SPC Stats

Path length: 15 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F3

County:  Sumner

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 3 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 communties with damage:  Cherry Mount, Corinth, Clear View, New Deal, and Oak Grove.  Two homes and several barns were destroyed. There were 4 injuries.  Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes rates this tornado F2 while the SPC has an F3 rating.  

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.

Newspaper Clippings


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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