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 Stuart Draft, VA.  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.  

Storm Data Entry

Tornado observed just east of Stuarts Draft on the road leading to Sherando about 10 miles southeast of Staunton.  New house under construction nearly leveled with portions of roof carried 75 feet. Porch and roof of another house torn away.  A few outbuildings and trees were uprooted in immediate vicinity.  At the community of Stuarts Draft, high winds and heavy rains occurred during this time with lightning seen and thunder heard earlier. Some minor wind damage also reported in the western and southwestern counties. 

Tornado Path

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

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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