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The April 14-15, 2012 Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado

 Map of the Approximate Tornado Track for the April 14, 2012 Woodward, OK Tornado


The following summary was taken from a public information statement issued by the NWS Norman forecast office at 4:41 pm CDT on Monday, April 16, 2012.

Preliminary Storm Information for the Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado

Beginning Time: ~1150 pm CDT, April 14, 2012
Ending Time: ~1227 am CDT, April 15, 2012
Beginning Location: 2 NE Arnett (Ellis County)
Ending Location: 4 N Woodward (Woodward County)
Fatalities: 6
Injuries: 29
EF-Scale Rating: EF-3 (Max Wind Speed 136-165 mph)

The tornado developed approximately 2 miles northeast of Arnett at 11:50 pm CDT on April 14, 2012 and moved northeast. Six structures were damaged as the tornado moved toward the Woodward county line. Only minor damage, downed trees and power poles/lines, was seen as the tornado moved over mainly rural portions of Woodward County.

At approximately 12:12 am CDT on April 15, 2012, the tornado struck two mobile homes 5 miles southwest of Woodward. The damage here was determined to be EF-2 in intensity, and also resulted in 3 fatalities.

The heaviest damage, rated EF-3, was reported as the tornado entered the southwest sides of Woodward around 12:18 am CDT. Several homes and businesses were heavily damaged as the tornado continued northeast.

Several more mobile homes were destroyed by the tornado on the north side of Woodward, and resulted in 3 additional fatalities. The tornado finally exited the city of Woodward at approximately 12:23 am CDT, eventually dissipating approximately 4 miles north of Woodward at 12:27 am CDT.

This tornado information should still be considered preliminary as we continue to look over information.

Timeline for April 14-15, 2012 for Watches and Warnings Issued by the NWS Norman Forecast Office for the Woodward, OK Area

10:45 am CDT PDS Tornado Watch, including Woodward County, valid until 600pm CDT  
5:25 pm CDT PDS Tornado Watch, including Woodward County, valid until 200am CDT  
10:35 pm CDT Severe Thunderstorm Warning Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail
11:13 pm CDT Severe Thunderstorm Warning Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail; tornados can occur
11:42 pm CDT Severe Weather Statement Destructive winds to 70 mph and golf ball size hail
12:00 am CDT Tornado Warning, including the city of Woodward Trained storm spotters reported a tornado 7 miles southeast of Gage
12:08 am CDT Severe Weather Statement Tornado with history of producing structural damage near Fargo
12:16 am CDT Tornado Warning, including the city of Woodward Dangerous tornado with history of producing significant damage
12:20 am CDT Severe Weather Statement At 1218 AM, a large dangerous tornado moving into Woodward
12:33 am CDT Severe Weather Statement Large dangerous tornado with history of producing significant damage in Woodward

Other Facts and Statistics

  • In the week leading up to the tornado (starting on April 9, 2012), Woodward County had been in 20 severe thunderstorm warnings, and 14 tornado warnings (including the warnings issued for the April 15, 2012 tornado). Two tornado warnings on April 14, 2012 (at 3:20 pm CDT and 4:59 pm CDT) included the city of Woodward.

  • If you had a weather radio programmed for just Woodward County, your radio would have alarmed 38 times (not including two Wednesday tests) between 2:30 pm CDT on Monday, April 9, 2012 and 1:15 am CDT on Sunday April 15, 2012.

  • On April 14th, your weather radio would have alarmed 22 times before the tornado warning was issued at 1200 AM CDT on April 15, 2012.

  • Woodward County was in a tornado watch continuously for 15 hours and 15 minutes on April 14-15, 2012.

  • Woodward County was under either a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning continuously for 4 hours and 14 minutes during the afternoon and evening on April 14, 2012.

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