Recent weather events in Oklahoma remind us again how devastating tornadoes can be. Like Oklahoma, we also have a history of severe tornadoes in Ohio. Channel 4 meteorologist Ben Gelber came to the Research Room on the third floor of the Ohio History Center to see historic newspaper headlines about and photographs of tornado damage in Ohio. Two newspapers that Ben looked at were the June 13, 1814 edition of the Chillicothe Supporter, and the May 10, 1973 edition of the Columbus Citizen-Journal. Click here to watch Ben’s report online.
If you would like to see learn more about tornadoes in Ohio you can visit the Historical Society’s online exhibit, Severe Weather in Ohio, or search our digital library, Ohio Memory. A keyword search for ‘tornado’ will retrieve photographs, newspaper articles, personal accounts, and information about tornado preparedness.