I chose this event because it hit within a large city, Detroit, MI. As I started delving into the data, I became even more intrigued because right of the bat there is a discrepancy in the rating. Officially, the SPC Database lists the rating of this tornado as an F3. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes believes the damage was more in the F1 range.
This F1 tornado has a short path length of 2 miles with a width of 440 yards. Storm Data states this tornado developed 9 miles ENE of Freedom in Woods County, OK. A farmstead had a great deal of damage. The garage was demolished. Pieces of a toolshed and bard were “strewn over a wide area.”
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.
A total of 9 tornadoes are found in the SPC Database for October 7, 1965. The strongest is listed as an F3 in Randolph County, NC. When I looked up this event in Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis, I immediately saw a difference. He has this event listed as an F1.
Not a lot of information to be found on this small tornado from 1989. Per the Storm Data entry, the tornado skipped about 14 miles through parts of Fremont County between Thurman and Randolph. The summary states that an RV was blown off of I-29 and 3 people were injured.
Four tornadoes are found in the SPC Database for August 7, 2003. Two were in Palm Beach County, FL. The NWS Miami summary described this event as “unusual” for August to see such a strong tornado form in South Florida.
It was a quick-hitting (1 mile path) tornado confirmed in Carroll County, VA on August 1, 1965. It hit about 2 miles east of Groundhog Mountain upsetting a trailer home. The home toppled down a bank and the 5 people inside were injured. 200+ trees were damaged and crops were flattened.