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Tornado Track Map for Garfield County, OK
 
Garfield County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  03/17/1905 1700 8 17       Kingfisher/ Garfield SW of Bison
  03/17/1905 1700           Garfield NE of Bison
  03/17/1905 1800 2 200     4 Garfield Near Garber
  03/31/1914 1600         0 Garfield Near Enid
  03/18/1927 1900 35 500   1   Garfield/ Grant/ Kay Near Kremlin - near Tonkawa
  11/19/1930 1000 4 250   0 1 Garfield Near Hillsdale
  01/26/1944 2205       0 0 Garfield unrecorded
  05/02/1944 1800   70   0 0 Garfield 2 S Bison
  03/30/1949 0038 97 300   4 45 Dewey/ Blaine/ Major/ Garfield/ Grant/ Kay 9 SW Canton - Canton - Longdale - 3 NNE Enid - near Hunter - near Blackwell - KS (family?)
Garfield County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/27/1955 2100 0.1 10 F1 0 1 Garfield near Garber
2 04/27/1955 2100 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield near Garber
3 04/02/1956 1945 18 100 F2 0 4 Garfield/ Grant NW Garfield county - just SW of Medford
4 04/08/1956 2215 7 400 F3 0 4 Garfield Waukomis - Enid
5 04/08/1956 2215 8 400 F3 0 0 Garfield near Douglas - near Garber
6 07/17/1956 1000 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Garfield 4 NW Billings
7 06/24/1958 0200 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield W of Enid
8 11/17/1958 0808 39 10 F3 0 0 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay Near Fairmont - near Blackwell
9 03/31/1960 1820 2 50 F1 0 0 Garfield 4 SE Garber
10 03/31/1960 1915 1.5 17 F1 0 0 Garfield 2 E Covington
11 04/16/1960 2005 0.1 50 F2 0 0 Garfield 4 W Waukomis
12 07/29/1960 1830 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Garfield Near Enid
13 05/07/1961 2330 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Garfield W of Kremlin
14 06/05/1962 2100 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Garfield SE of Garber
15 10/20/1963 1640 6 10 F2 0 0 Kingfisher/ Garfield 7 WSW- 3 WNW Marshall
16 04/22/1964 1645 54 733 F2 0 1 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay 5 SE Enid - West side of Ponca City - 6 N Ponca City
17 04/22/1964 1730 28 10 F1 0 0 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay 5 NE Garber - Tonkawa
18 05/27/1964 1240 1 50 F1 0 0 Garfield 1 S Woodring Airport
19 04/04/1965 1730 0.3 33 F0 0 0 Garfield 4 NW Carrier
20 05/18/1965 2145 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield NE of Garber
21 06/05/1966 1830 4 10 F0 0 0 Garfield 4 N- 6 NE Enid
22 06/05/1966 1835 0.1 10 F2 0 6 Garfield North part of Enid
23 06/05/1966 1855 4 67 F0 0 0 Garfield South part of Drummond
24 06/05/1966 1900 6 10 F1 0 0 Garfield SW part of Enid- 4 S Enid
25 09/04/1966 1245 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield 5 SW Billings - near Garber
26 06/10/1967 2100 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield Just SW of Vance AFB
27 04/16/1969 1630 2 10 F1 0 0 Garfield 3 NW Enid
28 06/11/1969 1500 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield ~4 E Carrier
29 04/26/1970 2030 4 50 F0 0 0 Garfield 5 SSW Drummond - Near Waukomis
30 04/30/1973 2035 1 33 F1 0 0 Garfield Near Drummond
31 10/10/1973 1805 0.1 50 F1 0 0 Garfield 3 W Enid
32 06/08/1974 1430 0.2 23 F1 0 0 Garfield 2 E Breckenridge
33 05/20/1977 1815 4 100 F1 0 0 Garfield Near Waukomis
34 08/23/1977 0150 1 50 F1 0 0 Garfield Just W of Enid
35 05/02/1979 1615 21 880 F4 1 25 Major/ Garfield 4 NE Cleo Springs- 1 NE Meno- Lahoma- Far SW Enid
36 05/02/1979 1745 8 120 F3 0 0 Garfield 6 WNW- 4 NE Marshall
37 05/17/1981 1530 1 33 F1 0 0 Garfield 2 E Garber
38 08/15/1981 1345 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield 7 SW Enid
39 11/03/1981 1130 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield near Enid
40 05/12/1983 1852 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Garfield 10 W Enid
41 04/20/1984 1629 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Garfield 5 SW Enid
42 06/03/1985 1820 0.2 10 F1 0 0 Garfield NNE part of Enid
43 04/12/1991 1452 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Garfield 4 W Drummond
44 04/12/1991 1520-1540 6 50 F2 0 0 Garfield 3 ENE Lahoma- 2 S Carrier
45 04/12/1991 1533-1539 3 30 F0 0 0 Garfield 5 SW- 5 WSW Kremlin
46 04/12/1991 1537-1616 9 800 F3 0 0 Garfield/ Grant 4 SE Hillsdale- 5 SW Pond Creek
47 04/26/1991 1700-1709 6 350 F3 0 0 Garfield 6 E Enid- 4 W Garber
48 04/26/1991 1715 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Garfield 0.5 W Garber
49 04/26/1991 1730-1855 66 1500 F4 0 6 Garfield/ Noble/ Osage 3 E Garber- 5 SE Billings- 9 WNW Pawhuska
50 06/18/1992 1524 0.5 30 F0 0 0 Garfield 2 S Lahoma
51 06/05/1995 1815 0.1 23 F0 0 0 Garfield 3 E Drummond
52 06/05/1995 1912 0.1 23 F0 0 0 Garfield Near Waukomis
53 09/21/1998 1540-1542 1 100 F1 0 0 Garfield 3 S - 3 SE Waukomis
54 04/05/1999 0430 0.1 n/a F0 0 0 Garfield 2 N Carrier
55 04/21/1999 1745-1805 9 500 F2 0 0 Garfield 4 WSW - 4 NE Carrier
56 04/21/1999 1858 0.1 n/a F0 0 0 Garfield 1 WNW Vance AFB
57 05/03/1999 2118-2128 8 440 F2 0 0 Logan/ Garfield 3 SW Marshall - 9 SSE Covington
58 05/25/2000 2355-2356 0.5 20 F0 0 0 Garfield 1 NNW - 1 N Waukomis
59 04/11/2002 2152-2159 2 25 F0 0 0 Grant/ Garfield/ Noble 8 SE Lamont - 2 NNE Billings
60 03/29/2007 1520-1530 3 20 EF0 0 0 Garfield/ Grant 3 W Hillsdale - 4 SSE Nash
61 05/24/2008 1407-1416 2 15 EF0 0 0 Garfield 4.5 WSW - 2.5 WSW Bison
62 05/24/2008 1445-1448 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 Garfield 6 ESE Bison
63 05/24/2008 1510-1515 4.7 100 EF0 0 0 Garfield 7 SW - 6.5 SSW Douglas
64 05/24/2008 1521-1618 10 1600 EF2 0 0 Garfield 3 S Douglas - 7 S Hayward
65 05/24/2008 1617-1622 1 80 EF1 0 0 Garfield 6.5 S - 7.5 S Hayward
66 05/24/2008 1653-1658 1.3 1100 EF0 0 0 Garfield 7 SSE - 8 SSE Hayward
67 04/25/2009 2110-2115 1.5 30 EF2 0 0 Garfield NW Enid - North Enid
68 04/25/2009 2142-2146 1.3 50 EF2 0 0 Garfield 3 SE Kremlin
69 04/25/2009 2350-26/0008 6 75 EF1 0 0 Garfield 3 SSW - 2 NNE Hillsdale
70 04/26/2009 0039-0050 1.5 500 EF1 0 0 Garfield 2 W - 1 WNW Kremlin
71 05/06/2015 1615 0.1 10 EF0 0 0 Garfield 2 SSW Carrier
72 05/25/2016 2053-2112 5 300 EF2 0 0 Garfield 3 WNW Carrier - 3 SW Hillsdale
73 05/20/2019 1605-1613 8 100 EF1 0 0 Garfield/ Noble 6 S Hayward - 2.5 E Lucien
 

Significant Tornadoes in Garfield County

  Date Time
(CST)
Length
of Path
(miles)
Width
of Path
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Location
  04/27/1955 2100 0.1 10 F1 0 1 Garfield near Garber

A tornado touched down briefly near Garber and blew part of a coal shed onto the railroad tracks. A railroad brakeman was on the side of the train and fell to the ground when the train sideswiped the coal shed. The train wheels subsequently struck and severely injured his foot.

  04/02/1956 1945 18 100 F2 0 4 Garfield/ Grant NW Garfield county - just SW of Medford

This tornado traveled northeastward from northwestern Garfield County to west of Pond Creek and Jefferson, and dissipated just southwest of Medford in Grant County. Complete destruction or extensive damage occurred at 8 farms along the tornado's path. Four people were injured at one farm home that was completely destroyed near Pond Creek. On another farm, 3 head of cattle were killed when the barn collapsed and was destroyed. At a third farm, all of the farm machinery and an automobile were destroyed. Considerable damage also occurred to utility lines.

  04/08/1956 2215 7 400 F3 0 4 Garfield Waukomis - Enid

At least one tornado moved through parts of Garfield County and the greatest destruction occurred in the Enid and Waukomis areas. Numerous farmsteads in the Waukomis area had incurred complete destruction to outbuildings, livestock were killed, and farm supplies and implements were destroyed. A semi-trailer truck was tipped over and thrown 40 feet. Several businesses and many homes received roof and window damage. a large number of trees were uprooted and most TV antennas were destroyed. The roof of the Waukomis high school was partially unroofed, and a total of 75 utility poles were blown over by the twisting winds.

In the Enid area, 4 people were injured by the storm as it moved over the southern and eastern sections of the city. At the municipal airport alone, an estimated $200,000 in damages occurred to several hangars, and 8 small airplanes were destroyed. The City of Enid estimated $25,000 in damages to street lights while the local telephone company had damages of $10,000, and the electric company had over $25,000 in damages. Many homes were damaged or destroyed, and a large radio antenna was toppled. Hail to the size of golf balls and straight-line winds of 90 mph accompanied the tornado.

  04/22/1964 1645 54 733 F2 0 1 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay 5 SE Enid - West side of Ponca City - 6 N Ponca City

A large, tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm started building southeast of Enid, and then tracked over 50 miles to the northeast causing heavy tornado and hail damage during a two-hour swing across the Garber, Billings, and Tonkawa areas, and then to the Ponca City area. The supercell likely produced a series of tornadoes instead of a single, long-track tornado. Three funnels aloft formed first and then joined to drop the ground at 4:45 pm CST about 5 miles southeast of Enid. The tornado moved northeastward and completely destroyed a farmstead along the initial mile of its path before reaching a width of 0.5 miles. The tornado then veered to the north-northeast for 4.5 miles where it crossed U.S. Highway 64 at a width of 100 yards. It then skipped along an east-northeast course with its path varying from 50 to 1500 yards, and eventually came within 0.25 miles of the southwest edge of Garber before lifting. The tornado and strong thunderstorm downdrafts damaged at least 10 homes, and destroyed barns, granaries, and outbuildings within an area of 3 miles on either side of the storm track. Lightning produced a fire that burned down a barn. A man was injured by flying glass when his automobile was damaged on U.S. Highway 64 east of Enid.

Tornadic damage was evident 4.5 miles northeast of Garber where a new tornado probably formed. Another tornado formed in the area and the two tornadoes skipped a short distance on the ground a short distance toward Billings where a third tornado joined them and dipped to the ground briefly several times. The three tornadoes passed Billings around 5:30 pm CST and destroyed buildings, a 200-barrel oil tank, and damaged many roofs and windows. One family escaped injury when their car was picked up and carried by the tornado as it cross U.S. Interstate Highway I-35 near OK State Highway 15. The main tornado was sighted at 5:50 pm CST near the Marland "Y" and U.S. Highway 177 as it continued near Ponca City. The second tornado headed northward toward Tonkawa and damaged 3 farmsteads and 7 wheat bins, and downed 4 oil rigs. This second tornado lifted near the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River and then touched down in the Irby addition on the southeastern edge of Tonkawa at 6:15 pm CST, and swept northeastward across Second and First Streets to the rodeo grounds. The tornadic winds occurred over an 8-block area included damage to roofs, garages, barns, and power lines. Golf ball size hail was also reported in Tonkawa.

The main tornado continued northeastward toward Ponca City and condensation funnel was observed ending 100 feet above the ground. It was joined west of Ponca City by another tornado and the two tornadoes skirted along the west side of Ponca City. The main tornado traveled over the Selvey Addition where 3 automobiles sustained windows damage and the roofs and windows of homes were damaged. The tornado last struck 2 miles north of the Ponca City Airport where a house was damaged and large barn was twisted off of its foundation, causing a partial collapse of the building.

  06/05/1966 1835 0.1 10 F2 0 6 Garfield North part of Enid

This tornado formed 6 miles northwest of Enid at 6:35 pm CST and moved to southeast where it eventually struck the northern and northeastern portions of Enid. Three mobile homes were destroyed and 3 others were damaged at a mobile home park. One home was destroyed and 13 others were damaged. Eighteen people escaped injury as they hugged the floor of one home in the 2800 block of North 6th Street while the tornado was removing the roof. The tornado's skipping path also produced damage at the Rock Island Railroad yards where 4 boxcars were overturned and a large truck was destroyed. Most of the damage occurred in the northeastern part of Enid at 6:55 pm CST when the tornado traveled along a 6-block strip from Cherry to Chestnut Avenues between 11th and 12th Streets. The tornado then lifted and moved at tree and rooftop levels before it moved out of Enid near Market Avenue and 20th Street. One man failed to reach his storm cellar as the tornado arrived and had to cling to an elm tree while his home was demolished just a few feet away. In spite of the damage, only 6 people were injured.

  05/02/1979 1615-1715 21 880 F4 1 25 Major/ Garfield 4 NE Cleo Springs - 1 NE Meno - Lahoma - Far SW Enid

The tornado formed at 4:15 pm CST 3 miles north and 8 miles east of Cleo Springs, OK and moved along an east-southeast path causing only minor damage until it reached OK State Highway 58 about 2 miles north of Ringwood, OK, where it destroyed 2 mobile homes. The tornado then grew wider and intensified, producing heavy damage to about a dozen farms in eastern Major County. It leveled all buildings at a farm northeast of Ringwood, OK. About 1 mile east and 1 mile north of Meno, OK, the twister hit a farmhouse as the occupants were trying to flee in a pickup truck. Two people were injured and a girl was killed when she was thrown about 100 yards from the home.

At 4:55 pm CST, the tornado moved through the southern and eastern parts of Lahoma, OK. Three mobile homes were destroyed and about 6 more were damaged. Two houses were heavily damaged with others receiving less damage. The high school, town hall and fire department building were also damaged, and minor damage occurred to other numerous structures.

The tornado weakened and narrowed as it moved east-southeast, striking the Perry Acres housing development west of Enid, OK. A pickup truck was overturned and a van was heavily damaged. Several other vehicles also received damage. A barn was destroyed and several homes received significant damage. The chimneys for at least two homes collapsed within the houses. At one location, a travel trailer was thrown 50 feet in one direction while a stock tank was carried about 0.25 miles in the opposite direction.

The tornado then moved through the Imo area, about 4 southwest of Enid. One man suffered a heart; attack and died while seeking shelter at a grain elevator near lmo, OK. His two sons were injured while trying to break glass in a window to get access to a telephone. The grain elevator was damaged, and two persons were injured when the structure later collapsed onto their pickup. The tornado then dissipated about 1 mile east of Imo at 5:15 pm CST. Large hail and heavy rains accompanied the storm.

  04/26/1991 1730-1855 66 1500 F4 0 6 Garfield/ Noble/ Osage 3 E Garber- 5 SE Billings- 9 WNW Pawhuska

The "Red Rock" tornado was the third in a series of 9 tornadoes that occurred in Oklahoma during the April 26, 1991 tornado outbreak. The tornado touched down 2.5 miles east of Garber at approximately 5:30 pm CST and moved northeast. The tornado increased to F3 intensity as it passed 4.5 miles south of Billings. Oil tanks were destroyed, well pumps toppled, and power poles snapped. The path width at this point was estimated at 0.5 miles. The tornado grew to a width of 0.75 miles and destroyed a home 5 miles southeast of Billings.

The tornado strengthened to F4 intensity as it neared Interstate 35, debarking many trees and destroying a home. The tornado continued east-northeast across Noble County, passing south of Marland and north of the Otoe Indian Agency, destroying at least two farms along the way. The tornado continued on into Osage County, where its intensity dropped to F3, and moved just to the north of Fairfax where many trees were uprooted and a house was damaged. Ten miles west of Pawhuska a large oil rig with an 18-inch foundation was toppled.

The tornado lifted at 6:55 pm CST 9 miles west-northwest of Pawhuska, with a total path length of 66 miles. Damage was estimated at $500 000. Damage incurred at one totally-destroyed farm alone was estimated at $200,000. Several county roads were destroyed when large sections of asphalt were blown away. There were six injuries in this tornado, but none were serious.

 

Records taken from the Storm Prediction Center archive data, "Storm Data", and data from the National Weather Service office in Norman. Data modified as described in NOAA Tech Memo NWS SR-209 (Speheger, D., 2001: "Corrections to the Historic Tornado Database").

Historic data, especially before 1950, are likely incomplete.