Path length: 0.5 miles
Width: 30 yards
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Database lists 3 tornadoes on October 22, 1972. We look at one of those in this summary. It was given a rating of F3. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes believes the damage was more in the F2 range. That was just one discrepancy with this event.
This tornado occurred during a Sunday morning but there are differences on what time it exactly hit. The SPC lists a time of 8:00 CST while NCDC lists 9:00 CDT. Storm Data just says “morning”. Grazulis lists 0300 Local Standard Time. An article in The Marshall News Messenger on October 23, 1972 says the tornado “first touched down” at 6:20am.
In this same newspaper, they state the tornado had a path of about 10 miles. Officially though, the path is listed at only 1/2 mile.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1972 Storm Data Publication, the Marshal News Messenger and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- Grazulis has a rating of F2.
- SPC/NCDC list the rating as F3.
- Grazulis/Storm Data/SPC have a 1/2 mile path.
- The Marshall News Messenger reports a 10-mile path
- When you plot the damage reported in the paper, you get a 3-mile path.
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