Does Las Vegas Get Tornados? The Answer: Kinda
Destructive tornados have been ripping through parts of the Midwest and South leaving double digit death tolls and hundred of people displaced.
With national headlines being consumed with storm watchers and tornado news, it’s common to have the natural disaster-induced question of, “has Las Vegas ever had a tornado?”
And in short: Yes. Las Vegas has had a few tornados.
There have been four recorded tornados in the Vegas area, according to the Reno Gazette Journal’s Data Central.
An F0 tornado happened on Aug. 12, 1971, two tornados happened March 30, 1992 and one F0 tornado happened on Sep. 11, 1998.
One tornado on March 30, 1992 actually reached F1 status, while the other stayed at the F0 status. The F1 tornado caused over $250,000 in property damages.
However, the most severe tornado happened on Sept. 11, 1998. According to the Reno Gazette Journal’s tornado achieves, this day was filled with horrible weather.
On Sept. 11 1998, severe thunderstorms pounded the Las Vegas Valley and Lake Mead. This severe weather also caused golf ball-sized hail to punch the area. And to top this horrible-weather sundae, a small tornado and flash flooding was occurring simultaneously.
According to the data, the small tornado ripped off a roof in Henderson warehouse and destroyed a block wall at a service station.