Details extracted from the March 1908 Monthly Weather Review. The article was by W. S. Belden, Section Director. Dated Vicksburg, MS, February 17, 1908. Described as a “tornado of remarkable energy and duration”.
This summary looks back at an estimated F4 tornado from January 28, 1947. It moved from parts of Fulton County, Arkansas into Oregon and Carter Counties in Missouri.
This summary focuses in on the what the NWS deems the 4th worst tornado in history to hit the St. Louis Metropolitain Area. It is also the last F4 tornado to affect St. Louis.
A long-track, deadly tornado occurred on January 23, 1969. In his book, “The Tornado: Nature’s Ultimate Windstorm”, Thomas Grazulis notes that the process that brought about using the Fujita Scale to rate tornadoes can be traced to this event. (Grazulis, 2003). This tornado devastated the town of Hazlehurst, MS. It is the deadliest tornado on record (1950-current) in the month of January.
This twister was described by the NWS as “an extremely powerful, but compact tornado.” It was given a rating of F4 and was the strongest of the 13 that occurred across parts of the southern US on January 19, 1988.
The tornado formed east of Bemis and tracked NE for 16 miles. It trekked through the southern part of Jackson. The Hollywood Shopping Center had severe damage. A funeral home near it was demolished except for interior rooms. 200+ homes were destroyed and 300 more had lesser damage. One of the hardest hit subdivisions was Orchard Hill.
On May 5, 1975, Elvis Presley held a concert at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, MS to help the victims of this tornado. He raised $108,860.
Six tornadoes were produced during the late afternoon/early evening of January 7, 1989. The most significant tornado of the day hit the small town of Allendale, IL in Wabash County. Per the Storm Data Narrative from January 1989, “much of the town was obliterated.”
Main Writer Nick Wilkes documents the violent tornado outbreak that hit parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario on May 31, 1985.
A Funnel Feature by Guest Writer Lon Curtis about the devastating Waco Tornado of May 11, 1953