Path length: 8.8 miles
Width: 880 yards
Per the SPC Tornado Database, there were 35 tornadoes on June 21, 1981. They were spread across the country, from Florida to Pennsylvania over to Kansas and Nebraska. One of the strongest was an F3 in Schuyler County, IL.
In the SPC Database, this tornado is listed with an 8.8 mile path passing through parts of Schuyler County. Most of the impacts were in the towns of Littleton and Ray. The Storm Data Narrative and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes indicate this was one of a family of tornadoes that covered much more ground. Storm Data has a path of 80 miles across 5 Illinois Counties while Grazulis lists a path of 50 miles in Hancock and Schuyler Counties.
The focus of this summary will be on the tornado impacts in Schuyler County. Half of the buildings and homes in Littleton were damaged/destroyed. There was 1 fatality. A man was struck by a beam as he was leaving his mobile home.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the June 1981 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have an 8.8 mile path length.
- Storm Data has an 80 mile path. They indicate more than one tornado across 5 counties.
- Grazulis indicates a skipping path of 50 miles and a family of tornadoes.
- Grazulis has a width of 800 yards.
- Remaining sources list the width at 880 yards.
- SPC/NCDC list Schuyler County only
- Grazulis has Hancock and Schuyler County.
- Storm Data has Hancock, Schuyler, Fulton, Mason and Menard in their entry.
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