SPC Stats

Path length: 65.8 miles

Width:  50 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F3

County:  Cotton

34 tornadoes are a part of the SPC Database for November 17, 1958.  Most were in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  We look at an Oklahoma tornado from this day in this summary.  There is a huge discrepancy in the record on the path length.  The SPC Database records a path length of 65.8 miles.  The Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes only have a path length of 10 miles.  The rest of the stats match.

When you plot the SPC coordinates, the track starts in Wilbarger County, TX and moves into OK through Tillman and Cotton Counties. Based on the CDNS narrative this is incorrect.  I have provided a map showing the SPC coordinates and one that maps out what is written in the CDNS.

Per CDNS, the tornado moved from 3 miles east of Cookietown to 3 miles east of Walters.  Four farms were destroyed.  A mother and three children were in their home.  It was picked up and carried 50 feet and then fell to the ground.  The mom and 2 of the children were injured.  A man was injured at another farm.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.28 / -99.4      End: 34.35 / -98.25

This is incorrect.  The tornado should have a much shorter path in Cotton County, OK only.

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

This map is based on the CDNS narrative.

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 November 1958 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 65.8 mile path length.
  • Grazulis and CDNS have a length at 10 miles.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      November 1958 Climatological Data National Summary

      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 1017.

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