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Overview

The tornado event on June 27, 1955 followed torrential rains from the previous day on June 26th across the Nebraska Panhandle. High Temperatures for the day reached about 80 degrees and culumus clouds began to develop by the 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, Ne along the Wy/Ne state line, down the North Platte River Valley to about 8 miles east of Scottsbluff. This path was over 30 miles in length once the tornado dissipated.