8 Minutes: Bradley Air Museum and the 1979 Windsor Locks Tornado

Rating the Intensity of a Tornado

The Windsor Locks tornado was rated an F4. What does that mean? At that time, tornado intensity was measured using a scale developed by researcher “Ted” Fujita that tied damage to estimated wind speeds generated during a storm. The Fujita Scale, as it came to be known, was in use from 1971 until its replacement by the Enhanced Fujita Scale in 2007.

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