Path length: 34 miles
Width: 440 yards
County: Marion, Baxter
There were 4 tornadoes on November 18, 1985. The strongest was an F3 that moved through during the late evening through parts of Marion and Baxter Counties in Arkansas. It traveled a good 34 miles causing damage from the community of Ralph to Rea Valley to the SE part of Mountain Home to the north side of Norfolk Lake. Storm Data states that 143 homes, 25 mobile homes, 7 businesses, 3 churches, 1 junior high and the County Fairgrounds all had some damage. There were 3 fatalities in Marion County. Here is a clip from the November 20, 1985 edition of the Baxter Bulletin:
Storm Data Entry
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the November 1985 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- Grazulis has a width of 400 yards.
- Remaining sources have a width of 440 yards.
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1271.
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