Yet when describing what is commonly known as the Andover tornado, two prominent weather officials often use an unlikely word: lifesaver.
The tornado struck while a new radar system was being field-tested, and the radar performed so well that instead of being canceled it was approved for production, officials say.
It is hard to image that good can come from a major tornado. But, twenty years ago, the Andover tornado of April 21, directly led to the installation of the Doppler radar network that may have saved lives as recently as this afternoon in Georgia.
The story from the Wichita Eagle.