This summary looks back at an estimated F3 tornado from November 1, 1922.  It crossed through parts of Jasper County, MO and the town of Webb City.  Information for this event came from the following resources:

  • Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes
  • Newspaper articles via newspapers.com

Here are the stats on this event from Thomas Grazulis:

Hit at 0015 local time.  There were 15 injuries and 1 fatality.  The path length was 2 miles and the width 70 yards.  Rating given:  F3.  

Details from Grazulis:

  • Moved NNE.
  • 25 homes at the south edge of Webb City were destroyed, one woman killed here.
  • The funnel lifted over Webb City’s business district and then hit again on the NE edge of town.
  • An eight-room house was nearly leveled in this area.

Additional Details from newspapers:

The woman killed was Mrs. Nancy Frad, 54 years old.  She was found lying on a mattress in a neighbor’s yard 100-200 yards from her destroyed home. Here is a clip from the St. Louis Star and Times on November 1, 1922 followed by another from the St. Louis Dispatch on the same date.

The same St. Louis Star and Times article mentions how the tornado “skipped the business section of Webb City) and then hit again just outside of town.  Trees were downed along with telegraph and telephone poles. There was also tremendous crop damage.

Tornado Path

Since we don’t have official coordinates, I used the information from Thomas Grazulis to map the tornado track.  He stated the tornado moved NNE from the south edge of Webb City, lifted and then hit the NE edge of town.  The path length given was 2 miles.  

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

Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

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 782.

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