At least one tornado is known to have struck Appleton. In the mid-1980s, a tornado touched down at the Zion and Moses Montefiore Cemetery, across from Appleton Papers. The worst recent tornado incident in the area occurred on April 27, 1984 when a tornado in the Town of Greenville killed one person.
On August 7, 2013, five tornadoes were confirmed in Outagamie County, but despite initial reports, none struck the city of Appleton.
Post-Crescent, 7-4-1998, B-1. Post-Crescent, August 8, 2013, A-1; August 9, 2013, A-1; August 11, 2013, A-2; August 13,2013, A-1, A-4.