Significant Tornadoes 1880-1949 (reference: Significant Tornadoes, 1880-1989 Volume II: A Chronology of Events by Thomas P. Grazulis)

Date Time (LST) State, County F-scale Length (mi.) Width (yd)

Deaths

Inj.

May 20, 1880 1400 IL, Jackson 2     0  
  Struck south edge of Carbondale
Apr 22, 1882 2000 IL, White 2 5 125 0 3
  West of Carmi
Nov 21, 1883 0700 MO, Mississippi 2     2 4
  Near Bertrand
Mar 11, 1884   IL, Saline 2        
  Near "Whiteside"
Nov 6, 1885 1600 KY, Caldwell and Hopkins 2 4 400 1 8
  3 miles northwest of Dawson
Nov 6, 1885 1645 IL, White 3 14 200 1 15
  From SE of Sacramento to 3 mi. N of Carmi
Apr 14, 1886 2100 MO, Scott 2     3 2
  Near Blodgett
Apr 22, 1887 1800 IL, Wabash,  IN, Gibson and Pike 4 30 200 5 15
  Struck northern Mt. Carmel, IL moved along the White River in IN
Apr 23, 1887 1100 IN, Vanderburgh 2   35 0 0
  just SE of Evansville, on the Ohio River
Jun 3, 1887   IL, Gallatin 1     3 0
  5 miles north of the mouth of the Wabash River, at Old Shawneetown
Feb 19, 1888   IN, Spencer 3 20   0 1
  Skipped from Luce Twp. to NW of Dale
Feb 19, 1888 1430 MO, Wayne 2 8 200    
  near Piedmont
Feb 19, 1888 1525 IL, Perry 3 40 125 0 2
  Began in Ste. Genevieve Co., MO and ended 4 mi. NE of Pinckneyville
Feb 19, 1888 1630 IL, Jefferson 4 20 400 24 80
  Southeast half of Mt. Vernon destroyed, 300 homes and 50 businesses destroyed or damaged
Feb 19, 1888 2000 KY, Christian 2        
  At La Fayette
Feb 24, 1888 1500 IN, Vanderburgh and Gibson 2 6 300 0 5
  From just S of Haubstadt to 4 mi. E of Fort Branch
Apr 22, 1888 1700 IL, Perry 2 3   0 3
  Struck south edge of DuQuoin
Jan 12, 1890 1700 MO, Mississippi and New Madrid, KY, Hickman 4 25 300 11 53
  Moved from NE of New Madrid, MO to Clinton, KY.
Jan 12, 1890 1800 MO, Mississippi and KY, Ballard 2 7   0 8
  Moved through Wickliffe, KY
Mar 27, 1890 1500 MO, Perry, IL, Jackson and Perry 2 33 150 3 25
  Began SW of Rockwood, IL and ended east of Sunfield.
Mar 27, 1890 1620 MO, Cape Girardeau and Perry, IL, Jackson 4 30 400 7 80
  Moved NE from near Shawneetown, ending north of Carbondale.
Mar 27, 1890 1625 MO, Mississippi, KY, Ballard 3 20 400 4 5
  Moved from SE side of Charleston to south of Birds Point.
Mar 27, 1890 1630 IL, Alexander 2        
  Passed 2 mi. S of Wheatland.
Mar 27, 1890 1645 MO, Scott, IL, Alexander, Union, Johnson, Williamson 4 55 800 2 30
  Moved from NW of Thebes to Stonefort.
Mar 27, 1890 1715 IL, Perry and Jefferson 3 40 500 2 50
  Began 1 mi. W of Sparta and ended ENE of Nashville.
Mar 27, 1890 1715 KY, McCracken, IL, Massac, Pope, KY, Livingston, Crittenden, Webster, Mclean, Daviess 4 95 400 21 200
  Likely a family of tornadoes. Struck Metropolis, IL, moved through Sheridan, KY, then across Webster County from Blackford to Dixon. Event ended at West Louisville in Daviess County.
Mar 27, 1890 1800 KY, Marshall and Lyon 4 25 400 7 50
  Moved from 5 mi. NW of Benton to near Eddyville. Crossed the Tennessee River and struck Grand Rivers.
Mar 27, 1890 1800 IL, Wayne 2 10   0 10
  Moved from 7 mi. SW of Xenia to 5 mi. E of Xenia.
Mar 27, 1890 1800 IL, White 2 5   1 10
  From 1 mi. W of Carmi to near Grossville
Mar 27, 1890 1900 KY, Daviess 2 10   2 15
  Moved from S of Knottsville to N or Patesville (Hancock Co.).
Mar 27, 1890 1900 KY, Trigg and Christian 2 10   0 8
  Moved from Caledonia to 4 mi. W of Hopkinsville.
Mar 27, 1890 2000 IN, Posey and Gibson 3 25   0 10
  Moved from S of New Harmony to 5 mi. S of Princeton.
Apr 1, 1892 1635 IL, Wayne 2 5 400 0  
  at Barnhill.
Mar 23, 1893 1750 KY, Calloway 2 6   1  
  at Murray
Mar 23, 1893 1915 KY, Christian 2        
  at and near Pembroke
Mar 23, 1893 1915 KY, Union 2 5   0  
  5 mi. S of Morganfield and near Boxville.
Mar 23, 1893 1915 KY, Daviess and IN, Spencer 2        
  Passed 9 mi. W of Owensboro
Sep 12, 1894 1500 MO, Mississippi 2 1 50 2 2
   
May 17, 1896 0045 KY, Graves and Marshall 2 8 70 5 0
  Moved SE across the NE corner of Graves County
May 27, 1896 1820 IL, Jefferson 4 23 1000 14 50
  Began near New Minden and ended near Irvington in NW corner of Jefferson Co.
May 27, 1896 2030 IL, Jefferson 3 20 400 3  
  Moved from NW of Nashville to 5 mi. N of Mt. Vernon.
Jun 27, 1896 1430 KY, Daviess 2 9 30 1 1
  at West Louisville
Nov 8, 1897 1900 KY, Graves 2 11 200 0 11
  Moved from near Fancy Farm to near Boaz.
Jan 9, 1898 1550 KY, Union 2 2 25 1 15
  Moved from 2 mi. W of Morganfield into downtown.
Mar 9, 1901 2200 KY, Hickman and Graves 2 20   0 5
  Skipped ENE from Clinton to N of Mayfield
Mar 10, 1901   IN, Posey 2        
  near Princeton
Feb 7, 1904 0200 IL, Pulaski 2 2   0 0
  Moved from 9 mi. N of Cairo to 2 mi. E of Villa Ridge.
Mar 25, 1904 1900 MO, New Madrid 4 20 200 7 30
  Moved NE from NW Pemiscot Co. Passed north of Portageville.
Apr 8, 1906 1400 MO, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau 2 12 200 0 0
  Began 4 mi. E of Marble Hill and moved NE.
Apr 8, 1906 1745 IL, Union and Jackson 2 5   0 6
  Moved NE between Cobden and Makanda.
Jun 7, 1907 1800 IL, Perry 3 3   0 8
  Moved SE across DuQuoin.
Feb 23, 1909 0230 IN, Vanderburgh 2 1 150 0 0
  near Erskine
Apr 6, 1909 0540 IL, Williamson 2 8   2  
  Moved NE from just NE of Marion through Pittsburg.
Apr 6, 1909 1600 KY, Calloway 2     1 1
  5 mi. E of Murray.
Apr 29, 1909 1900 IL, Saline and Gallatin 4 8 200 5 6
  Moved NE from N of Eldorado to NW Gallatin Co. Passed near Texas City
Nov 22, 1909 1100 MO, Stoddard 2 5 100 0 5
  Moved E from near Dexter to north edge of Essex.
Apr 14, 1910 2315 KY, Trigg and Christian 2 3   0 0
  at Gracey
Jun 17, 1911 1530 IN, Posey 2     1 1
  6 mi E of Mt. Vernon.
Apr 21, 1912 1805 IL, Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin 4 20 400 11 83
  Moved ENE from 3 mi. N of Murphysboro. 7 deaths in Bush. Farm house swept away 6 mi. N of Herrin.
Apr 21, 1912 1910 IL, Perry 2 8 70 3 23
  Moved NE from 5 mi. SW of Willisville to SE edge of town.
Apr 21, 1912 2030 IL, Hamilton 2 7 200 1 8
  Moved NE from 6 mi. SW to 2 mi. NE of Dale, passing just south of town.
Apr 26, 1912 1345 IL, Jackson 2 7 100 1 3
  Moved from 4 mi. WSW of Carbondale across the S and SE edge of town.
Mar 13, 1913   IN, Pike 2       7
  1 mi. E of Petersburg
Mar 24, 1913 1910 IL, Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin 2 25   3 10
  Moved from 2 mi. W of Makanda to W of West Frankfort.
Mar 25, 1913 0610 KY, McCracken 2 3   0 15
  at Paducah
Jun 5, 1916 1930 MO, Stoddard 3 7   7 20
  Moved from 4 mi. W of Dexter to 3 mi. W of Bloomfield.
Jun 5, 1916 1930 MO, Ripley 2 45   1 10
  Began 2 mi W of Imboden in Arkansas. Barns destroyed near Poynor and Flatwoods.
Jun 5, 1916 2130 MO, Stoddard, New Madrid, Scott 3 8   7 17
  Moved NNE from SSW of Morehouse. Three homes swept away 8 mi. SW of Sikeston. May have extended to Kelso.
Jun 5, 1916 2200 MO, Scott IL, Alexander 3 30 200 5 60
  Moved NNE from 2 mi. E of Sikeston, passing just S of Commerce, to Fayville, IL. Most of Blodgett torn apart.
Jun 6, 1916 1730 MO, Scott 2     0 3
  Moved NW, destroying small homes and a school in the Vanduser area.
Jun 20, 1916 2300 IL, Wabash 2 8 75 2 3
  8 mi N of Mt. Carmel
Dec 4, 1916 1430 KY, Mclean 2 3 100 0 5
  Moved NE from 3 mi. S of Calhoun.
Dec 4, 1916 1500 IN, Gibson, Pike 3 14 200 0 2
  Moved ENE from 5 mi. SE of Haubstadt 8 mi NE of Mackey.
Mar 23, 1917 1230 IL, Johnson 2 4 100 0 1
  Moved NE from 2 mi. NW of Vienna.
May 21, 1917 1515 IL, Hamilton, White 2 15   0 1
  Moved NE across Mcleansboro.
May, 27, 1917 1530 KY, Carlisle 2   100 3 35
  Moved ENE through Bardwell.
May 27, 1917 1600 KY, Fulton, Hickman, Graves 4 50 800 67 345
  Originated in NW corner of Lake Co., TN. 42 killed in Fulton County, 18 killed in Hickman Co., mostly in SE part of Clinton. Five killed near Dublin in Graves Co.
May 27, 1917 1700 MO, Perry IL, Perry 3 25 200 1 25
  Moved NE from 5 mi. S of St. Marys.
May 27, 1917 1830 IL, Jackson 2     0 0
  Moved NE along SE edge of Hallidayboro.
May 30, 1917 1700 MO, Carter, Wayne, Bollinger 4 50 400 18 200
  Northern-most of a pair of deadly tornadoes. Began in extreme SE Carter Co. and ended near Drum. Town of Dongola in Bollinger Co. levelled, killing 7. Many homes swept away at southern edge of Zalma, killing 9.
May 30, 1917 1700 MO, Carter, Butler, Wayne, Bollinger 3 50 400 8 10
  Began in SE Carter Co. and moved ENE about 4 mi. S of previous event. Passed about 5 mi. NW of Hendrickson. A few miles ENE of Arab, a single 1.5-mile wide track is listed instead of 2 distinct tracks.
May 30, 1917 1800 MO, Stoddard, Scott 3 32 200 6 25
  Began west of Acorn Ridge, moved ENE, and dissipated near Oran.
May 30, 1917 1815 MO, Scott 2 10   0 10
  Moved ENE from Crowder to just S of Blodgett.
May 30, 1917 1830 MO, Carter 2     0 0
  Moved NE from 3 mi S of Winona, Shannon Co.
Jun 1, 1917 0630 KY, Graves 2 5   0 11
  Moved E through Viola.
Jun 1, 1917 1530 KY, Hopkins 2     0 0
  near Earlington
Jun 6, 1917 1700 KY, Muhlenberg 2 17 75 7 30
  Moved E from 2 mi. N of Greenville to SE of Rochester
Apr 2, 1918 1830 MO, Stoddard 2 3 600 3 5
  Moved ENE near Hunterville and Grayridge.
May 12, 1918 1204 IL, Pope, Saline 3     1 17
  Moved NE in nrn Pope Co. and SE corner of Saline Co.
Mar 11, 1923 1945 MO, Cape Girardeau 2 6 225 0 2
  Moved N across Jackson
Mar 11, 1923 2045 IL, Gallatin 2 20   0 0
  Skipped NE from SW corner of county.
Feb 4, 1924 1515 IN, Gibson 3 11 200 0 0
  Moved erratically N and NE from 2 mi SE of Haubstadt.
Mar 28, 1924 2100 KY, McCracken 2 6   0 2
  Moved E from Lamont to west edge of Paducah.
Mar 18, 1925 1301 MO, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, IL, Jackson, Williamson, Franklin, Hamilton, White, IN, Posey, Gibson, Pike 5 219 1200 695 2027
  Began NNW of Ellington, MO and ended about 10 mi. NE of Princeton, IN. Largest single-city tornado disaster in U.S. history. Set many records for tornado characteristics.
Dec 4, 1925 0930 KY, Marshall, Lyon, Caldwell 2 23   0 5
  Gilbertsville to near Eddyville and Princeton.
Dec 4, 1925 0950 KY, Calloway, Marshall 3 16   2 1
  Moved NE from NW Calloway Co. Two killed at home near Hardin.
May 9, 1927 1435 MO, Ripley, Butler 4 60 600 98 300
  Began on north side of Imboden, AR and crossed into MO east of Currentview. Ended just after killing at least 83 people in Poplar Bluff.
May 9, 1927 1655 IL, Williamson, Franklin 3 16 400 0 21
  Moved NE from 1 mi SW of Carterville, passing through Herrin and ending near West Frankfort.
May 9, 1927 1830 KY, McCracken, IL, Massac 2 10 600 6 20
  Moved NE, crossing Ohio River 6 mi. NW of Joppa, passing near Hillerman, Mermet, and through New Columbia, ending east of Samoth
May 13, 1927 1600 IN, Pike 2 1 100 0 0
  Moved NE through Cato.
Sep 29, 1927 1600 MO, Butler 2 30 400 0 11
  Skipped NE from west of Corning, AR to Broseley, MO
May 25, 1928 1430 IN, Posey 2 1 50 0 0
  Moved SE, 2 mi. SE of Stewartsville
Jun 18, 1928 0040 IN, Gibson 2 7 25 0 0
  Moved ENE from S of Owensville to north edge of Ft. Branch
Oct 16, 1928 1330 IN, Posey 3 12 100 0 1
  Moved NE near Blairsville. Passed just west of St. Wendel.
Jan 18, 1929 1120 IL, Saline, Gallatin, White, IN, Posey, Gibson 2 70   3 30
  Family of tornadoes. Moved NE from near Texas City through Maunie, IL to south edge of Ft. Branch, IN
Jan 18, 1929 1130 MO, Scott 3 4 70 3 6
  Moved NE from 4 mi. S of Benton.
Jan 18, 1929 1200 IL, Johnson 2 3   1 0
  SW of Goreville at "Buffalo Gap"
Jan 18, 1929 1300 IL, White 2     0 0
  SE of Norris to 3 mi E of Carmi
Jan 18, 1929 1415 IN, Gibson and Pike 2 20   0 0
  Skipped ENE from 3 mi W of Princeton to 3 mi. S of Petersburg.
Mar 31, 1929 2030 MO, Ripley 2 15 300 0 10
  Moved NE from extreme north Randolph Co., AR to near Poynor to downtown Doniphan
Apr 17, 1930   KY, Henderson 2     0 0
  At Spottsville
Sep 14, 1930 2245 IL, Jefferson 2 1.5 300 0 5
  Moved NE across Mt. Vernon
Sep 14, 1930 2300 IL, Hamilton 2 3 100 0 0
  Moved E across Dahlgren
Mar 21, 1932 1500 IL, Saline 2 6 15 0 0
  Skipped NE from Carrier Mills to 2 mi W of Harrisburg
Mar 21, 1932 1630 IN, Pike 3     0 1
  Moved NNE near Spurgeon
Mar 21, 1932 1815 IN, Vanderburgh 2 1 150 0 0
  NE part of Evansville
Mar 21, 1932 1815 KY, Union 2 0.5 70 2 7
  At Uniontown
May 9, 1933 1800 IL, Hamilton and White 3 8 200 2 3
  Moved ESE from N of Dale to SW of Norris City
May 13, 1933 2000 MO, Ripley 3 8 200 1 3
  Moved NE from N of Currentview, passing between Naylor and Oxly
Mar 25, 1935 1540 IL, Massac 2 10 100 1 34
  Moved ESE from Metropolis to 1 mi W of Brookport, then touched down from 4 mi E of Brookport to near Unionville
Nov 2, 1936 2200 MO, Cape Girardeau 2 4 50 0 1
  Moved NE from 4 mi. SW of Cape Girardeau to edge of town
Feb 8, 1937 1300 MO, Butler 2   200 0 6
  Moved NE at Fagus
Apr 24, 1937 0230 MO, New Madrid 2 35   0 5
  Path skipped from near Holland, AR to near Cape Girardeau
Sep 10, 1937 1545 IN, Pike 2 1 50 0 0
  near Oatsville
Mar 15, 1938 1415 MO, Butler, Wayne, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry  2 75 80 1 8
  Skipped NNE from NE corner Butler County through SE Wayne Co., passing 2 mi. E of Marble Hill and 1 mi E of Millersville to near Altenburg
Mar 15, 1938 1430 MO, Butler 2 5 100 0 5
  passed 2 mi W of Hendrickson
Mar 15, 1938 1630 MO, Mississippi, KY, Hickman, Carlisle 2 14 150 0 2
  Moved NE from near Wolf Island, MO to 3 mi. S of Columbus, KY to 1 mi NW of Arlington
Mar 30, 1938 1950 MO, Butler 4 20 600 4 25
  Moved NE from 3 mi SW of Neelyville to 7 mi SE of Poplar Bluff
Mar 30, 1938 2130 MO, New Madrid 2     0 2
  Moved NE at Gideon (6 mi E of New Madrid)
Mar 30, 1938 2300 IL, Wabash 2 12 200 0 1
  Moved NE near Belmont
Mar 2, 1940 1215 IL, Johnson, Pope 4 12 150 1 8
  Moved NE from 6 mi SE of Vienna to just west of Glendale
Mar 2, 1940 1230 IL, Gallatin 2 3 100 0 3
  Moved NE at Shawneetown
Mar 2, 1940 1340 IN, Vanderburgh 2 8 100 1 19
  Moved ENE across northern Evansville
Mar 2, 1940 1415 IN, Warrick 3 4 50 0 6
  Moved ENE, passing 4 mi NW of Booneville
Apr 30, 1940 1600 MO, Scott 2 8 100 1 7
  Moved NE from SW of Chaffee to near Illmo
Apr 30, 1940 1645 IL, Alexander, Pulaski 4 13 400 1 15
  Moved NE from near Cache across north edge of Mounds
Apr 30, 1940 1715 IL, Massac 2 8 100 0 2
  Moved NE from 3 mi N of Joppa
Apr 30, 1940 1730 MO, Scott, IL, Alexander, Pulaski, Johnson, Massac 2 60   0 7
  Moved NE from 5 mi NW of Sikeston, passing near Blodgett, MO and Olive Branch, IL, then NW of Pulaski, to 1 mi. N of Grand Chain
Apr 30, 1940 1735 MO, Scott, IL, Alexander 2 20 150 1 15
  Moved ENE from WSW of Chaffee, passing near Illmo and near Thebes, IL
Apr 30, 1940 1800 MO, Butler, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi 2 75   5 20
  Family of tornadoes moved ENE from Cane Creek (10 mi W of Poplar Bluff), passing south of Dexter. Very complex damage pattern across Mississippi County, including Wyatt and south of Charleston.
Mar 13, 1942 1900 MO, New Madrid 2   300 0 0
  Moved SE from 6 mi. NW of Morehouse, passing 1 mi N of town
Mar 16, 1942 1740 KY, Muhlenberg 3 10 300 11 50
  Moved ENE from 2 mi SE of Greenville to east of Drakesboro
Apr 14, 1944 2345 IN, Vanderburgh 2     0 0
  West side of Evansville
May 17, 1946 1630 IL, Franklin, Saline, Hamilton, White 3 27 150 1 10
  Moved ENE from 2 mi NW of West End, hitting edge of Norris City
Dec 29, 1946 0015 KY, Christian, Todd 2 1 400 0 6
  Moved E across the "Camp Campbell Military Storage Area," 16 mi S of Hopkinsville
Jan 29, 1947 1800 MO, Carter 4 45 800 1 19
  Moved NE from Fulton Co., AR across Oregon Co., MO to Carter Co. Path was 4 mi SE of Thayer to south of Van Buren
Jun 27, 1947 0845 MO, Butler 2 11 100 0 0
  Skipped NE, passing along edge of Harviell
Feb 14, 1949 2330 MO, Mississippi 2 5 15 0 9
  Moved NE, ending 6 mi NE of Charleston
Feb 15, 1949 0010 IN, Gibson, Pike 2 12 400 0 2
  Moved E from 6 mi ENE of Princeton to edge of Oatsville to near Glezen
Mar 26, 1949 1630 MO, Bollinger 2     0 2
  Moved NE, passing just NW of Lutesville
Mar 26, 1949 1945 KY, Calloway, Marshall 2 6 200 0 2
  Moved NE from SW of Dexter
Mar 26, 1949 2100 KY, Muhlenberg 2     0 2
  Moved NE near Graham
May 19, 1949 1545 MO, Stoddard, New Madrid 2 40   1 60
  Family of small tornadoes moved SE from 3 mi SE of Fisk to near Bernie, Parma, and south of New Madrid
May 21, 1949 1745 MO, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau 3 15 250 1 6
  Moved ENE from 10 mi N of Marble Hill to east of Oak Ridge
May 21, 1949 1855 MO, Cape Girardeau, IL, Alexander 4 10 200 23 130
  Moved NE from 3 mi SW of Cape Girardeau across NW part of the city to extreme NW corner of Alexander Co.
Dec 11, 1949 1545 MO, Butler 4 10 400 6 30
  Moved NE from 5 mi W of Poplar Bluff. Passed near Hillard.

 

 


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