The Canton, Texas Tornados with Sentinel-2 imagery

On April 29th, 2017 a tornado tore through Canton, Texas leaving 5 dead and over 50 injured.

We had a look at the Sentinel-2 imagery of the region and we can see two tornado tracks across Canton:


Two tornado tracks near Canton, Texas.

There were tornadoes reported in nearby Eustace and Caney City. We suspect they are reports of the tornado shown on the left below.

Tornado tracks as far as we could trace them in Sentinel-2 imagery.


Zooming in on Canton, we can see how the track passed over several residential areas.

A section of the left (western) track shows a relatively straight right edge with curved tails coming off the left edge. We believe we can conclude from the shape that the tornado was rotating clockwise. We do not know which direction it was travelling (north or south).

Hopefully, we will see higher resolution DigitalGlobe imagery at a later date.

To see the relevant Sentinel-2 imagery in Google Earth, download this KML file. We have also included the locations of all US tornadoes of 2017 as listed on Wikipedia. Keep in mind that Wikipedia’s tornado locations are often far from accurate.

There have been a number of other strong tornadoes in May, but the relevant Sentinel-2 imagery is not yet available on AWS.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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