SPC Stats

Path length: 40 miles

Width:  1760 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  20

Rating:  F4

County:  Smith, Jasper, Newton

There were 6-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.  3 houses and 4 mobile homes were destroyed.  In Newton County, 1 mobile home and 1 commercial buildings 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 1 mile.  

Storm Data Entry

The tornado initially touched down 2 miles southeast of Mize and moved northeast through the Sylvarena community.  The tornado then moved into Jasper County at 0044 CST, 2 miles north of the town of Ted. It continued across the northeast corner of Jasper County through Bienville National Forest and crossed into Smith County four miles northwest of Baxter at 0103 CST.  The tornado lifted on the southern city limits of Newton at 0114 CST.

This was an extremely large and intense tornado that fortunately moved through mainly uninhabited areas.  In Smith County, 15 people were injured within Sylvarena.  Over 90 homes were destroyed and 1 large church was demolished. Within Jasper County, 3 houses and 4 mobile homes were destroyed and 21 houses and 2 mobile homes were damaged. In Newton County, 6 homes were damaged, 1 mobile home was destroyed, and 1 commercial building was destroyed. Timber loss was well into the millions of dollars, mainly through the National Forest.

Tornado Path

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

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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