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Question: I'm curious, when the early americans explored and settled in the Midwest, did they experience and tornadoes!?
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By early Americans I assume you mean european Americans in the westward expansion movement of the 19th century!. There are several mentions of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in books written during that time!. Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) mentioned terrible storms on the prairie while they were going west!.
Sam Watkins, a Confederate soldier in Mississippi during the Civil War, mentioned in his book, "Company Aytch", a tornado hitting their camp in 1863!.
In the Bible, the oldest book written is the book of Job!. In it, Jobs children are all seated for a feast when a whirlwind came out of the desert and caused the house to fall down, killing them all!. So, tornadoes have been around for quite awhile!.

I would love to see those pictures from the Lewis and Clark Expedition that someone mentioned in an earlier post!. That would be quite a feat, since the camera hadn't been invented yetWww@QuestionHome@Com

YES they did!. There was recently a documentary about this on the Education and Learning Broadcast Network!. They showed footage and pictures from the Civil war and earlier!. They even had some images of Walnut Grove the town made famous by Little House on the Prairie!. They also had some great pictures taken by Sam Von Claustien who was a famous B&W photographer!. He had pictures from the Lewis and Clark expedition showing that indeed tornadoes did exists even back then!. Amazingly though there is no evidence that from 1387 to 1739 that there were any!. The indians report only seeing something they called a "wind of death"!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Of course they did!. They also experienced blizzards and violent thunderstorms, just as people living in the midwest today do!. Just like how Columbus and other explorers experienced Hurricanes in the Caribbean!. The weather hasn't changed since then, except for global warming!. But even that hasn't been so drastic as to entirely change the weather patterns in a specific area!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

They didn't have tornadoes back then!. Tornadoes and hurricanes weren't invented until the Weather Channel came along!.

Sorry just kidding!. Of course they had tornadoes back then!. Maybe not like we have them now since we are screwing up the environment so bad but they did have them!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

probably but their houses were probably shanties and in most cases people built near fresh water regardless and what ever other good qualities the land had to offer!. as people started to settle in 1 cluster they really didn't bother moving!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

No, there weren't any tornadoes, hurricanes or other unpleasant weather phenomena until the wicked white Americans raped the land and caused all of the global warming!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

There are records of tornadoes dating back to 1671; so there have been tornadoes for a long time!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

No, and they didn't have to deal with snow either!.Www@QuestionHome@Com