Path length: 15 miles
Width: 100 yards
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.
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.
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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