By some accounts, the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma on Monday was two miles wide. To put that into perspective, that is almost the diameter of downtown Sacramento between Interstate 5 and Business 80.
The path of the Oklahoma twister was very similar to the track of another destructive tornado that rolled through that same area 14 years ago.
The 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado was classified an F5, the most devastating kind. It killed 41 people and left thousands of homes in ruins.
Meteorologists are pondering the similarities.
“It certainly makes sense that there are the stronger tornadoes in that area,” said meteorologist Eric Kurth at the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “But to have them so close, it’s hard to pinpoint any meteorological reason why.”