Reshaping the Tornado Belt

The June 16, 1887, Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Tornado

by Vincent Godon, Nancy Godon & Kelly Kramlich



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/7/2011

Recognition Programs

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781450244305
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781450244299
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781450244282

About the Book

When a devastating tornado hit Grand Forks and East Grand Forks on June 16, 1887, nobody saw it coming.

Even the United States Signal Service believed there was a northern limit for tornadoes in the United States. The frontier towns of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks were located about seventyfive miles north of Fargo, which was thought to be at the northern tip of the “Tornado Belt.” Leaders of each town proudly claimed that their communities did not have to worry about the destructive power of tornadoes.

The tornado of 1887 changed everything. Reshaping the Tornado Belt discusses:

• How Grand Forks and East Grand Forks evolved • What happened when country schoolhouses were blown across the prairie with teachers and students trapped inside • What the two shattered towns had to do in the aftermath of the tornado to rebuild their communities • Eyewitness accounts of the tornado as it traveled twenty miles

Full of maps and figures and painstakingly researched by three weather professionals, Reshaping the Tornado Belt tells an important story about how a horrific tornado challenged and reshaped two communities and changed how the world looks at tornadoes.

About the Author

Kelly Kramlich lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota; Vincent and Nancy Godon are married and live in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Each author earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of North Dakota, where Nancy also earned a master’s degree in geography. All three once worked together at the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.