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Two Close for Comfort
In my May 2006 Weather Almanac piece entitled Three Strikes on Codell, I noted that the same ranch outside Codell in Ellis County was hit in both 1917 and 1918 on May 20th. I also wrote in the May Diary "Weather Fact" that only two homes have ever been levelled by a tornado in Logan County, Nebraska in 120 years of record (to 1991), and it was the same house both times (from Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991 by Tom Grazulis, 1993).
After finishing the piece, the media reported another interesting piece of weather trivia along the same vein. The story comes from Gage County, Nebraska. Here tornadoes visited the Parde farmstead, located about five miles south-southwest of Adams in the southeast portion of the state, twice within nine days.
The first was a brush with an F0 tornado on 6 April 2006 that took out the hog building, a lean-to cattle shelter and the satellite dish on the 600-acre farm. The family estimated the damage at over $55,000. Then on 15 April, a more intense F2 tornado hit and destroyed three empty grain bins, a windmill and several trees on the property plus some damage to the farmhouse.
But the story doesn't end there. According to the family's records, tornadoes have now crossed the same farm four times in the last 25 years. In 1981 a tornado tore off a hog house roof, and in 1993, another twister destroyed a garage and damaged a barn.
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