Famous as Oak Cliff is for many wonderful things, it’s also known to weather nerds for something terrible.
The slow-moving tornado that struck Oak Cliff in April 1957 killed 10 people and injured 200 others. It caused millions of dollars in damages. But it also informed the atmospheric sciences.
Because of its speed and trajectory, it was the most-photographed tornado up to that time. Scientists were able to study it and change the thinking on how twisters work. It also contributed to the creation of the Fujita-Pearson Scale, which measures the intensity of tornadoes.
Read more about it here. And learn even more at the Turner House on Thursday, April 20, marking the tornado’s 60th anniversary.
Dallas historian Mark Doty gives a talk, “Terror from the Sky,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts members and $20 otherwise.