Skip to comments.Xenia, Ohio F5 Tornado - April 3, 1974 - "The Day of The Killer Tornadoes"
Posted on 04/03/2018 12:32:16 PM PDT by bigbob
Reenactment for a Civil Defense Promotion Film released in 1978 to inspire communities to implement early warning systems. Actual community members from the locality participated as themselves, as the actors, in the scenes. It is assembled with news reels from local and national press, such as those found in AP News Reels, as well as local channels like in Dayton, OH. Parts that include the Xenia Tornado starts at approximately 10 minutes in. This film covered multiple states from Alabama to Ohio. It was released in 1978 and the subject content is about 1974.
(Uploader comments): The film was transferred from 16 MM Film in 1987 to 1" video tape from a Film Chain at Channel 22 in Dayton, OH. The master tape is stored in our archives and is of interest to me because it is where I grew up and for historical and public interest purposes. Because the film chain equipment used slide technology at the time, and one slide that had been used so much it left a raster burn in the monitor that was used to project the slide. Therefore, in some shots, you can see the 22 image burned (superposed) into the center of the image.
Actors played themselves. For complete cast, please see: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1002443/f...
whollycrud! I just finished a contract right there in Ohio
It headed right down Galbraith Avenue straight into the city. It stayed on one side of that huge avenue, tossing RVs and buses while leaving the other side of the street intact.
I recall a huge 30 foot sign for a car dealership...standing on two huge steel I-beams. It was twisted to the ground like Superman got pissed at it.
Back then Global Cooling was the flavor of the day.
The coming Ice Age was what the Leftist were pitching. But it didnt catch on because of ensuing warmer than expected weather.
Now the weather is actually cooling but they are already too far invested in Global Warming and a Carbon Economy to back off.
Funny, ain’t it? Back then we had “bad weather” and now everything is either blamed Trump, Russia, or global warming.
And while I’d rather see warnings that turn out to be nothing, it does seem like every storm warning is somewhat exaggerated nowadays.
There was a bad one that day that hit Brandenburg, KY hard. 31 dead, I just looked it up. I remember lots of medevac choppers in and out of Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox, which I lived near.
I think that there is so much news and entertainment available today that exaggeration and hyperbole is order of the day.
Just to get a few viewers they feel compelled to write their copy in such extreme terms the worst possible outcome of all possible forecast.
How long will it take before people are at the boy who cried wolf point of ignoring weather forecast?
Naming winter storms has taken me to the point of distraction. They have just gone too far. The Blizzards of 1978 and 1979 didnt need names they named themselves.
Blame NBC/Weather Channel for that crap.
My earlier thread
I remember standing on The Oval at OSU looking south at a sky that was black as coal in that direction. A couple hours later we heard the report that the town of Xenia had been virtually wiped from the map. Three winters later we had a couple weeks straight day and night sub-zero weather, followed the next year by what people in this State still call “The Blizzard of ‘78”. It’s laughable that anyone thinks weather extremes are something new. But of course, back in the 70’s there wasn’t a multi-trillion $ international money laundering scam to support.
My hometown of Guin, Alabama was absolutely decimated on that awful day.
I was three years old but I can vaguely recall the devastation and hearing people screaming after the tornado passed. My dad was the police chief and had the dreadful task of identifying the bodies, who included a few family friends.
Unfortunately, Guin doesn’t get the national attention that Xenia receives, even though our damage was just as bad.
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