Path length: 27 miles
Width: 100 yards
County: Stoddard, Scott
A total of 40 tornadoes are a part of the SPC Database, December 14-15, 1971. Most that occurred on the 15th were during the early AM hours. We look at one of those in this summary. It was given a rating of F2 and had an intermittent path of 22+ miles through from Bell City to Scott City in Missouri. There is a discrepancy on path length. Storm Data states 22 miles while SPC states 27 miles.
There was damage to a farm near the development point SW of Bell City. On the north edge of town there were several businesses and homes that sustained damage. Just south of Mesler, 4 box cars of a freight train were lifted off their tracks. Two barns and business were damaged near Oran.
In the Illmo area, a man was killed when his mobile home was destroyed.
Storm Data Entry
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the December 1971 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have a 27 mile path length.
- Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 22 miles. Both mention “skipping”.
- SPC/NCDC have a 100 yard width.
- Grazulis and Storm Data have a width at 200 yards.
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