SPC Stats

Path length: 38 miles

Width:  73 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  2

Rating:  F3

Parish:  Caldwell, Richland

This tornado developed in open country near the Jackson-Caldwell parish line. It moved to the northeast near Corey.  The survey states the tornado path was not continuous.  A tenant farm was destroyed.  16-year-old Julia Bass was killed.  Her infant daughter, Emily (Or Emile) Lee was carried with the debris for about 300-400 yards.  The infant and Julia’s Mom, Josephine were taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained when the tornado hit.  

Few discrepancies to note:

1. The official SPC rating of this tornado is F3.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes believes the rating was F2.  He mentions the tenant home was “frail”.

2. Parishes in the path:  SPC lists Caldwell and Richland Parish.  Storm Data adds Ouachita Parish.  Grazulis only has Caldwell.  The SPC coordinates go through both Caldwell and Richland.  The Storm Data summary states, “the storm moved on into Richland Parish, but no further damages reported.”  Since there was no damage in Richland Parish and the path didn’t cross into Ouachita Parish, we agree with Grazulis that only Caldwell Parish should be in the path.

3. The SPC have a 38 mile path through the two parishes listed above.  Storm Data lists a 35 mile path.  Grazulis has a 10 mile path.  That seems more plausible since damage was limited to in and around the Corey area in Caldwell Parish only.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 32.13 / -92.30   End:  32.40 / -91.73      

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

Newspaper Clippings

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the January 1973 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 38 mile path.
  • Storm Data has a 35 mile path.
  • Grazulis has a 10 mile path.

Width:

  • SPC/NCDC have a width of 73 yards.
  • Storm Data has a range of widths from 50-100 yards.
  • Grazulis lists a 70 yard width.

Rating:

  • SPC/NCDC have an F3 rating.
  • Grazulis has an F2 rating.

Parishes in Path:

  • SPC/NCDC list Caldwell and Richland in the path.
  • Storm Data includes Ouachita.
  • Grazulis only has Caldwell in the path.

    Sources:

    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    January 1973 Storm Data Publication973 

    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 1133.

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