SPC Stats

Path length: 0.1 miles

Width:  10 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F2

County:  Augusta

There was one tornado confirmed on November 29, 1963.  It was a small, quick-hitting twister that hit on a Friday afternoon just east of Stuarts Draft, VA. The Storm Data Narrative stated it developed “on the road leading to Sherando about 10 miles southeast of Staunton.”  A new house under construction was nearly leveled.  Portions of the roof was carried 75 feet. Two other roofs of two others homes were torn away.  There was damage to a few outbuildings and trees were uprooted. 

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates (Only one point since the path is short):  Start: 38.03 / -79.02 

Corrected coordinates based on Storm Data and Grazulis:

Start:  38.030526/-78.989462      End: 38.037854/-78.972198 

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 November 1963 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • The Storm Data entry has an unknown path length.  
  • SPC has a length at 0.1 miles, NCDC lists 0 miles
  • Grazulis lists 1 mile.

Path Length:

  • The Storm Data entry has an unknown width.  
  • Usually when that happens, the SPC database will list a width of 10 yards and NCDC will list a width of 33 yards.  That is the case here.
  • Grazulis leaves this portion blank.

Start time:

  • SPC/NCDC have a start time at 13:30 CST (14:30 EST). 
  • Storm Data and Grazulis have a start time of 1415 EST.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      November 1963 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 1049.

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