Dane County experienced its first tornado warning of the new season on Saturday night, the sirens making a rare March appearance.
It's been more than 19 months since the last major destructive touchdown in the county, when an F3 tornado cut a swath through farmland and residential neighborhoods to the north of Stoughton on Aug. 18, 2005. A 154-second video of that storm has garnered tens of thousands of viewers over the last year, owing largely to its documentation of the incredulous reactions to the tornado's devastation.
The brief (and very understandably profane) video clip follows below.
Much more information about the tornado in Stoughton, including a timeline, more photos and videos, and a map of its path can be found at stoughtontornado.org. Updates on the post-disaster clean-up are also available from the Stoughton Area Tornado Long-Term Recovery Board, a project of the Dane County Department of Emergency Management.
This year's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week begins next Monday, running April 9-13.