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Dayton, AL Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Dayton is about the same as Alabama average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Dayton is much lower than Alabama average and is lower than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #419

Dayton, AL

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Dayton, AL

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #725

Dayton, AL

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 1,503 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Dayton, AL were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:25Dense Fog:0Drought:26
Dust Storm:0Flood:95Hail:498Heat:44Heavy Snow:9
High Surf:0Hurricane:3Ice Storm:3Landslide:0Strong Wind:26
Thunderstorm Winds:715Tropical Storm:4Wildfire:0Winter Storm:10Winter Weather:4

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Dayton, AL.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Dayton, AL.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Dayton, AL.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 40 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Dayton, AL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.41976-03-12232°23'N / 87°53'W32°28'N / 87°35'W18.40 Miles200 Yards01250K0Marengo
9.01972-01-04232°18'N / 87°47'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Marengo
9.61967-03-06232°26'N / 87°32'W32°27'N / 87°30'W2.30 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Perry
10.42004-11-24232°10'N / 87°44'W32°14'N / 87°34'W11.90 Miles200 Yards02135K0Marengo
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down just north of the Shiloh Community on CR 73. Three mobile homes received extensive damage and two homes suffered moderate damage. The tornado moved northeast and damaged a carport and mobile home near Thomaston. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down or snapped off along the entire path of the tornado. Two people suffered minor injuries. The tornado damage path was 11.9 miles long and 200 yards wide at its widest point. Begin: 32 09.23/87 44.23 End: 32 14.79/87 33.97
20.31973-03-16232°37'N / 87°40'W32°40'N / 87°31'W9.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Hale
20.51992-03-10332°35'N / 87°49'W32°39'N / 87°47'W4.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Greene
21.21973-05-27432°32'N / 87°48'W32°47'N / 87°28'W26.00 Miles800 Yards17225.0M0Hale
22.32007-03-01432°07'N / 87°24'W32°10'N / 87°18'W6.00 Miles500 Yards122.0M0KWilcox
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A significant tornado first touched down around 1227 pm at State Highway 28 near Miller's Ferry dam. The tornado then tracked northeast across William Bill Dannelly Reservoir moving ashore on Sand Island Drive. This is where most of the severe damage occurred with numerous homes damaged or destroyed. One resident had arrived at his home on the lake to eat lunch when the tornado hit and he was killed when his newer model manufactured home was destroyed. The straps holding the home down all snapped in the same place. He was thrown out of his home and later found in the debris. Neighbors next door had sought shelter in an underground storm shelter outside their house seconds before the tornado hit. When they safely emerged from the shelter, they found their home destroyed. Most of the homes on Sand Island are vacation homes with part-time residents. If the tornado had struck on the weekend when more people are present, the loss of life would likely have been greater. Around 40 homes(four of these were slab homes)were damaged or destroyed along Sand Island Drive with some of the debris scattered up to two miles downstream. The tornado continued quickly to the northeast through sparsely populated areas. Damage did occur to homes and hunting camps along this path. However, the damage here was only rated as EF-0 and EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornado crossed into Dallas County. In all, one person died and two people were slightly injured by the tornado. The injuries occurred along Sand Island Drive when a single wide trailer was destroyed with the occupants being thrown from the trailer. They were protected from flying debris by part of the trailer that had fallen on top of them. The highest wind speed of the tornado was estimated at 185 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated thunderstorms developed ahead of a strong spring cold front. One of these thunderstorms produced a significant tornado in Wilcox County.
22.41992-03-10332°39'N / 87°47'W32°42'N / 87°29'W14.00 Miles440 Yards27250K0Hale
23.61979-09-20232°33'N / 87°19'W32°31'N / 87°17'W3.00 Miles27 Yards02250K0Perry
24.21970-03-19232°42'N / 87°36'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Hale
27.21974-04-22232°38'N / 87°19'W2.00 Miles800 Yards00250K0Perry
27.91967-12-18332°26'N / 88°09'W32°30'N / 88°03'W7.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Sumter
28.11961-12-11332°38'N / 87°24'W32°41'N / 87°15'W9.40 Miles100 Yards02250K0Perry
28.91961-12-17232°36'N / 87°18'W32°38'N / 87°13'W5.40 Miles100 Yards0125K0Perry
31.51971-03-02331°54'N / 87°49'W31°55'N / 87°44'W4.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Clarke
32.41996-03-06332°25'N / 87°14'W32°30'N / 86°58'W19.00 Miles400 Yards4408.0M50KDallas
 Brief Description: A tornado first touched down just south-southwest of Marion Junction in northern Dallas County and travelled east-northeast before ending in the northeastern part of the county. The tornado touched down initially in a rural area composed of fields with scattered houses. It crossed U. S. Highway 80 at the Cahaba River or about 9 miles west-northwest of Selma. The tornado continued on its east-northeast path crossing State Highway 14 and State Highway 22 before ending about two and a half miles east of Highway 22. The tornado path was about 19 miles in length with a maximum width of about 400 yards. The tornado first touched down around 3:42 am based on radar imagery. Travelling at 35 to 40 miles an hour the tornado was on the ground for about 25 minutes ending around 4:07 am. Information from emergency management sources indicated that 14 houses were destroyed, 19 houses sustained major damage, 5 houses sustained minor damage, 20 mobile homes were destroyed, 17 mobile homes sustained major damage, and 12 mobiles homes sustained minor damage. At least 40 people were transported to area hospitals with injuries varying from minor to serious. Two deaths occurred in a mobile home and two deaths occurred in a permanent house. F17PH, M71PH, M50MH, F52MH
32.81961-12-11232°47'N / 87°40'W32°52'N / 87°34'W8.30 Miles150 Yards0025K0Hale
33.01961-12-12232°24'N / 88°23'W32°32'N / 88°00'W24.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Sumter
33.41983-11-23231°58'N / 87°18'W31°59'N / 87°16'W4.00 Miles77 Yards02250K0Wilcox
34.61972-04-22232°06'N / 87°08'W32°10'N / 87°05'W5.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Dallas
35.21973-05-27432°47'N / 87°28'W32°50'N / 87°17'W11.20 Miles800 Yards0025.0M0Perry
36.01971-02-26332°49'N / 87°56'W32°50'N / 87°52'W4.30 Miles50 Yards00250K0Greene
36.21977-02-23232°50'N / 87°53'W0.20 Mile30 Yards013K0Greene
36.32008-02-17232°29'N / 87°06'W32°33'N / 87°00'W8.00 Miles400 Yards00350K0KDallas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near Warrior Drive, just southeast of the Perry County line. It then tracked northeastward across AL-219 near the intersection of CR-230, moved right through the Summerfield Community, and crossed CR-37, before lifting just east of the intersection of CR-37 and CR-844. At least 5 structures, including 2 mobile homes and a metal warehouse, were destroyed. Twelve to fifteen additional structures, including several homes and an auto body shop, were damaged to varying degrees. Hundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted along the damage path. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A broken squall line, sparked by an advancing cold front and strong upper level storm, caused severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across Central Alabama.
36.51955-04-21232°23'N / 87°01'W1.50 Miles50 Yards0125K0Dallas
36.61978-05-01232°24'N / 87°01'W2.00 Miles20 Yards002.5M0Dallas
36.61980-09-01232°24'N / 87°01'W0.20 Mile50 Yards00250K0Dallas
36.91984-05-03232°26'N / 87°04'W32°26'N / 86°58'W7.50 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Dallas
37.71959-07-01232°25'N / 87°00'W0.10 Mile50 Yards0325K0Dallas
38.51973-03-16232°54'N / 87°40'W32°55'N / 87°36'W4.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hale
39.31983-12-06332°24'N / 87°04'W32°33'N / 86°54'W13.00 Miles500 Yards1192.5M0Dallas
41.01979-11-25231°37'N / 88°01'W32°00'N / 87°50'W28.60 Miles300 Yards02250K0Clarke
43.31963-01-19231°43'N / 87°47'W31°45'N / 87°45'W3.30 Miles33 Yards003K0Clarke
43.81953-05-01432°15'N / 88°23'W2325K0Choctaw
44.31957-06-28231°55'N / 87°05'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Wilcox
44.71968-11-17231°58'N / 88°22'W32°06'N / 88°15'W11.50 Miles33 Yards0225K0Choctaw
44.81966-11-10233°00'N / 87°37'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Hale
47.61983-05-19231°37'N / 88°01'W31°45'N / 87°40'W22.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Clarke
48.81984-04-22232°56'N / 87°10'W1.00 Mile80 Yards00250K0Bibb

* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.

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