Path length: 23.1 miles
Width: 300 yards
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:
Storm Data Entry
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.
- SPC has a 23.1 mile path length.
- CDNS has a length at 26 miles.
- Grazulis has a length at 35 miles.
- CDNS has a range of width from 300 to 700 yards.
- SPC and Grazulis have a width at 300 yards.
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