SPC Stats

Path length: 17.7 miles

Width:  10 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  9

Rating:  F4

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.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 33.35 / -93.25      End: 33.52 / -93.02

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 December 1957 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 17.7 mile path length.
  • Grazulis and CDNS have a length at 15 miles.

Width:

  • 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.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      December 1957 Climatological Data National Summary

      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 1013.

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