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Tornado Track Map for Woodward County, OK
 
Woodward County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/20/1885 2010       0 0 Woodward Fort Supply
  04/21/1885 0055       0 0 Woodward Unknown
  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)
  04/14/1939 2300 65 n   7 19 Dewey/ Woodward/ Major/ Woods Near Vici - near Waynoka - near Hopeton - near Alva - Capron - just inside KS
  06/09/1941 0700 3 250   0 3 Woodward Woodward
  04/09/1947 1952 221 3200   169
(101)
980
(782)
Ellis/ Woodward/ Woods .5 SE White Deer TX - 5 NW Pampa TX - Glazier TX - Higgins TX - 4 SE Shattuck - 4 NW Arnett - 3 SE Gage - 2 SE Fargo - Woodward - near Hartner KS - St. Leo KS
  04/09/1947 2300       0 0 Woodward Near Quinlan
  05/15/1949 2130 4 67   0 0 Woodward Near Woodward
  05/20/1949 1800 35 100   0   Ellis/ Woodward Near Shattuck - near Tangier
  05/20/1949     67   0   Woodward 2.5 E Woodward
  05/20/1949 2030 27     0   Woodward Near Vici - 5 NE Mooreland
Woodward County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 05/04/1950 2145 1 100 F2 0 0 Woodward near Fort Supply
2 05/24/1950 2130 1 33 F2 0 2 Woodward Quinlan
3 04/28/1953 1500 0.1 27 F0 0 0 Woodward 5 N Woodward
4 07/23/1955 0115 2 200 F1 0 0 Woodward near Fort Supply
5 06/24/1958 2215 0.5 200 F? 0 0 Woodward near Moscow Flats
6 05/03/1960 1930 0.5 100 F1 0 0 Woodward 6 SE Woodward
7 06/05/1962 1708 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward 6 NNE Fargo
8 05/25/1965 1800 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward Near Fort Supply
9 07/16/1970 1800 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward unknown specific location
10 05/09/1979 2030 0.3 13 F1 0 1 Woodward 4 W Woodward
11 05/30/1982 1925 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward 1 S Mooreland
12 10/31/1984 1756 20 250 F3 0 0 Woodward/ Major 6 S Cedarville- 1 SW Cheyenne Valley
13 04/20/1985 2142 4 100 F1 0 0 Woodward 1 W- 4 NNW Sharon
14 04/20/1985 2201 15 100 F0 0 0 Woodward 3.5 N Sharon- N of Woodward
15 05/06/1985 2140 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward Tangier
16 05/26/1991 1735 2 77 F1 0 0 Woodward 3 E- 5 E Woodward
17 05/26/1991 1758-1818 13 1000 F3 0 0 Woodward 3 E- 13 E Woodward
18 05/26/1991 1759 1 50 F1 0 0 Woodward 4 ESE Woodward
19 04/09/1992 1615-1643 0.5 60 F0 0 0 Woodward 9 NNW Woodward
20 04/09/1992 1615-1621 0.3 23 F1 0 0 Woodward 10 N Woodward
21 04/09/1992 1620-1625 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Woodward 7 NNW Woodward
22 04/09/1992 1635-1703 3 60 F0 0 0 Woodward 3 SE- 1 E Fort Supply
23 04/09/1992 1650-1716 3 60 F0 0 0 Woodward 3 SSW- 1 N Fort Supply
24 09/05/1992 1850 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Woodward 4 NW Seiling
25 04/30/1993 2158 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Woodward 7 N Woodward
26 04/30/1993 2215 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Woodward 4 N Woodward
27 04/30/1993 2227 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Woodward 4 NE Mooreland
28 04/30/1993 2240 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Woodward 5 N Mooreland
29 04/30/1993 2352 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Woodward 2 NE Mooreland
30 05/01/1993 0008 0.5 30 F0 0 0 Woodward 4 ENE Mooreland
31 06/07/1995 2150 0.2 50 F1 0 0 Woodward 2 N- 3 NE Mooreland
32 05/29/1997 1955 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward 9 SW Sharon
33 06/13/2000 2256 0.3 20 F0 0 0 Woodward 16 NNE Mooreland (near Alabaster Caverns S.P.)
34 06/05/2001 1834 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Woodward 5 SSW Woodward
35 04/17/2002 2233-2147 8 600 F3 0 0 Dewey/ Woodward 10 WSW Seiling (near Cestos) - 6 ESE Mutual
36 03/27/2004 1333-1342 4 250 F1 0 0 Woodward 4 S - 4.5 SE Sharon
37 03/27/2004 1354 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward 3 N Mutual
38 03/27/2004 1402-1403 1 100 F1 0 0 Woodward 6 S - 6 SSE Sharon
39 03/27/2004 1427 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Woodward 3 NNE Mutual
40 03/27/2004 1455 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Woodward 2 N Cedardale
41 10/19/2005 1647-1708 13 400 F1 0 0 Harper/ Woodward 10 SSE Selman - 20 N Mooreland (5 WNW Alabaster Caverns SP)
42 05/05/2007 2150-2230 17 600 EF2 0 0 Ellis/ Dewey/ Woodward 9 ESE Harmon - 6 ENE Sharon
43 04/26/2009 1628 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Woodward 6 S Sharon
44 05/11/2010 1927 0.1 10 EF0 0 0 Woodward 3 N Harmon
45 05/24/2010 1948 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 3 S Tangier
46 04/09/2012 1623 0.1 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 3 SSW Woodward
47 04/09/2012 1635 0.2 100 EF1 0 0 Woodward 5 S Woodward
48 04/09/2012 1645 0.2 200 EF0 0 0 Woodward 5 NNW Sharon
49 04/09/2012 1656 0.2 200 EF0 0 0 Woodward 1 NE Sharon
50 04/09/2012 1706 0.2 200 EF1 0 0 Woodward 3.5 ESE Sharon
51 04/09/2012 1727 0.1 50 EF0 0 0 Woodward 1 SW Mutual
52 04/14/2012 1449-1453 4 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 4 SE - 6 E Fort Supply
53 04/14/2012 1459-1500 0.5 30 EF1 0 0 Woodward/ Harper 9 E Fort Supply
54 04/14/2012 1526 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 4 WNW Freedom
55 04/14/2012 1618 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 6 NNW Harmon
56 04/14/2012 1624 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 8 N Harmon
57 04/14/2012 1715 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Woodward 8 NE Mooreland
58 04/14/2012 1750 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 Woodward 7 ESE Mooreland
59 04/14/2012 1751 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Woodward 13 ENE Mooreland
60 04/14/2012 2242-2326 34 400 EF3 6 29 Ellis/ Woodward 2 SSW Arnett - Woodward - 4 N Woodward
61 05/23/2016 1925-1941 3 400 EF0 0 0 Woodward 5.5 NNW - 6.5 NNW Woodward
62 05/18/2017 1523 9 200 EF0 0 0 Woodward/ Major 3 W - 9 NNW Chester
 

Significant Tornadoes in Woodward 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 at 11:00 pm CST on April 14th 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 15th.

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 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. Damage reached F5 intensity in an area 5 miles south of Waynoka 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.

  06/09/1941 0700 3 250   0 3 Woodward Woodward

A tornado touched down in Woodward and moved southeastward through the city, producing considerable damage to numerous homes and other property. The path of destruction was 250 yards wide and 3 miles long. No one was killed, but 3 people were injured. Crop loss in the vicinity of Woodward was estimated at $35,000 while other property damage totaled $65,000.

  04/09/1947 1952 98* 3200   184 (116) 980 (782) Hemphill, TX/ Lipscomb, TX/ Ellis/ Woodward/ Woods Near Canadian TX - Glazier TX - Higgins TX - 4 SE Shattuck - 4 NW Arnett - 3 SE Gage - 2 SE Fargo - Woodward - 10 W Alva

The most deadly tornado to ever strike within the borders of the state of Oklahoma occurred on Wednesday, April 9, 1947 in the city of Woodward. The Woodward tornadic supercell thunderstorm began in the Texas Panhandle during the afternoon of April 9, 1947, and produced at least six tornadoes along a 220-mile path that stretched from White Deer, TX (northeast of Amarillo) to St. Leo, KS (west of Wichita).

While it is still officially attributed to have traveled in a single long track through 3 states, work done by Tom Grazulis of the Tornado Project, and research scientist Don Burgess indicates that a separate tornado occurred near White Deer, TX, and 4 or more tornadoes occurred near the Oklahoma state line and into Kansas. In addition, the Woodward tornado may have begun closer to Pampa, TX, but there is no corroborating evidence to confirm a damage path in the area.

What is known is that the violent tornado that struck Woodward had a confirmed path that started 3 miles northwest of Canadian, TX. The tornado moved northeast, and continued on the ground continuously for about 98 miles, before ending in Woods County, Oklahoma about 10 miles west of Alva. The tornado was massive, up to 1.8 miles wide, and traveled at forward speeds of about 50 miles per hour.

The tornado first struck Glazier and Higgins in the Texas Panhandle, devastating both towns and producing at least 69 fatalities in Texas before crossing into Oklahoma. In Ellis County, Oklahoma, the tornado did not strike any towns, passing to the southeast of Shattuck, Gage, and Fargo. Even though no towns were struck, nearly 60 farms and ranches were destroyed and 8 people were killed with 42 more injured. Moving into Woodward County, one death was reported near Tangier.

The violent tornado (F5 on the Fujita Scale) unleashed its worst destruction on Woodward, striking the city without warning at 8:42 pm CST. Over 100 city blocks on the west and north sides of the city were destroyed with lesser damage in the southeast portion of the town. Confusion and fires reigned in the aftermath with over 1000 homes and businesses destroyed, at least 107 people killed in and around Woodward, and nearly 1000 additional injuries.

Normal communications between Woodward and the outside world were not restored for some time and there was great uncertainty as to victim status. In fact, the bodies of three children were never identified, and one child who survived the tornado was lost and never reunited with her family. Help for Woodward came from many places, including units from as far away as Oklahoma City and Wichita. Beyond Woodward, the tornado lost some intensity, but still destroyed 36 homes and injured 30 people in Woods County before it dissipated. The supercell thunderstorm would produce at least another 4 tornadoes near the Oklahoma State line and in southern Kansas.

In all, at least 116 lives were lost in Oklahoma on that fateful night with another 68 deaths occurring in Texas. Never before or since has a tornado been so costly to human life in the Sooner State. Another 782 people were in Oklahoma with 198 injuries occurring in Texas. Damages were estimated at $1.5 million in Texas and $8 million in Oklahoma. The tornado destroyed 507 structures and damaged 803 more in Oklahoma. A  total of 119 structures were destroyed and another 117 were damaged in Texas.

Because of the Woodward tornado and other devastating tornadoes in the late 1940's and early 1950's, and because of new technologies available after World War II, the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) began a tornado watch and warning program in 1953. Since then, the warning system composed of the National Weather Service, local civil preparedness agencies, and the media has continued to mature and provide better and better information to citizens to help them protect themselves from tornadoes. Because of the strengths of the warning system, tornado death tolls in Oklahoma, and nationwide, have dropped considerably with each passing decade and, hopefully, will continue to decrease.

  05/24/1950 2130 1 33 F2 0 2 Woodward Quinlan

A tornado struck Quinlan during the evening May 24th, damaging at least four buildings in the downtown area. Two people were injured by flying glass from broken windows, and the tornado produced damages of $20,000.

  05/09/1979 2030 0.3 13 F1 0 1 Woodward 4 W Woodward

A tornado picked up a mobile home and flipped it upside down about 4 miles west of Woodward. A woman was injured when she was thrown through a window of the mobile home.

  04/14/2012 2242-2326 34 400 EF3 6 29 Ellis/ Woodward 2 SSW Arnett - Woodward - 4 N Woodward

The tornado developed approximately just south of Arnett (Ellis County) at 10:42 pm CST (11:42 pm CDT) on April 14, 2012 and moved northeast. Two homes were categorized as destroyed and a few other homes sustained damage. Trees and power lines were also damaged as the tornado moved toward the Woodward county border. The tornado eventually crossed the border, producing only minor damage (mainly downed trees and power poles/lines) as it moved over mainly rural portions of Woodward County, southwest of the city of Woodward.

At approximately 11:12 pm CST (12:12 am CDT on April 15, 2012), the tornado struck two mobile homes 5 miles southwest of Woodward. The damage here was determined to be EF-2 in intensity, and also resulted in 3 fatalities. The heaviest damage, rated EF-3, was reported as the tornado entered the southwest sides of Woodward around 11:18 pm CST. Several homes and businesses were heavily damaged as the tornado continued northeast. Several more mobile homes were destroyed by the tornado on the north side of Woodward, and resulted in 3 additional fatalities. The tornado finally exited the city of Woodward at approximately 11:23 pm CST, eventually dissipating approximately 4 miles north of Woodward at 11:27 pm CST.

 

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.