SPC Stats

Path length: 23.1 miles

Width:  300 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  7

Rating:  F3

County:  Nodaway, Worth, Harrison

Two tornadoes are found in the SPC database for October 8, 1958:  An F2 in Illinois and the topic of our summary, an F3 that traveled through parts of Nodaway, Worth and Harrison Counties.  This was a fairly long track tornado.  SPC has a path of 23.1 miles.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes has a slightly longer path at 35 miles.  

When I plotted the official SPC coordinates, the track started in eastern Nodaway County south of Parnell and extended through much of southern Worth County.  The ending lat/lon did not go into Harrison County.  It stopped just shy of the border.  Per Storm Data, the path continued to Eagleville which is in Harrison County.  That is all reflected in the track map below.

Per an article in The Maryville Daily Forum from October 10, 1958, 67 farmsteads and extensive damage in Nodaway and Worth Counties.  33 homes in the two counties were destroyed/damaged.  Twelve of the homes were located in the southern part of Parnell.  I could not find any damage information for the Eagleville area.

7 injuries and 2 fatalities were reported.  It was reported in several newspapers that Mrs. Frank Porter (Shirley) died in her farm home SE of Grant City.  Here is a clip from the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune:

Also near Grant City, a pickup truck was hurled into a ditch.  Pete Auten and three other members of his family suffered injuries.  Mr. Auten died 2 days later.

Storm Data Entry

Tornado began near Pickering and continued eastward to near Grant City and on to near Eagleville.  Several sets of farm buildings destroyed. 1 woman killed when her farm home demolished. Pickup truck with several persons aboard hurled into ditch near Grant City.  Heavy rains dropped from 2.50 to 6.00 inches and hail size of golf balls along storm path. Several roads impassable and many phone and power lines downed.

Tornado Path

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The path in green shows the SPC coordinates:  Start: 40.42 / -94.63      End: 40.45 / -94.22

Storm Data states the tornado moved to Eagleville. 

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 October 1959 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Note:  The NCDC entries for this event are not correct at all.  The lat/lon coordinates are off, they only have data for Nodaway and Harrison Counties and that data is incomplete. 

Path Length:

  • SPC has a 23.1 mile path length.
  • CDNS has a length at 26 miles.
  • Grazulis has a length at 35 miles.

Width:

  • CDNS has a range of width from 300 to 700 yards.
  • SPC and Grazulis have a width at 300 yards.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1958 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 1017.

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