SPC Stats

Path length: 40 miles

Width:  1760 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  20

Rating:  F4

County:  Smith, Jasper, Newton

There were six-F4 tornadoes during the massive November 21-23, 1992 tornado outbreak. This summary looks at one of those out of Mississippi. This was an early morning tornado that traveled 40 miles through parts of Smith, Jasper and Newton Counties.

It began SE of Mize and moved NE through the Sylvarena community. 90 homes were destroyed. The First Baptist Church, which had been scheduled to celebrate its 125th anniversary on November 22 was demolished!  

Other damage was recorded in Jasper County.  Three houses and four mobile homes were destroyed. 21 houses and two mobile homes were damaged.  In Newton County, one mobile home and one commercial building was destroyed. For a lot of the path, this tornado moved through mainly uninhabited area. Millions of dollars worth of timber loss was reported in the Bienville National Forest. 

This tornado had a width at times of close to one mile.  

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 31.85 / -89.52     End: 32.32 / -89.17

Corrected Coordinates based on Storm Data:

Start:  31.849563/-89.535874     End: 32.303398/-89.166858

Veer in path: 32.067581/-89.328155

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 1992 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Width:

  • Grazulis lists a width of 1500 yards.
  • Remaining sources have a width of 1760 yards.

Rating:

  • Grazulis lists an F3 rating.
  • Remaining sources have an F4 rating.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      November 1992 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 1342.

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