Path length: 17.7 miles
Width: 10 yards
County: Columbia, Ouachita
The strongest tornado that occurred on December 19, 1957 was later rated F4. It moved through parts of Southern Arkansas from near Waldo and McNeil, northeast to near Stephens and ending NW of Buena Vista. The worst damage was near the beginning of the path. 5 homes and 3 other buildings were destroyed. At the end of the path, a car was picked up and rolled 600 yards. There were 9 injuries and 2 women were killed.
Climatological Data National Summary Entry
Principal damage in Cotton Belt community, between Waldo and McNeil, Columbia County. 5 home destroyed and 5 damaged. 3 other buildings destroyed, 2 persons killed and 9 injured. Tornado moved northeastward.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the December 1957 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have a 17.7 mile path length.
- Grazulis and CDNS have a length at 15 miles.
- SPC has a width of 10 yards and NCDC at 33 yards. They use these values when the width is not known.
- CDNS has no width listed.
- Grazulis has a width of 300 yards.
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1013.
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