SPC Stats

Path length: 28.7 miles

Width:  200 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  2

Rating:  F3

County:  Russell, Lincoln, Mitchell

A total of 15 are found in the SPC Database for October 29, 1956.  Most occurred in Kansas and Nebraska.  We look at one of the Kansas tornadoes in this summary.  It was given a rating of F3 and traveled through parts of Russell, Lincoln and Mitchell Counties.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes stated it was a skipping path.  The tornado began 4 miles west of Dorrance and traveled NNE ending near Hunter.  3 homes and many barns and sheds were “demolished”.  An airplane and hangar was destroyed west of Dorrance.  There were no fatalities and 2 injuries.  The injuries occurred to Mrs. Delmar Gier and her 4-week-old baby.  She was feeding the baby when the twister hit their two-story home.  Mom and baby were thrown out of the house into a field 50-60 feet away.  They suffered only cuts and bruises.  

Storm Data Entry

Tornado moving north-northeastward left path of damage from 4 miles west of Dorrance where it hit at about 9pm to 4 mile SW of Lucas about 920pm to 7 miles NE of Lucan in Lincoln about 925pm and ended in SW Mitchell County with last damage near Hunter.  

Deafening and quite prolonged roar attended storm’s passage.  3 homes and large number of barns and sheds utterly demolished, while others damaged more or less.  West of Dorrance, large dairy hit and barn unroofed, machine shed of cement blocks and an airplane and hangar destroyed, with damage of $20,000.  

Most of the buildings damaged had been rebuilt after severe windstorm or tornado in 1951.  Newly-completed brick home received only minor damage, but inmates said the during passage of storm pressure on they ear drums terrific.  Wreckage of houses, barns, sheds, trees, fences, telephone and power lines, and farm machinery marked path of tornado as it swept northward.

Near its northern end, farm home utterly demolished and blown away and with it a mother and a baby blown some 60 feet into field, but with scratches and bruises only.  A number of farm animals killed and at some place debris scattered widely over fields.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 38.85 / -98.62      End: 39.23 / -98.42

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 1956 Climatological Data National Summary and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 28.7 mile path length.
  • CDNS has a 25 mile path.
  • Grazulis has a skipping 25 mile path.

Width:

  • CDNS has a range of width from 100-300 yards.
  • Remaining source have a 200 yard width.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1956 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 999.

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