SPC Stats

Path length: 5.9 miles

Width:  10 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F2

County:  Stearns

Per Storm Data, this tornado developed in the midst of storms that rolled across several Oklahoma counties. It started in the extreme NE corner of Kingfisher County and moved into South Central Garfield County. The tornado mainly stayed in rural areas. At the beginning of the path, the tornado hit a farm seven miles WSW of Marshall.  A large barn “exploded”.  Nine other farm buildings were destroyed along the rest of the path. 12 cattle were injured. Unfortunately, I could find no newspaper articles about this event.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 36.17 / -97.72      End: 36.23 / -97.65

Corrected coordinates based on description in Storm Data:

Start:  36.139121/-97.751424       End: 36.197537-97.673608.

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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