Path length: 19.4 miles

Width:  880 yards

Fatalities:  3

Injuries:  9

Rating:  F4

County:  Anderson

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 38.12 / -95.30   End:  38.37 / -95.13    

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.


Per the SPC, 19 tornadoes occurred on April 12, 1964.  There were 2 rated F4:  One in Page County, IA that damaged or destroyed 70% of the buildings in Yorktown and the second in KS, the topic of this summary.

Around 4pm CT, on Sunday, April 12, 1964, a tornado formed south of Welda in Anderson County.  It moved SE of Garnett and dissipated near Greeley.  Total path length was around 17 miles.  There were 9 injuries and 3 fatalities reported.  The fatalities occurred in vehicles at the intersection of US Highways 169 and 59.  23 farms were hit and at least 4 homes were leveled.  

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We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the April 1964 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:


  • Grazulis has a width of 500 yards.
  • The remaining sources have the width at 880 yards.

Path length:

  • SPC/NCDC list a path length of 19.4 miles.
  • Storm Data and Grazulis have a 17 mile path.


    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    April 1964 Storm Data Publication

    Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1052.

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