Path length: 48 miles

Width:  150 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  26

Rating:  F4

County:  Burleigh, Kidder

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 47.05 / -100.50   End:  47.20 / -99.50  

Used NCDC county coordinates as well.

All sources state the tornado went right through Tuttle, plot a bit off.


This tornado began approximately 12 miles southwest of Wing and moved northeast through the Tuttle area. A Red Cross survey stated that eight homes were demolished and more than 200 had a varying degree of damage. Throughout Burleigh and Kidder Counties, at least another 600 other buildings suffered damage. This twister was described on the Climatological Data National Summary as the “worst storm to hit that area.” Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, railroad cars were thrown and rolled 600 yards.

Louis Olson, 70, was killed at his farm. Other members of his family had made it safely to the basement but he had not. His home was reportedly lifted from the foundation and dropped 200 feet away.

In Loving Memory

Louis Olson, 70

Newspaper Clippings


We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the June 1952 Climatological Data National Summary and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 48 mile path length.
  • CDNS has 50 miles.  This includes the tornado and wind damage.
  • Grazulis has a 35 miles path length.

Max Width:

  • SPC/NCDC has 150 yard width.
  • Grazulis has 300 yard width.
  • CDNS lists 5 miles but that has to include the wind as well.


  • CDNS has 2 injuries.
  • Remaining sources list 26 injuries.


      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      July 1952 Climatological Data National Summary

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 965.

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