SPC Stats

Path length: 34.8 miles

Width:  880 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  3

Rating:  F2

County:  Shelby, Rush, Fayette, Union

5 tornadoes are listed in the SPC database for March 11, 1955.  Three were in Indiana and two were in Ohio.   All were given ratings of F2.  This summary looks at one of the Indiana tornadoes.  It formed during the middle of the night and traveled about 40 miles through parts of Shelby, Rush, Fayette and Union Counties.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes notes a skipping path.  The Climatological Data National Summary notes that several boxcars and semi-tractor trucks were pushed over.  Houses and barns were unroofed or destroyed.  There was damage to a church as well.  Per Grazulis, an appliance factory on the north edge of Connersville had $150,000 worth of damage.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 39.67 / -85.67   End:  39.67 / -85.00           

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

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the March 1955 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Width:

  • Grazulis has no width entered.  
  • All other sources lists the max width at 880 yards.

Path Length:

  • SPC has a 34.8 mile path.
  • NCDC doesn’t have an entry for Rush County so can’t calculate the total path using their database.
  • CDNS has a 40 mile path.
  • Grazulis has a skipping 40 mile path.

Injuries:

  • SPC lists 3 injuries.
  • CDNS and Grazulis list 5 injuries.

Counties:

Rush County is not included in the NCDC Database.  It is listed in all other sources and is included when plotting the official path coordinates.

    Sources:

    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    March 1955 Climatological Data National Summary

    newspapers.com

    Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 985.

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