SPC Stats

Path length: 8.7 miles

Width:  700 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  6

Rating:  F4

County:  Sedgwick

10 tornadoes were confirmed on June 23, 1969.  6 were in Texas and Oklahoma.  An F1 briefly hit Wallowa County, OR.  The strongest of the day was an F4.  It crossed through parts of Sedgwick County, KS.  The SPC Tornado Database has the path length listed as 8.7 miles. The Storm Data entry has the length a little longer at 12 miles.  The tornado began 12 miles west of the Wichita Airport and lifted 5 miles SW of the airport. A pickup truck at one of several destroyed homes was tossed 300 yards.  Per Thomas Grazulis, one farm house was picked up and “scattered across the prairie.” 

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 37.65 / -97.65   End:  37.60 / -97.50      

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 June 1969 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 8.7 mile path length.
  • Grazulis/Storm Data have the length at 12 miles.

Width:

  • SPC/NCDC list a 700 yard width.
  • Grazulis has a 400 yard width.
  • Storm Data gives a range of widths of 1/4-1/2 mile.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      June 1969 Storm Data Publication

      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 1105.

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