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Tornado Track Map for Major County, OK
 
Major County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  05/23/1903   70 70   2 30 Ellis/ Dewey/ Woodward/ Major/ Alfalfa Near Camargo - near Cestos - near "Richmond" (7 NW Seiling) - near "Augusta" (1 W Carmen) - near Carmen
  05/10/1908 1630 50 880   3 40 Ellis/ Dewey/ Woodward/ Major Arnett - Mutual - near Vici - "Richmond" (7 NW Seiling) - "Cooley" (8 NE Harmon) - near Seiling - "Estelle" (10 NW Phroso)
  04/03/1934 1800 5 200   0 3 Major 12 SW Fairview
  04/14/1939 2300 65 n   7 19 Dewey/ Woodward/ Major/ Woods Near Vici - near Waynoka - near Hopeton - near Alva - Capron - just inside KS
  06/06/1947 1915 1.5 200   0 0 Major 6 E Chester
  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?)
Major County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/27/1951 1420 0.8 200 F1 0 2 Major 3 SE Ringwood
2 06/20/1951 2320 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Major Isabella - Ames
3 06/21/1952 1550 0.3 440 F1 0 0 Major east of Fairview
4 06/03/1955 2115 6 200 F1 0 0 Major 30 S Waynoka
5 06/04/1955 2200 6 300 F1 0 0 Major near Fairview
6 06/17/1955 1748 1 10 F1 0 0 Major NE of Ringwood
7 06/17/1955 2030 1 100 F2 0 0 Major 11 SE Aline
8 04/08/1956 2235 14 10 F2 0 0 Major near Fairview - near Isabella
9 05/07/1961 2215 5 10 F2 0 0 Major 5 NE Cleo Springs
10 05/13/1965 2030 0.1 33 F0 0 0 Major Fairview
11 05/25/1965 1950 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Major Near Cleo Springs
12 04/26/1970 1830 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Major 5 W Fairview
13 04/26/1970 2030 1 10 F3 0 0 Major 2 E Ames
14 05/20/1977 1535 5 100 F1 0 0 Major Near Orion
15 05/28/1977 2005 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Major 9 S Ringwood
16 05/02/1979 1615 21 880 F4 1 25 Major/ Garfield 4 NE Cleo Springs- 1 NE Meno- Lahoma- Far SW Enid
17 05/02/1979 1617 20 1760 F2 0 0 Major 11 W Orienta - 10 E Fairview
18 05/30/1982 1915 20 50 F1 0 0 Major 5 E Chester - 6 NE Fairview [not continuous]
19 05/17/1983 1935 0.1 50 F1 0 0 Major 3 W Fairview
20 05/17/1983 1935 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Major Near Fairview
21 10/31/1984 1756 20 250 F3 0 0 Woodward/ Major 6 S Cedarville- 1 SW Cheyenne Valley
22 10/31/1984 1910 8 200 F2 0 0 Major 2 SSE- 7 ENE Chester
23 04/12/1991 1422-1451 9 300 F2 0 0 Major .5 S Ames- 4 SE Meno
24 05/15/1991 2316 0.3 30 F0 0 0 Major 10 E Chester
25 05/26/1991 2001 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Major 3 SE Cleo Springs
26 06/18/1992 1522 0.5 30 F0 0 0 Major 2 SW Lahoma
27 09/05/1992 1815 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Major 3 N Chester
28 09/05/1992 1850 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Major 2 W Chester
29 10/17/1994 1702 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Major 7 WNW Ringwood
30 04/05/1999 0410 0.1 n/a F0 0 0 Major 4 NNE Ames
31 05/03/1999 2128-2130 1 200 F1 0 0 Major 6 S Ringwood
32 09/10/1999 1755-1757 1 n/a F0 0 0 Major near Ames
33 05/25/2000 2300-2314 11 220 F1 0 0 Major 10 WSW - 2 SSE Fairview
34 09/18/2001 0020-0021 0.5 10 F1 0 0 Major 0.5 W Ringwood - Ringwood
35 04/17/2002 2327-18/0028 34 1500 F2 0 1 Major/ Woods/ Alfalfa 15 WNW Orienta - 2 SW Ingersoll
36 06/13/2007 1731-1733 0.2 25 EF0 0 0 Major 5 W Orienta
37 06/13/2007 1734-1736 0.2 75 EF0 0 0 Major 5 W Orienta
38 06/13/2007 1742-1744 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Major 5 W Orienta
39 05/24/2011 1420-1444 13 880 EF3 1 2 Dewey/ Blaine/ Major 3 W Canton - Canton Lake - 6 WSW Fairview
40 05/24/2011 1447-1451 0.7 80 EF0 0 0 Major 2 SW Fairview
41 04/14/2012 1801 0.1 30 EF0 0 0 Major 4 NW Bouse Junction
42 04/14/2012 1806-1820 7 150 EF1 0 0 Major/ Woods 4 NNW Bouse Junction - 5 SE Waynoka
43 05/06/2015 1537-1538 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 Major 5 S Ringwood
44 05/16/2015 1722-1742 16 400 EF1 0 0 Major/ Alfalfa 5.5 NW Fairview - Cleo Springs - 5 SE Aline
45 04/16/2017 1743-1747 0.5 30 EF? 0 0 Major 5 SW Bouse Junction
46 04/16/2017 1809 0.1 30 EF? 0 0 Major 7 N Chester
47 04/16/2017 1842-1849 2 30 EF? 0 0 Major 3.5 NNW - 3.5 NNW Chester
48 05/18/2017 1523 9 200 EF0 0 0 Woodward/ Major 3 W - 9 NNW Chester
49 05/18/2017 1537 0.2 30 EF? 0 0 Major 10 N Chester
50 05/18/2017 1549-1607 9 200 EF1 0 0 Major/ Woods 2 WNW Bouse Junction - 4 WSW Waynoka
 

Significant Tornadoes in Major County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/14-15/1939 2300 65 (f73) 1000   7 19 Dewey/ Major/ Woodward/ Major/ Woods/ Barber, KS Near Vici - near Waynoka - near Hopeton - near Alva - Capron - just inside KS

A violent tornado formed at the town of Vici, OK at 11:00 pm CST on April 14, 1939 in northwestern Dewey County and moved northeastward through the southeastern part of Vici, where it damaged 50 buildings. The twister then continued through rural parts of extreme northwestern Major County and southeastern Woodward County before tracking into Woods County. In Woods County the tornado moved along a path that was south of Waynoka, northwest of Hopeton and southeast of Alva before it struck the town of Capron at 12:15 am CST during the early morning of April 15, 1939.

After exiting Capron, the tornado continued northeastward through extreme northwestern Alfalfa County and then dissipated near Kiowa, KS in southeastern Barber County just north of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line. The storm produced damage along a track that was at least 65 miles long and possibly 73 miles long. It is also possible that this event was comprised of a family of tornadoes from a parent supercell thunderstorm instead of being a single, long-track tornado.

Many farm homes and other buildings were destroyed in the rural areas near Waynoka, Hopeton and Alva, as well as the entire business section of Capron, OK. Damage reached F5 intensity in an area 5 miles south of Waynoka, OK where most of the fatalities occurred and farmhouses were completely swept away. At least one death in this area occurred when the tornado struck an automobile. In a case of unfortunate timing, the tornado and a train arrived simultaneously at Capron, and several railroad cars were derailed. The new brick school building in Capron was a total loss, and the southeast part of that town sustained heavy damage.

A total of 7 persons were killed and another 19 were injured by the tornado, with 15 of the injuries occurring in Capron. The damage caused by this storm was estimated at $104,000.

  04/27/1951 1420 0.8 200 F1 0 2 Major 3 SE Ringwood

A tornado touched down about 3 miles southeast of Ringwood and damaged buildings at a farm, and injured 2 people. Total damages were estimated at $1,500.

  05/02/1979 1615 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 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. 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, OK area, about 4 miles southwest of Enid. One man suffered a heart; attack and died while seeking shelter at a grain elevator near lmo. 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.

  04/17/2002 2327-18/0028 34 1500 F2 0 1 Major/ Woods/ Alfalfa 15 WNW Orienta - 2 SW Ingersoll

Numerous severe thunderstorms were observed over western Oklahoma during the afternoon and evening of April 17th and early morning of April 18th. Four tornadoes were confirmed, and there were several reports of very large hail, even one report of softball size hail (4.5 inches in diameter). The tornadoes were at night with the largest tornado, believed to be up to one mile wide, causing a maximum of F2 damage over a 34-mile path across northwest Oklahoma. Another tornado resulted in F3 damage.

This tornado was captured on video by a storm chaser, approximately 2 miles south of Highway 412 in northern Major County. The tornado moved northward for 4 miles before crossing the Cimarron River into Woods County. No structures were affected in Major County.

The tornado curved to the right as it crossed the Cimarron River and moved northeastward for 15 miles before entering Alfalfa County at 0005 CST on April 18th. In Woods County, about 2 miles southwest of the intersection of State Highway 45 and the Woods County line, the roof of a trailer house was completely removed, and an exterior wall on the northeast side of the house was badly damaged and partially removed from the structure. The owner of the house received minor abrasions to his arm. Across the road from the house, a barn was unroofed, and most of the walls were destroyed. Otherwise, only tree damage was observed across Woods County.

The tornado tracked for another 15 miles in Alfalfa County before dissipating 2 miles southwest of Ingersoll. As the tornado entered Alfalfa County, damage was sustained to outbuildings, trees and power lines, along State Highway 45 to the west of Carmen. Large trees were uprooted or snapped, and a windmill was destroyed along EW 25 Road to the east of NS 253 Road, or about 4.5 miles southwest of Lambert. Along the west side of NS 255 Road, between EW 23 Road and EW 22 Road (about 2.5 miles west of Lambert), a barn roof was removed as was the west section of the barn. Numerous power poles were snapped along EW 22 Road in a ½ mile area to the east of NS 255 Road. Several high-tension power poles were damaged or destroyed west of NS 256 Road and south of EW 21 Road. Significant tree damage and a couple of destroyed outbuildings were observed at the northeast corner of EW 20 and NS 256 Roads, about 5.5 miles southwest of Cherokee. The tornado continued north-northeast with the last damage observed along EW 17 Road just east of NS 257 Road, 2 miles southwest of Ingersoll, or about 4 miles west-northwest of Cherokee. In total, the tornado persisted for 62 minutes and traveled 34 miles.

  05/24/2011 1420-1444 13 880 EF3 1 2 Dewey/ Blaine/ Major 3 W Canton - Canton Lake - 6 WSW Fairview

This large tornado began west of Canton, OK in Dewey County and moved north-northeast toward (and eventually over) Canton Lake. The damage was confined to trees and power poles/lines during the early stages of the tornado. However, more significant damage occurred as the tornado moved into Blaine County.

The tornado moved northeast toward Canton Lake, which is where more significant damage occurred. Near the lake, on both sides where the tornado crossed, significant tree damage occurred. Numerous trailer homes were knocked over or destroyed. On the south side of the lake, two injuries occurred at the Canadian Campground. Several other campers took shelter in a concrete bathhouse. Although the bathhouse sustained damage, no injuries were reported. Other concrete structures (benches, pick-nick tables, etc.) were knocked over or shattered. On the other side of the lake, southwest of Longdale, OK, significant damage continued to more structures and trees.

The large, violent tornado continued due north into Major County. The tornado hit homesteads and barns, severely damaging most structures, and splintering trees and power poles. One of the farmsteads received on the upper end of EF-3 damage, with the house completely collapsing and the trees on the property debarked and snapped. The tornado continued near Cedar Springs, OK, damaging the church roof, and severely damaging a mobile home and several buildings at a farmstead. The tornado finally lifted southwest of Fairview, OK.

 

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.