So in 1959, when a wispy shape appeared on the radars at the weather bureau at Lambert Airport, the forecasters considered issuing a tornado warning. But, their radars were young and not as reliable as the radars we use today.
The forecasters decided since tornadoes were not common in February, a tornado was unlikely.
St. Louisans went to bed to rain and woke up to what would be the third most deadly tornado in Saint Louis history.
The sudden onset, and the fact that it hit at 2:00 a.m. led to 21 deaths and 345 injuries.