SPC Stats

Path length: 5.9 miles

Width:  10 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F2

County:  Stearns

This F2 had a skipping path of about 5 miles.  Per Storm Data, it started in the extreme NE corner of Kingfisher County and moved into So Central Garfield County.  The tornado mainly stayed in rural areas.  At the beginning of the path, the tornado hit a farm 7 miles WSW of Marshall.  A large barn “exploded”.  9 other farm buildings were destroyed along the rest of the path.  12 cattle were injured.  The SPC coordinates are incorrect. The plot is in Garfield County only.  It should begin in Kingfisher County at least 7 miles WSW of Marshall.  I have extended the path into Kingfisher County with a point about 7 miles WSW of Marshall where the first damage was observed. Unfortunately, I could find no newspaper articles about this event.

Storm Data Entry

Heavy thunderstorms moved northeast across the counties with intense rain and some hail accompanying a tornado that skipped across eight farms along a five-mile path from the extreme northeast corner of Kingfisher County into the south-central part of Garfield County.  Tornado first hit a farm seven miles west-southwest of Marshall where a large barn was exploded. The continuing path of damage included nine other farm buildings destroyed, 11 buildings heavily damaged, 12 cattle injured, fences damaged, many windows broken and roofs damaged.  An oil field truck was overturned at one farm where hail up to one-inch size was piled and washed hip-deep. A half-mile of dual power transmission lines were downed when the poles were broken and twisted off just above the ground. One farmer reported an unofficial measurement of 2.7 inches of rain which fell in 15 minutes.  Some winter wheat in the area ready for grazing was damaged by hail. Tornado damage about 90 percent of total and 10 percent from hail.

Tornado Path

The path in black shows the SPC coordinates:  Start: 36.17 / -97.72      End: 36.23 / -97.65

This officially plots the entire path in Garfield County.  Storm Data stated that the path began in the far NE corner of Kingfisher County.  I have extended the path south a bit to include that fact.  

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

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1963 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 5.9 mile path length.
  • Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 5 miles.

Width:

  • SPC has a 10 yard width.
  • NCDC has a 33 yard width.
  • Storm Data has a 1/2 mile width.
  • Grazulis has a width of 800 yards.

Counties:

  • NCDC has Kingfisher County only.
  • Remaining sources have Kingfisher and Garfield County in the path.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1963 Storm Data Publication

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1049.

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