1996 Northern Virginia Tornado List
For the Official Report on this event, see Storm Data,
an official publication by the National Climatic Data Center in Ashville,
NC. Their web site is "http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/".
1)June 24, 1996 F0 3:10 pm .5 miles Loudoun County
A small tornado touch down along Route 50 between Middleburg and
Uppersville in southern Loudoun County. Few trees down. Tornado sighted by
a state trooper.
2) June 24, 1997 F2 3:40 pm 20 miles Loudoun and Fairfax Counties
Same storm (mesocyclone) dropped a second tornado in the southeast tip
of Loudoun County only 7 nm south of our radar. The tornado strengthened
to an F2 in western Fairfax County as it moved toward Sully Station. After
about 4 to 5 miles of damage, the tornado began to rope out and slowly
weaken but it remained on the ground damaging trees and some houses. It
was an F1 as moved through the City of Fairfax and weakened to an F0 as it
approached Annadale and the Capitol Beltway. (Map of track is on the home
page). Six homes were condemned with a total of 17 receiving major damage.
dozens more had moderate damage. Many of the homes in the path of the
storm as it moved through Fairfax were in heavily wooded areas. The woods
protected the houses from the brunt of the tornado winds, but many homes
were damaged by trees falling on them. The storm also produced a 60 to 80
mph downburst and so many trees and powerlines came down that some areas
of the county were without power for a week. 80,000 homes had lost power
during the storm. Insurance estimates of county-wide damage ranged
anywhere from 3 to 6 million dollars. We only recorded one injury.
3) June 24, 1997 F1 7:00 pm .5 mile Rockingham County
A small tornado was spawned from a supercell that moved through
Timberville. Damage was mostly to trees. A couple roofs were blown off and
4) July 19, 1997 F1 3:24 pm 4 miles Loudoun County
A second tornado was spawned out of a mesocyclone. It touched down in
Brunswick, MD, crossed the Potomac River into Loudoun County and continued
to do damage for another 4 miles as it weakened. Its total path length was
6 miles (including MD portion). Most of the damage was to trees. Several
homes experience exterior damage to siding, shingles, and other outdoor
fixtures. No one was hurt.
5) July 19, 1996 F0 3:50 pm 1 mile Loudoun County
This was the same mesocyclone mentioned above and was the 4th tornado
produced by it. The storm had again crossed the Potomac into Maryland.
This tornado again touched down in Maryland near the Potomac and than
crossed over into Virginia. It was caught on video by one of our amateur
radio spotters and passed not far from my house. Damage was to trees.
6) September 6, 1996 F0 10:30 am .5 mile Fauquier County
Tropical Storm Fran spawned a small tornado near Remington. It left a
well-defined narrow path through a corn field into a grove of pine trees.
Numerous trees in a small area were damaged or destroyed before the
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