Extreme Weather: The 1913 Douglas County Tornado

Mar 8, 2013

Aug. Carsten's Home, 4402 Leavenworth Street, Courtesy of

This Sunday the Douglas County Historical Society is hosting a panel discussion on the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado.

The panelists include two historians, a meteorologist and a reporter/producer. 

Cassandra Novotne, Guest and Administrative Coordinator for the Douglas County Historical Society, says each of them will bring a different perspective to be discussed with the audience.  

"We decided to do this as we are approaching the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado.  It did actually take place on March 23rd but we thought we would open it up to the public and make it part of our 2nd Sunday Lecture Series.  It’s been popular with the public and it seems to be a good time for members of the public to get together and be a part of these talks.”

In addition to the panel discussion, Novotne says there will also be a 10 minute preview of a new documentary that commemorates the tornado a century ago, called “Devil Clouds: Tornados Strike Nebraska.”  

The talk takes place this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Swanson Conference Center on Metro Community College’s Fort Omaha campus.