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Norton, TX Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #1023

Norton, TX

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

Norton, TX

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, #1137

Norton, TX

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 2,592 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Norton, TX were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:2Dense Fog:0Drought:14
Dust Storm:1Flood:217Hail:1,548Heat:1Heavy Snow:10
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:8Landslide:0Strong Wind:11
Thunderstorm Winds:728Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:5Winter Storm:7Winter Weather:14

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Norton, TX.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Norton, TX.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 52 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Norton, TX.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.61973-05-22231°49'N / 100°01'W2.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Runnels
11.01976-04-15332°02'N / 100°06'W31°58'N / 99°57'W9.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Runnels
12.01971-02-18231°57'N / 99°57'W0.20 Mile50 Yards003K0Runnels
13.41967-04-12231°45'N / 99°57'W0.10 Mile67 Yards003K0Runnels
13.81982-03-14331°52'N / 100°09'W32°04'N / 99°42'W30.00 Miles173 Yards042.5M0Runnels
13.91971-02-18232°00'N / 99°57'W0.50 Mile100 Yards003K0Runnels
15.01976-09-27231°43'N / 99°57'W0025K0Runnels
15.51965-05-12232°00'N / 99°57'W32°00'N / 99°53'W4.10 Miles440 Yards013K0Runnels
15.51973-04-22231°41'N / 99°59'W0.20 Mile50 Yards000K0Runnels
15.51973-04-22231°41'N / 99°59'W0.20 Mile50 Yards000K0Runnels
15.51973-04-22231°41'N / 99°59'W0.20 Mile50 Yards000K0Runnels
15.81969-06-12232°04'N / 100°16'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Coke
15.91976-04-15231°39'N / 100°03'W0.10 Mile33 Yards000K0Runnels
17.71985-04-28232°07'N / 100°08'W32°08'N / 100°07'W1.50 Miles300 Yards00250K0Nolan
18.51954-04-27231°44'N / 99°57'W31°34'N / 99°57'W11.50 Miles33 Yards000K0Runnels
19.61982-03-14232°04'N / 99°55'W32°05'N / 99°53'W2.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Runnels
20.01985-04-28232°08'N / 100°07'W32°11'N / 100°07'W2.50 Miles300 Yards10250K0Taylor
20.31982-06-19231°50'N / 99°50'W31°47'N / 99°45'W7.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Runnels
20.91973-03-10231°35'N / 100°15'W0.30 Mile70 Yards17250K0Tom Green
21.91979-04-10231°58'N / 99°48'W31°58'N / 99°45'W2.70 Miles100 Yards000K0Runnels
24.41982-03-14232°05'N / 99°53'W32°07'N / 99°45'W8.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Taylor
24.91982-06-19231°47'N / 99°45'W31°45'N / 99°42'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Coleman
25.61979-04-10331°42'N / 99°45'W31°44'N / 99°43'W3.30 Miles880 Yards003K0Runnels
26.81979-04-10231°58'N / 99°45'W31°59'N / 99°38'W6.90 Miles100 Yards000K0Coleman
26.82004-03-04232°07'N / 99°55'W32°14'N / 99°47'W10.00 Miles440 Yards02800K0Taylor
 Brief Description: A quickly moving tornado tore a 10 mile path through southern Taylor County. This tornado hit the community of Tuscola, where it damaged the Jim Ned high school injuring two people. A strong upper level disturbance combined with a strong surface low pressure system moving across West Central Texas produced a significant squall line that moved through the entire San Angelo county warning area. This squall line was accompanied by 60 to 80 MPH winds which produced widespread damage, especially across the Big Country. Embedded within the squall line, were several Supercell thunderstorms which produced nine tornadoes within the San Angelo county warning area.
29.51953-07-15231°54'N / 100°38'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Coke
30.01970-04-26232°12'N / 99°48'W0.10 Mile200 Yards003K0Taylor
30.11995-05-14331°28'N / 100°09'W31°24'N / 100°07'W5.00 Miles100 Yards00300K0Tom Green
30.71982-03-14332°04'N / 99°42'W32°05'N / 99°38'W5.00 Miles173 Yards052.5M0Coleman
30.81979-10-30232°13'N / 99°48'W0025K0Taylor
31.21971-05-08231°59'N / 99°37'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Coleman
31.71953-05-11431°32'N / 100°35'W31°32'N / 100°25'W9.90 Miles880 Yards131592.5M0Tom Green
33.21979-04-10331°44'N / 99°43'W31°55'N / 99°25'W21.70 Miles880 Yards012.5M0Coleman
33.41982-03-14332°05'N / 99°38'W32°06'N / 99°37'W2.00 Miles173 Yards052.5M0Taylor
35.01952-04-30331°27'N / 100°28'W0.50 Mile100 Yards06250K0Tom Green
36.61982-03-14332°06'N / 99°37'W32°09'N / 99°33'W3.50 Miles173 Yards002.5M0Callahan
37.41961-03-16232°24'N / 100°27'W32°24'N / 100°04'W22.40 Miles100 Yards003K0Taylor
37.71965-05-25232°09'N / 100°41'W2.00 Miles200 Yards01250K0Mitchell
38.12004-06-11232°10'N / 100°44'W32°12'N / 100°36'W10.30 Miles200 Yards03250K0Mitchell
 Brief Description: A National Weather Service damage survey team concluded that a significant tornado struck rural areas of southeastern Mitchell County during the evening of the 11th. The team examined a damage path marked by shredded vegetation (mostly mesquite trees), downed utility poles, agricultural fences, and a complex of destroyed mobile homes that extended over ten miles in a continuous horseshoe shaped path that crossed State Route 208 twenty miles south-southeast of Colorado City. The tornado developed seventeen miles south-southeast of Colorado City around 2028 CST. Damage indicates the tornado's motion was initially toward the southeast then east as it crossed the heavily traveled State Route 208. Two Texas Tech University students traveling north on 208 (south of the tornado's path) watched as a Ford Expedition drove into the tornadic circulation. The large sports utility vehicle was blown 100 yards off of the highway. Evidence supports the vehicle was rolled a considerable distance by the tornadic winds, but it is unclear whether it became airborne. Three motorists were transferred to local hospitals. One person sustained serious injuries that included a broken back. A detailed damage path analysis and corresponding radar data suggest that the tornado then tracked very slowly east a few miles before curving to the northeast. Similar curved damage paths (turning left of the tornado's original motion) are commonly observed when well-developed tornadoes enter the dissipation stage. The tornado proved to remain very dangerous, however, as eight mobile homes were destroyed by the tornado near the end of its life cycle twenty miles southeast of Colorado City. The light weight and unanchored structures were blown over and shredded by the dissipation stage tornadic winds. The trailers were arranged in a complex and were used to provide shelter for groups of hunters that frequent the ranch property. They were not occupied when the tornado struck. In summary, a significant round of severe thunderstorms affected parts of west Texas during the afternoon and evening of the 11th. At least two supercell storms produced giant hail and one strong tornado over the region. A supercell thunderstorm tracked across Terrell County in the west Texas Lower Trans Pecos region during the late afternoon hours. Multiple reports of large hail including two different instances of tennis ball sized stones were received as this storm tracked east along U.S. Highway 90 between Sanderson and Dryden. A second area of convection erupted over the eastern Permian Basin by late afternoon and continued into the evening hours. A severe storm associated with this activity produced half-dollar size hail in the Westbrook community. An isolated classic supercell evolved from this complex of storms and took on a distinctly deviant southeastward storm motion. This storm took on radar characteristics consistent with a classic tornadic supercell. Hail up to the size of golfballs was observed southeast of Colorado City as the storm evolved into its tornadic phase. A long-lived significant tornado tracked across mainly rural areas of Mitchell County just after sunset. The tornado resulted in three injuries when it crossed State Route 208 and blew a vehicle off of the highway. Severe rear flank downdraft winds also resulted in widespread wind damage south of the tornado's path.
39.01973-03-10232°20'N / 99°45'W0125K0Taylor
41.01975-05-13331°50'N / 99°26'W0.10 Mile27 Yards250K0Coleman
41.01992-03-03231°50'N / 99°26'W0.50 Mile100 Yards01250K0Coleman
42.11989-05-14231°40'N / 100°52'W31°40'N / 100°45'W6.00 Miles600 Yards000K0Sterling
43.61973-03-23232°28'N / 100°24'W32°28'N / 100°21'W3.30 Miles300 Yards00250K0Nolan
44.01986-04-19332°27'N / 100°26'W32°29'N / 100°21'W4.50 Miles600 Yards110025.0M0Nolan
45.11978-07-03232°29'N / 99°52'W0.10 Mile50 Yards00250K0Taylor
45.21962-05-31332°18'N / 99°33'W2.00 Miles33 Yards020K0Callahan
46.41990-04-05232°27'N / 99°44'W0.20 Mile10 Yards000K0Taylor
46.41965-05-15231°46'N / 99°21'W000K0Coleman
46.41965-05-15231°46'N / 99°21'W000K0Coleman
48.61982-05-27232°26'N / 100°41'W32°28'N / 100°31'W5.00 Miles30 Yards00250K0Nolan
48.81982-05-27232°10'N / 100°52'W32°25'N / 100°44'W15.00 Miles30 Yards00250K0Mitchell

* 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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