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Ponchatoula, LA Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #305

Ponchatoula, LA
0.01
Louisiana
0.03
U.S.
1.81

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

Ponchatoula, LA
0.0000
Louisiana
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

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, #226

Ponchatoula, LA
226.17
Louisiana
235.86
U.S.
136.45

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 1,848 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Ponchatoula, LA were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:3Dense Fog:1Drought:4
Dust Storm:0Flood:112Hail:368Heat:0Heavy Snow:2
High Surf:0Hurricane:5Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:2
Thunderstorm Winds:1,166Tropical Storm:8Wildfire:0Winter Storm:4Winter Weather:0
Other:173 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Ponchatoula, LA.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Ponchatoula, LA.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 70 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Ponchatoula, LA.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.71977-09-05230°25'N / 90°26'W1.70 Miles70 Yards012.5M0Tangipahoa
6.31953-02-06330°30'N / 90°33'W30°32'N / 90°27'W6.50 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Tangipahoa
6.61971-09-16230°28'N / 90°20'W30°31'N / 90°22'W4.10 Miles150 Yards00250K0Tangipahoa
8.41977-11-29230°30'N / 90°34'W1.00 Mile50 Yards02250K0Livingston
11.41953-02-06330°29'N / 90°42'W30°30'N / 90°33'W9.10 Miles400 Yards2212.5M0Livingston
11.71992-02-15230°35'N / 90°33'W0.80 Mile527 Yards0102.5M0Tangipahoa
17.11971-09-19230°41'N / 90°30'W0.20 Mile50 Yards003K0Tangipahoa
18.21997-11-21230°29'N / 90°13'W30°29'N / 90°04'W9.00 Miles200 Yards0433.5M0St. Tammany
 Brief Description: A severe thunderstorm produced a tornado as it moved into St. Tammany Parish. The tornado was first observed by the State Police on Interstate Highway 12 west of Covington. From data collected on a ground, damage survey by the National Weather Service, the tornado moved on a path slightly north of due east. The tornado moved across the downtown area of Covington and continued east for nearly 2 miles before lifting off the ground. Most of the damage along path indicated F1 damage, however, several areas near downtown Covington were classified as F2 damage. Parish officials reported 43 injuries were reported with tornado, though most were relatively minor. Six persons required and overnight stay in a hospital, including three pregnant women. Most of the damage to homes was due to large pine trees which had been toppled onto houses. In downtown Covington, a few large buildings lost roofs, had windows blown out, or suffered substantial damage. A large parish building suffered $500,000 damage. Media reports indicated cleanup would cost several million dollars. Just east of the downtown area, several cars were lifted and moved tens of feet by the tornado, and an empty tractor-trailer truck rig was blown over. Nearly 50 cars in a parking lot had their windows blown out by debris or by rapid pressure drop. The same parent thunderstorm spawned another tornado just south of Talisheek damaging a barn and a house. The damage path length at Talisheek was estimated. American Red Cross reports indicated 69 single family homes were destroyed or had major damage in St. Tammany Parish. Four public buildings were also heavily damaged.
18.81964-10-04230°23'N / 90°08'W1.00 Mile183 Yards0025K0St. Tammany
19.41973-12-04230°42'N / 90°34'W30°43'N / 90°31'W3.60 Miles80 Yards032.5M0Tangipahoa
21.41972-05-12230°45'N / 90°25'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Tangipahoa
21.62006-11-15230°45'N / 90°32'W30°45'N / 90°28'W3.00 Miles100 Yards10250K0KSt. Helena
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near the intersection of Louisiana Highways 441 and 1046 and moved northeast to Tangipahoa Parish line west of Arcola. One fatality occurred near the initial touchdown when the tornado struck a small frame house and close-by travel trailer. Both house and travel trailer next to the house were destroyed with debris piled about 25 yards to the northeast. A 43 year-old male in the travel trailer was fataly injured. The tornado continued northeast with damage primarily to trees, powerlines and house roofs. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms developed in the vicinity of a warm front that moved north across southeast Louisiana during the afternoon and evening of the 14th and in advance and along a cold front that moved through the area during the morning of the 15th.
21.71974-11-20230°38'N / 90°11'W30°35'N / 90°05'W7.10 Miles33 Yards0025K0St. Tammany
23.71961-04-09230°42'N / 90°30'W30°50'N / 90°08'W23.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Tangipahoa
24.71992-08-25330°04'N / 90°27'W30°07'N / 90°37'W9.00 Miles150 Yards23225.0M0St. John The Baptist
25.21972-05-07230°48'N / 90°22'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Tangipahoa
25.31961-11-22230°05'N / 90°32'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0325K0St. John The Baptist
25.31983-12-06430°04'N / 90°31'W30°05'N / 90°25'W7.00 Miles200 Yards02525.0M0St. John The Baptist
26.61969-04-12330°12'N / 90°54'W30°17'N / 90°45'W10.70 Miles100 Yards01250K0Ascension
27.11973-12-04230°28'N / 91°10'W30°42'N / 90°34'W39.10 Miles80 Yards002.5M0East Baton Rouge
27.81989-06-08230°40'N / 90°51'W30°38'N / 90°50'W1.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0St. Helena
28.11975-05-08230°45'N / 90°45'W000K0St. Helena
29.51989-06-08230°38'N / 90°54'W30°40'N / 90°51'W2.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Livingston
30.41974-10-29230°02'N / 90°15'W0.20 Mile20 Yards00250K0Jefferson
30.71987-02-15230°52'N / 90°30'W30°54'N / 90°28'W3.50 Miles150 Yards03250K0Tangipahoa
30.81972-03-16230°02'N / 90°14'W0.50 Mile67 Yards02250K0Jefferson
32.21977-04-20230°25'N / 90°59'W0.20 Mile67 Yards01250K0East Baton Rouge
33.31980-04-13229°57'N / 90°29'W29°58'N / 90°26'W3.60 Miles33 Yards02250K0St. Charles
33.31968-09-17230°50'N / 90°07'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003K0Washington
35.11971-03-10229°59'N / 90°13'W30°00'N / 90°07'W6.20 Miles300 Yards172.5M0Jefferson
36.41971-09-16330°27'N / 91°02'W30°33'N / 91°04'W7.30 Miles83 Yards032.5M0East Baton Rouge
36.41971-03-10230°00'N / 90°07'W30°00'N / 90°06'W1.30 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Orleans
36.91966-01-28329°55'N / 90°19'W0.10 Mile17 Yards0025K0St. Charles
37.22004-11-24230°18'N / 89°51'W30°21'N / 89°49'W4.00 Miles50 Yards04750K0St. Tammany
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down along an intermittent path approximately 4 miles long on the northwest side of Slidell. A NWS ground survey indicated that minor damage occurred to the south of US Highway 190 and near Centennial Park subdivision. The tornado continued to track north-northeast with the greatest damage, F2 intensity, occurring just southwest of the airport. The tornado damaged about 152 houses in the Bel Air subdivision off Airport Road with nine of the homes being declared uninhabitable. Four people received injuries during the storm and were treated at an area hospital and released. A wind gust of 70 mph (61 knots) was recorded at the automated weather equipment (ASOS) at the Slidell Airport.
37.71964-10-03229°56'N / 90°13'W29°58'N / 90°07'W6.50 Miles83 Yards032.5M0Jefferson
37.81964-10-03229°58'N / 90°07'W30°02'N / 90°01'W7.70 Miles83 Yards022.5M0Orleans
38.31973-04-26330°30'N / 91°05'W0.30 Mile70 Yards0025K0East Baton Rouge
38.62007-02-13230°00'N / 90°03'W30°01'N / 90°01'W1.00 Mile50 Yards1101.0M0KOrleans
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down just south of the intersections of Franklin Avenue and Prentiss Street and moved east northeast across the southern portion of Pontchartrain Park to the Industrial Canal. Roofs were blown off of several homes and the upper portions of two story houses were partially collapsed. One fatality occurred when a travel trailer was destroyed and the 86 year old occupant was fatally injured. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated supercell thunderstorms developed in the early morning hours over sections of southeast Louisiana well in advance of a squall line associated with a strong upper air storm system and cold front moving through the lower Mississippi Valley. These rogue rotating supercell storms produced tornadoes as well as large hail and isolated wind damage. A tornado in Jefferson Parish destroyed 23 houses and damaged 231 others. Tornadoes in Orleans Parish destroyed 32 houses and damaged 295 others.
39.01961-09-11230°20'N / 89°46'W30°20'N / 89°50'W4.30 Miles100 Yards0225K0St. Tammany
39.62006-02-02229°57'N / 90°06'W29°57'N / 90°06'W2.50 Miles150 Yards00500K0Orleans
 Brief Description: The tornado which moved through the east portions of Metaire continued to move northeast through the Lakeview and Lakefront neighborhoods of New Orleans. The area where the tornado impacted had previously been flooded by Hurricane Katrina, and most homes were unoccupied. Several homes suffered substantial damage to roofs, windows blown out, and power poles blown down. Several two story homes suffered substantial damage to the second floor with roof removed and walls blown out. A large communication tower was toppled at a former state policebuilding. The tornado moved into Lake Pontchartrain as a waterspout.
39.82007-02-13229°54'N / 90°09'W29°58'N / 90°06'W6.00 Miles50 Yards0152.0M0KOrleans
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado crossed the Mississippi River form Jefferson Parish and moved on a northerly course through portions of the Uptown and Carrollton areas with continuous damage noted. The damage path became isolated as the tornado appeared to turn more northeast with damage to a warehouse noted in the Mid City area. Significant damage was observed to houses and commercial structures. The roofs and portions of roofs were removed from a number of houses. The collapse of some exterior walls was also noted. The damage observed indicated an intensity in the mid to upper range of an EF 2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with winds estimated to be in the 125-130 mph range. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated supercell thunderstorms developed in the early morning hours over sections of southeast Louisiana well in advance of a squall line associated with a strong upper air storm system and cold front moving through the lower Mississippi Valley. These rogue rotating supercell storms produced tornadoes as well as large hail and isolated wind damage. A tornado in Jefferson Parish destroyed 23 houses and damaged 231 others. Tornadoes in Orleans Parish destroyed 32 houses and damaged 295 others.
40.71950-03-19230°06'N / 91°00'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Ascension
40.71965-01-22230°06'N / 91°00'W1.00 Mile267 Yards00250K0Ascension
40.71976-01-25230°06'N / 91°00'W1.10 Miles33 Yards072.5M0Ascension
41.21953-07-17229°57'N / 90°02'W30°01'N / 89°58'W6.40 Miles33 Yards02250K0Orleans
41.21975-05-08230°25'N / 91°11'W30°24'N / 91°05'W6.20 Miles50 Yards000K0East Baton Rouge
41.21981-06-22229°57'N / 90°03'W2.30 Miles20 Yards0025K0Orleans
42.11989-06-08230°31'N / 91°11'W30°33'N / 91°06'W6.00 Miles60 Yards0582.5M0East Baton Rouge
42.12007-02-13229°54'N / 90°07'W2.00 Miles50 Yards092.0M0KJefferson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado moved along a northerly path from Lapalco Boulevard to the Mississippi River roughly following Avenue C and Avenue D. Significant damage was observed to residential and commercial structures that indicated an intensity in the mid to upper range of an EF 2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with winds estimated to be in the 125-130 mph range. Some of the most impressive structural damage observed was to an older, two story motel building which had its roof removed and a portion of the second floor walls caved in. The tornado crossed the Mississippi River into Orleans Parish. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated supercell thunderstorms developed in the early morning hours over sections of southeast Louisiana well in advance of a squall line associated with a strong upper air storm system and cold front moving through the lower Mississippi Valley. These rogue rotating supercell storms produced tornadoes as well as large hail and isolated wind damage. A tornado in Jefferson Parish destroyed 23 houses and damaged 231 others. Tornadoes in Orleans Parish destroyed 32 houses and damaged 295 others.
42.11958-11-14230°28'N / 91°09'W2.00 Miles17 Yards0025K0East Baton Rouge
42.61983-04-22229°54'N / 90°06'W2.00 Miles100 Yards03250K0Jefferson
42.61965-06-27230°21'N / 91°09'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0East Baton Rouge
42.81989-05-18230°52'N / 91°01'W30°52'N / 90°55'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0East Feliciana
43.01995-05-08229°57'N / 90°00'W0.80 Mile40 Yards00250K0St. Bernard
 Brief Description: A strong tornado touched down briefly overturning eight railroad tank cars and heavily damaging several commercial buildings. Property damage was estimated. Tornado path width and length estimated. St Tammany Parish
43.71983-03-20330°58'N / 90°02'W2.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Washington
43.71951-09-27229°52'N / 90°08'W1.00 Mile20 Yards0025K0Jefferson
43.91984-10-14330°39'N / 91°09'W30°43'N / 91°06'W5.00 Miles150 Yards03250K0East Baton Rouge
44.31984-10-14330°43'N / 91°06'W30°52'N / 91°02'W11.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0East Feliciana
44.91987-02-15230°29'N / 89°42'W30°31'N / 89°41'W3.00 Miles100 Yards02250K0Pearl River
44.91977-12-13331°02'N / 90°40'W31°07'N / 90°33'W9.00 Miles350 Yards0025K0Amite
44.91961-11-13230°36'N / 91°10'W30°39'N / 91°10'W3.40 Miles50 Yards01250K0East Baton Rouge
46.31989-06-08230°31'N / 91°15'W30°31'N / 91°11'W3.50 Miles60 Yards022.5M0West Baton Rouge
47.21987-02-15231°04'N / 90°09'W31°04'N / 90°06'W3.00 Miles73 Yards02250K0Walthall
47.21983-01-31230°23'N / 91°14'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0West Baton Rouge
47.41960-02-03229°48'N / 90°48'W29°50'N / 90°45'W4.30 Miles100 Yards08250K0Lafourche
48.21992-11-21230°50'N / 91°08'W30°52'N / 91°04'W9.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0East Feliciana
48.52005-04-06231°03'N / 90°20'W31°13'N / 90°17'W9.00 Miles100 Yards02200K0Pike
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near the community of Progress in Pike County and moved north northeast to the Barto area before crossing Highway 98 and moving out of Pike County and into Walthall County about 2 miles east northeast of Holmesville. Along its path in Pike County, the tornado destroyed a church and a couple of mobile homes, damaged a number of houses and businesses, and knocked down numerous trees. A meso-cyclone thunderstorm produced a tornado as moved on an intermittent path northeastward across eastern Pike County and northwest Walthall County.
48.61957-10-23229°56'N / 91°06'W29°56'N / 90°55'W11.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Assumption
48.81982-01-30229°59'N / 91°04'W3.00 Miles10 Yards0125K0Assumption
48.91974-01-19229°57'N / 91°02'W0.30 Mile27 Yards003K0Assumption


* 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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