SPC Stats

Path length: 4.7 miles

Width:  400 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  41

Rating:  F2

County:  Maricopa

There are 2 tornadoes that are a part of the SPC Database for August 30, 1971.  One in Whitman County, WA and an F2 in Maricopa County, AZ near the Tempe and Mesa areas.  That is the topic of this summary.

Storm Data states that the tornado lasted only 10 minutes and traveled about 5 miles.  It began in an unpopulated area of south Tempe.  As it moved northeast into a more populated area, there was considerable damage to homes, utilities and trees.  I found several newspaper articles showing tremendous damage to trailers at the Holiday Village Mobile Home Court. There were 41 injuries, mainly minor.  Folks were hit by flying glass.  There are no fatalities attributed to this tornado but there was a man who died of a heart attack during the storm.  

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 33.37 / -111.92   End:  33.42 / -111.87      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings


We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases and the August 1971 Storm Data Publication and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 4.7 mile path length.
  • Storm Data has a length at 5 miles.

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