SPC Stats

Path length: 5.1 miles

Width:  1760 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  10

Rating:  F3

County:  Guadalupe

There was one tornado confirmed on December 1, 1953.  It hit south of Seguin, TX.  Per the Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS), 7 homes were destroyed and another 7 were damaged.  Some discrepancies to point out:  SPC has an F3 rating. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes lists an F2 rating.  SPC and CDNS have a 1 mile width while Grazulis has a width of 100 yards.  All sources reported 10 injuries with this event.  Newspaper articles at the time had reports of up to 100 injuries – most of them minor. Only one person had to go to the hospital.  Grazulis also notes this was a “hopping tornado”.  

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 29.5 / -97.93     End: 29.53 / -97.87 

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 December 1953 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 5.1 mile path length.
  • Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 5 miles.

Width:

  • Grazulis has a width at 100 yards.
  • Remaining sources have a width at 1 mile (1760 yards).

Rating:

  • Grazulis has an F2 rating.
  • SPC/NCDC have an F3 rating.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      December 1953 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 975.

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