SPC Stats

Path length: 0.3 miles

Width:  400 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  12

Rating:  F2

County:  Lake

This estimated F2 tornado hit the Glen Park suburb of Gary, IN. The path was very short, less than one mile. The width was 400 yards.

Per the Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS), the tornado moved to the NE damaging buildings and bringing down trees. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes adds that the tornado moved mainly at roof-top level. Two homes were completely unroofed, 30 more were damaged.

Per an article in the Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), there were reports of a concrete block radio repair shop that was destroyed.  The back porch of a home was destroyed.  This article also documented the following:

The entire article is included in the newspapers section below.

The Times (Munster, IN) on November 14, 1951 recorded this account of the back porch incident:

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates (only one point since short path):  Start: 41.6 / -87.33

Corrected Coordinates based on Grazulis:

Start:  41.547306/-87.345786      End: 41.556316/-87.330169

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 November 1951 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • Grazulis has a path length of one mile.
  • Remaining sources show a 1/4 mile path.


      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      November 1951 Climatological Data National Summary


      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 961.

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