SPC Stats

Path length: 1 mile

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F1

County:  Osage

A total of 7 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of Oklahoma and Kansas on Halloween of 1984.  This summary focuses on a twister rated F1 that crossed through parts of Osage County, KS and near the town of Carbondale.  This was an interesting event.  The twister formed (along with a second one near Springdale) in the midst of a cluster of severe storms. Those storms formed NE of Emporia and moved to near Leavenworth.  The official record shows a path for this tornado of 1 mile.  A mobile home and 2 car garage was destroyed and a woman there was killed.  Her name was Edith Rogers, age 39.  She was found in her trailer. 

The Storm Data Entry lists the damage from the entire event.  In that list, they denote that a man was killed when a shed he was in collapsed.  He was a mile north of Carbondale at the Mineral Springs Mobile Home Park.  The woman was killed in the same park.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes attributes this fatality to the tornado and not straight line winds. So his tornado death count is two.  The man’s name was Norman Deforest, 44 years old.  

In the damage list, Storm Data notes that 1 3/8 miles north of Carbondale, 3 people were killed when a private plane crashed.  This is not officially connected to the tornado.  Grazulis mentions the plane crash in his entry for this event and does say it could have been tornado-related).  I found a newspaper article in the Council Grove Republican from November 1, 1984 that states the crash was “apparently related to the twister.”  Wreckage was found at the Mineral Springs Mobile Home Park.  

The official record lists no injuries.  Newspaper articles at the time show at least 10 people were injured at the mobile home park.

Storm Data Entry

A tornado dropped to the ground about a mile and a quarter north northwest of Carbondale and moved northeast across Old Highway 75 for about a mile. A woman was killed when the twister destroyed her mobile home and 2 car garage.

More from Storm Data:  This tornado was a part of a cluster of severe storms that formed NE of Emporia and move to near Leavenworth.  The storm packed damaging downburst winds.  Intermittent minor damage resulted in Lyon County, then damage was nearly continuous in a narrow path from Scranton to Springdale.   Two tornadoes (Carbondale and Springdale storms listed separately) also dropped out of the storms. The following is a list of damage:

1800 CST:  Northeast of Emporia, roof taken from a barn.

1810 CST:  Near Scranton, outbuildings damaged.

1823 CST:  1-3/8 miles north of Carbondale, three people killed when a private plane crashed.

1823 CST:  A mile north of Carbondale at Mineral Springs Mobile Home Park: One man killed when the shed he was in collapsed. Ten others injured when downburst winds caused major damage to 5 mobile homes.

1840 CST:  An A-frame home 5 miles southwest of Stull and a home building into the hillside 1.5 miles west southwest of Stull suffered major damage. Several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed in the southeast corner of Shawnee and SW corner of Douglas Counties.

1915 CST:  Several outbuildings destroyed or damage between Williamsburg and McLouth in Jefferson County.

1940 CST:  Barns damaged 3 miles east of Springdale.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates (Just one since path is short):  Start: 38.83 / -95.63      

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

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1984 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Fatality Count:

  • Grazulis has 2 fatalities.
  • Remaining sources list 1 fatality.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1984 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 1262.

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