Path length: 6.3 miles

Width:  900 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  2

Rating:  F4

County:  Atchison, MO / Page, IA

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 40.55 / -95.38   End:  40.62 / -95.27      

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


Per the SPC, 9 tornadoes occurred on April 5, 1954 all in KS, MO and IA. The strongest for the day was given a rating of F4.   Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes has a rating of F3 and notes there was “near-F4 damage”.   This tornado developed about 2 miles NW of Westboro, MO and moved to near Northboro, IA.  The Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) states this was the first in a family of 4 tornadoes.  Grazulis mentions this was possibly a “twin tornado”.  CDNS states this as well: “2 funnels seen in close proximity at time of strike.”

In Atchison County, 4 homes were destroyed, 4 damaged. 25 outbuildings were destroyed, 40 damaged.  Crops and small trees were uprooted and up to 2 inches of topsoil was removed along the tornado path.  Grazulis adds that in Missouri, 2 people were injured in the destroyed homes.  A pickup truck was carried and rolled for 300 yards.  He states that in Iowa, three homes were destroyed NW of Blanchard.

Newspaper Clippings


We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the April 1954 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:


  • SPC/NCDC list a width of 900 yards.
  • CDNS has a range of widths from 500-900 yards.
  • Grazulis has a width of 500 yards.

Path length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a path length of 6.3 miles.
  • CDNS has a 5 mile path in Atchison County (MO) but not length in Page County (IA). 
  • Grazulis has a path length of 8 miles.


  • Grazulis has a rating of F3 not F4 for this tornado.  He mentions “near-F4 damage” to farms and other homes.


    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    April 1954 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 977.

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