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2016 Southwest Outbreak (SDT)
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Large storm front moving into Salt Lake City
Type: Unknown
Active: March 3 - March 5
Duration of tornado outbreak1: 2 days, 42 minutes, 27 seconds
Maximum rated tornado2: EF3 tornado
Highest winds Unknown
Tornadoes confirmed: 25
Damage: $926.21 million (2016 USD)
Injuries: Unknown
Fatalities: 17
Areas affected: Southwest United States, Baja California, Mexico

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

On March 3, 2016, a group of thunderstorms moved over Southern and Central California and Northern Baja California. Flooding, hail, heavy winds, and lightning aswell as one or two isolated tornadoes where forecast for Most of California and Northern Baja California. Previously in January, when extreme storms struck the same regions, people didn't take any chances and prepared for the storms. As the storms moved over a hot air mass looming over the coast of Southern California, the storms strengthened, turning into supercells. When they struck land, they expanded, covering all of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and even Colorado. On the coast, a 25 foot swell flooded up to 10 feet of water along coastal areas up to San Francisco. In the mountains of the Southwest, 15 feet of snow was piled onto everything, trapping people inside their houses. Flooding up to 30 feet occurred in low-lying areas of California, Nevada and Arizona. In Colorado, a lighting strike caused a full on 100,000 acre forest fire that destroyed parts of Denver.


Synopsis

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
25 11 9 3 1 1 0


2016 Outbreak

This event was the worst in the area in over 35+ years. Earlier in January, a storm similar to this event hit Southern California, but only cause 2 tornadoes, with one unconfirmed. The tornadoes where mostly weak, but one tornado managed to reach EF4 status while moving through Denver.

Tornado Events

March 3rd Event

California

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 3, 2016
F#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
California
EF1 W of San Francisco 1:22 AM 0.3 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado formed in San Francisco. A shed was destroyed along with a car being rolled off the Golden Gate Bridge.
EF0 SW of Catalina Island 2:23 AM 2 miles 0 deaths - A small anti-cyclonic tornado downed small trees.
EF2 NNE of San Diego 5:38 AM 4.5 miles 1 death - A moderate tornado touched down in inland San Diego, causing moderate damage to hundreds of buildings, and tearing through a mobile home community, killing one person, and injuring 35 more.

Nevada

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 3, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Nevada
EF1 ESE of Lovelock 2:42 PM 5 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado did minor damage to a camping site.
EF1 N of Eureka 2:45 PM 0.02 miles 0 deaths - An anti-cyclonic tornado trashed a camping site, injuring 13 people.
EF0 W of Dry Valley 3:27 PM 13 miles 0 deaths - An extremely powerful tornado touched down 45 miles west of Dry Valley. Fortunately, it touched down in open desert, and didn't do much more then rip up cacti and shrubs. It eventually dissipated near its starting location after going in a loop.
EF0 N of Las Vegas 3:52 PM 0.5 miles 2 deaths - A small tornado killed two people by raining glass on them, causing the glass shards to pass through their head and puncture their brains.

Arizona

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 3, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Arizona
EF1 SW of Somerton 1:33 AM 4.53 miles 1 death - A small tornado passed over a road. destroying a truck and its passenger just south west of Somerton.
EF1 NE of Bullhead City 4:02 AM 1.5 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado formed North-East of Bullhead City, causing minor damage to houses.
EF0 SE of Flagstaff 10:34 AM 0.2 miles 0 deaths - A tornado tore through a neighborhood, it tore shingles of roofs and smashed windows.
EF0 N of Springerville 12:02 PM 19.5 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado damaged cacti north of Springerville.

Utah

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 3, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Utah
EF0 NE of Hurricane 3:46 pm 2.5 miles 0 deaths - Small tornado caused no damage.
EF0 S of Salt Lake City 4:33 PM 4.53 miles 0 deaths - A small tornado ripped up a few trees.
EF0 NE of Salt Lake City 5:42 PM 1.5 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado formed North of the Great Salt Lake, causing minor damage to trees.
EF1 NE of Levan 5:54 PM .2 miles 2 deaths - A tornado ripped up a small community, killing two in in their back yards.
EF2 N of Levan 6:02 PM 9.5 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado damaged cacti.

March 4th Event

New Mexico

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 4, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
New Mexico
EF1 SW of Bernalillo 3:46 PM 2.5 miles 0 deaths - Small tornado caused minor damage.
EF0 SE of Bernalillo 4:43 PM 0.53 miles 0 deaths - A small tornado ripped up a few trees.

Colorado

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 4, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Colorado
EF0 SW of Denver 1:42 AM 1.5 miles 0 deaths - A moderate tornado only hit trees, ultimately ranking it EF0.
EF1 SW of Denver 5:54 PM 4.2 miles 0 deaths - A minor tornado caused damage to mountain side cabins.
EF4 Denver 6:02 PM 9.5 miles 9 deaths - (See section on this tornado)

A massive mile and a half wide, multiple vortex, anticyclonic tornado ripped parts of Denver to shreds. The skyscrapers in downtown swayed in the extreme winds as the tornado clipped downtown. Thousands of homes were damaged, with more 400 completely destroyed. Due to the 200mph wind speed, the tornado has a rating of high-end EF4.

March 5th Event

California

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 5, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
California
EF1 SE of San Bernardino 9:22 AM 1.6 miles 0 deaths - A small tornado ripped up log cabins in the mountains, causing am isolated avalanche that downed over 100 trees and numerous telephone poles.
EF0 NE of Vista 1:03 PM 1.2 miles 0 deaths - A weak tornado downed trees and telephone poles. The tornado also slightly gamed an apartment complex.
EF3 N of Los Angeles 2:09 PM 11 miles 2 deaths - (See section on this tornado)

A large stove pipe tornado touched down a few miles east of downtown LA. The tornado then tracked east, doing high-end EF3 and possibly EF4 damage to Century City, eventually making its way to downtown. Multiple high rises were heavily damaged, including the 1,018 foot USA Bank Tower. One worker at the Grand Willshire Hotel construction site was killed, and a 13 year old teenager was killed when part of the Aon Center fell on the car she was waiting alone in, crushing her to death.

Other places

List of confirmed tornadoes - March 5, 2016
EF#
Location
Time (UTC)
Path length
Comments/Damage
Midwest
EF1 Middle of Nowhere 3:02 PM 1.6 miles 0 deaths - A small tornado caused damage to house in the middle of an open plains.
EF2 W of Colorado Springs 7:49 PM 35.2 miles 0 deaths - An extreme tornado touched down in Colorado, then crossed into Kansas. Due to the little damage it caused, it was rated EF2.
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