerous tornadoes carving their way through north Texas.
More than 25 twisters touched down in the counties just south of Dallas and Fort Worth, from Hood County in the west to Ellis County to the south, and all the way into deep east Texas. The communities of Gun Barrel City and Mabank, only 40 miles from downtown Dallas were cleaning up from the April 26 rash of damage.
Meanwhile, the SPC posted high risk zones across the south for what would become the highest single day tornado count in U.S. history on the 27th. The radar image shown is a classic large-vortex Supercell over Tusclaoosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011. It was producing a tornado over ½ mile wide during this radar scan. This EF4 monster packed winds of 190 mph and left near-complete devastation along its track.
Contrast this with the EF2 tornadoes which went across Dallas and Tarrant Counties on April 3 of this year. Although damage to the tune of $100 million took place, no lives were lost as most buildings survived enough to offer some shelter from the wind. The Tuscaloosa storm left 61 dead in that city alone. Tornadoes killed 253 people nationally on April 27 of last year, making it the deadliest tornado day since the 1930s.