National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


The F4 tornado on June 27, 1955 followed torrential rains on June 26 across the Nebraska Panhandle. High temperatures reached about 80 degrees and cumulus clouds began to develop by early afternoon. The situation of this particular day was a rare event that produced the largest and most devastating tornado in western Nebraska. The tornado began along the path from Henry, Nebraska along the Wyoming-Nebraska border, southeast along the North Platte River to about 8 miles east of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. This path was approximately 40 miles when the tornado dissipated.