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Letter shows Ozarks’ history of severe storms

Research uncovered historical account of deadly Marshfield tornado
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Unpredictable weather is a continual topic of discussion for those in the Ozarks, and tragic events like the Joplin tornado of 2011 are examples of the dangers of living in tornado alley. Dr. Brooks Blevins, professor of Ozarks history at Missouri State University, recently found a letter during his research that features a personal account of a Marshfield tornado in 1880.

“It turns out the letter documents – up until the Joplin tornado – the most famous and deadly tornado in the history of southwest Missouri,” said Blevins.

According to Blevins, these types of historical documents help add color and life to his writing.

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