SPC Stats

Path length: 18 miles

Width:  233 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  53

Rating:  F3

County:  Saline, Pulaski

A total of 29 tornadoes pushed through 4 states on December 2, 1982.   9 twisters were in Arkansas, 5 of which were given an F3 rating.  We look at one of those in this summary.  

This tornado moved 18 miles through parts of Saline and Pulaski Counties. It developed near Bryant and moved through Alexander to west Little rock to Crystal Hill.  86 mobile homes were destroyed in Saline County.  100+ homes in west Little Rock had extensive damage.

There were 53 injuries and 2 fatalities.

Storm Data Entry

Tornado moved northeastward from near Bryant (Saline County) through residential areas of west Little Rock to Crystal Hill (Pulaski County).  One man was killed at Alexander (Saline County) in a mobile home park where 28 were injured.  Eighty-six mobile homes were destroyed or received major damage in Saline County. The tornado damage path expanded to about 10 blocks wide in west Little Rock with some areas of wind damage up to 20 blocks wide.  A small pieces of sheet metal crashed through the windshield, killing a man stopped on Interstate 430.  The man’s wife was seriously injured.  Twenty-five injuries were reported in Pulaski County.  Over 100 houses in west Little rock were destroyed or severely damaged. About 600 buildings in Pulaski County and 150 in Saline County were damaged. 

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.58 / -92.47      End: 34.85 / -92.27

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

Newspaper Clippings

Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Dec 3, 1982. Clipped from newspaperarchive.com

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the December 1982 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Width:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 233 mile path length.
  • Grazulis lists a width of 250 yards.
  • Storm Data has a width of 700 yards.

          Sources:

          The Storm Prediction Center

          NCDC Storm Events Database

          December 1982 Storm Data Publication

          newspapers.com

          Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1244.

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