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NOUS41 KPBZ 261704  
PNSPBZ  
PAZ014-262115-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA  
104 PM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016  
 
...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR RENFREW IN BUTLER COUNTY WESTERN  
PENNSYLVANIA...  
 
LOCATION...RENFREW IN BUTLER COUNTY WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA  
DATE...08/25/2016  
ESTIMATED TIME...947 PM EDT  
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...350 YARDS  
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE  
BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.7817N / -80.0082W  
ENDING LAT/LON...40.785N / -79.9892W  
* FATALITIES...0  
* INJURIES...0  
 
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN  
NWS STORM DATA.  
   
..SUMMARY
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH PA HAS CONFIRMED A  
TORNADO NEAR RENFREW IN BUTLER COUNTY WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ON  
08/25/2016.  
 
A WEAK EF0 TORNADO STARTED AT 947 PM IN AN OPEN FIELD JUST NORTH  
OF BROWNSDALE ROAD THEN TRAVELED EAST BEFORE LIFTING NORTH OF  
REIBOLD ROAD. DAMAGE INDICATORS USED TO RATE THIS TORNADO  
WERE PRIMARILY BROKEN HARDWOOD TREES WITH ONE UPROOTED. A PINE  
TREE ALONG REIBOLD ROAD WAS SNAPPED THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY UP.  
SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS WITH SHINGLES  
MISSING. A SOUNDBOARD TO A NATURAL GAS WELL PAD WAS DISLODGED AND  
LANDED ON ITS EXTERIOR FENCE. THE TORNADO TRACKED THROUGH A CORN  
FIELD KNOCKING DOWN CORN STALKS.  
 
THIS IS THE FIFTH TORNADO TO OCCUR IN OUR FORECAST AREA THIS  
SEASON. IT IS THE 22ND TORNADO SINCE 1950 TO HIT BUTLER COUNTY  
AND THE 11TH EF0 TORNADO. ON AVERAGE OUR AREA EXPERIENCES FOUR TO  
SIX TORNADOES ANNUALLY. A BREAKDOWN OF TORNADOES TO IMPACT BUTLER  
COUNTY FROM 1950- 2016 IS LISTED BELOW.  
 
EF0: 11  
EF1: 6  
EF2: 4  
EF3: 1  
EF4: 0  
EF5: 0  
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT  
WEATHER.GOV/PITTSBURGH. HISTORICAL SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION CAN  
BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV/PITTSBURGH/SVRCLIMO.  
 
FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES  
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:  
 
EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.  
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.  
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.  
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.  
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.  
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.  
 

 
 
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