Path length: 15 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F3

County:  Sumner

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 36.47 / -86.65   End:  36.55 / -86.40      

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


This summary looks at a tornado that moved 15 miles through parts of Sumner County, TN, on February 27, 1956.  It was the strongest of three that were confirmed on this day.  It moved to the northeast.  Per the Climatological Data National Summary, “most damage occurred in a triangular sector between Portland, Gallatin, and White House.”  Other communities with damage:  Cherry Mount, Corinth, Clear View, New Deal, and Oak Grove.  Two homes and several barns were destroyed. There were four injuries.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes rates this tornado F2 while the SPC has an F3 rating.  

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We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the February 1956 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:


  • SPC/NCDC have an F2 rating.
  • Grazulis has an F3 rating.


    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    February 1956 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 992.

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