Smoke From Land Clearing Fed Deadliest Tornado Outbreak in Decades

February 9, 2015 7:47 PM

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Smoke From Land Clearing Fed Deadliest Tornado Outbreak in Decades

April 2011 saw the worst day of U.S. tornadoes since 1974, and a new analysis points to fires in Central America as part of the cause.

Even experienced weather forecasters were taken aback by the ferocity of the 2011 tornado outbreak. On its worst day, April 27, more than 120 twisters touched down in the Southeast, doing $4.2 billion of damage and killing 316 people.

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