List of United States tornadoes of 1950

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This page documents all the known tornadoes that touched down in the United States during 1950. Hundreds of tornadoes went unnoticed in 1950 as only 201 were confirmed, compared to the average of over 1,000 per year.

Major Events[edit]

A major milestone in weather history, 1950 marks the first public tornado warning and use of radar to track storms. With this, tornado records began to be kept and a database was started.

1950 had an early and violent start to the year with the first tornadoes touching down on January 3. Two F3's and one F1 touched down. The first tornado, and most damaging, was an F3 which struck St. Louis, Missouri causing almost $3 million in damages. The second F3 struck Fillmore, Illinois causing $250,000 in damages. The last tornado was a brief F1 in northeastern Ohio.

The first killer tornado of 1950 was a lone F3 on January 13 which struck Polk County, Arkansas. One person was killed and another was injured.

A rare F2 tornado touched down in northeastern Illinois on January 26. This is one of only two tornadoes to hit that area in the month of January. The other being an EF3 on January 7, 2008.

A deadly outbreak occurred between February 11 and 13 across the southern United States. 19 tornadoes touched down including an F4 which left 18 people dead along an 82.6 mile long track in Louisiana on February 12. There were 8 killer tornadoes, 6 of which were on February 12, which left 37 people dead. Two other long track tornadoes touched down in Louisiana, and F3 which tracked 74.5 miles leaving 5 dead, and an F2 which traveled 58.4 miles and left another 5 dead.

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

  • 5 tornadoes were not given an F-scale intensity
Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
18 82 66 22 7 0 201

January[edit]

There were 7 confirmed tornadoes in January.

January 3 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Tuesday, January 3, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Missouri
F3 St. Louis, Madison (IL) 38°46′N 90°07′W / 38.77°N 90.12°W / 38.77; -90.12 1700 12.8 miles (20.6 km) 3 Injuries Caused $2.75 Million in damages.
Illinois
F3 Montgomery 39°06′N 89°18′W / 39.1°N 89.3°W / 39.1; -89.3 1755 3.6 miles (5.8 km) 3 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
Ohio
F1 Van Wert 40°53′N 84°35′W / 40.88°N 84.58°W / 40.88; -84.58 2200 0.1 miles (0.2 km) 1 Injury Caused $25,000 in damages.

January 13 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Friday, January 13, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Arkansas
F3 Polk 34°24′N 94°22′W / 34.4°N 94.37°W / 34.4; -94.37 1125 0.6 miles (1.0 km) 1 Death 1 Injury Caused $3,000 in damages.

January 25 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Wednesday, January 25, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Missouri
F2 Iron 37°36′N 90°41′W / 37.6°N 90.68°W / 37.6; -90.68 0130 2.3 miles (3.7 km) 5 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
Illinois
F2 Kankakee 41°10′N 87°20′W / 41.17°N 87.33°W / 41.17; -87.33 0300 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $250,000 in damages.

January 26 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Thursday, January 26, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Texas
F2 Brooks 26°53′N 98°07′W / 26.88°N 98.12°W / 26.88; -98.12 0000 4.7 miles (7.6 km) 2 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.

February[edit]

There were 20 tornadoes confirmed in February.

February 11 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Saturday, February 11, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Texas
F2 Brazoria 29°25′N 95°15′W / 29.42°N 95.25°W / 29.42; -95.25 1910 9.9 miles (15.9 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
F3 Harris 29°40′N 95°03′W / 29.67°N 95.05°W / 29.67; -95.05 1950 12 miles (19.3 km) 1 Death 12 Injuries Large half-mile-wide tornado. Caused $25,000 in damages.
F2 Smith 32°21′N 95°12′W / 32.35°N 95.2°W / 32.35; -95.2 0300 4.6 miles (7.4 km) 5 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
F2 Cass 32°59′N 94°38′W / 32.98°N 94.63°W / 32.98; -94.63 0555 4.5 miles (7.2 km) 6 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.

February 12 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Sunday, February 12, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Texas
F2 Bowie 33°20′N 94°25′W / 33.33°N 94.42°W / 33.33; -94.42 0630 8 miles (12.9 km) 1 Death 8 Injuries Large half-mile-wide tornado. Caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Erath 32°05′N 98°21′W / 32.08°N 98.35°W / 32.08; -98.35 0715 2.3 miles (3.7 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
F2 Limestone 31°31′N 96°33′W / 31.52°N 96.55°W / 31.52; -96.55 1210 3.4 miles (5.5 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Shelby 31°48′N 94°12′W / 31.8°N 94.2°W / 31.8; -94.2 1757 7.7 miles (12.4 km) 32 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages.
F3 Shelby 31°48′N 94°12′W / 31.8°N 94.2°W / 31.8; -94.2 1757 1.9 miles (3.1 km) 3 Deaths 15 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
Mississippi
F2 Union 34°36′N 89°07′W / 34.6°N 89.12°W / 34.6; -89.12 1800 0.1 miles (0.2 km) 3 Death 2 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Union 34°36′N 89°07′W / 34.6°N 89.12°W / 34.6; -89.12 1800 1.9 miles (3.1 km)
Arkansas
F2 Grant 34°29′N 94°12′W / 34.48°N 94.2°W / 34.48; -94.2 1830 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
F2 Union 33°16′N 92°57′W / 33.27°N 92.95°W / 33.27; -92.95 2100 5.7 miles (9.2 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
Louisiana
F4 De Soto, Caddo, Bossier, Webster 31°58′N 94°00′W / 31.97°N 94.0°W / 31.97; -94.0 1900 82.6 miles (132.9 km) 18 Deaths 77 Injuries Caused $1 Million in damages.
F2 De Soto, Claiborne 32°12′N 93°35′W / 32.2°N 93.58°W / 32.2; -93.58 1920 58.4 miles (94.0 km) 5 Deaths 10 Injuries Caused $500,000 in damages.
F3 Sabine, Natchitoches, Red River, Claiborne, Bienville 31°38′N 93°39′W / 31.63°N 93.65°W / 31.63; -93.65 2000 74.5 miles (119.9 km) 5 Deaths 25 Injuries Caused $1.25 Million in damages.
F1 East Carroll 31°36′N 93°20′W / 31.6°N 93.33°W / 31.6; -93.33 2000 0.5 miles (0.8 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

February 13 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Monday, February 13, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Tennessee
F1 Shelby 35°21′N 89°46′W / 35.35°N 89.77°W / 35.35; -89.77 0600 0.2 miles (0.3 km) 8 Injuries Caused $2,500 in damages.
F2 Shelby 35°45′N 89°29′W / 35.75°N 89.48°W / 35.75; -89.48 0700 0.2 miles (0.3 km) 1 Death 9 Injuries Caused $2,500 in damages.

February 27 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Monday, February 27, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Oklahoma
F2 Oklahoma 35°33′N 97°36′W / 35.55°N 97.6°W / 35.55; -97.6 1620 2 miles (3.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

March[edit]

There were 21 tornadoes confirmed in March.

March 1 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Wednesday, March 1, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Mississippi
F1 Lauderdale 32°30′N 88°51′W / 32.5°N 88.85°W / 32.5; -88.85 0830 0.1 miles (0.2 km)

March 16 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Thursday, March 16, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Florida
F2 St. Johns 29°39′N 81°13′W / 29.65°N 81.22°W / 29.65; -81.22 1515 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Caused $2,500 in damages

March 19 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Sunday, March 19, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Louisiana
F1 Calcasieu 30°27′N 93°27′W / 30.45°N 93.45°W / 30.45; -93.45 1330 2 miles (3.2 km) 2 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages
F2 Ascension 30°06′N 91°00′W / 30.1°N 91.0°W / 30.1; -91.0 1915 1 mile (1.6 km) Caused $25,000 in damages
F0 Jefferson 29°42′N 90°06′W / 29.7°N 90.1°W / 29.7; -90.1 1915 18.1 miles (29.1 km) Caused $25,000 in damages

March 26 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Sunday, March 26, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Arkansas
F2 Clark, Hot Spring 34°07′N 93°04′W / 34.12°N 93.07°W / 34.12; -93.07 0130 17.4 miles (28.0 km) 3 Injuries Caused $50,000 in damages
F3 Izard 36°09′N 91°50′W / 36.15°N 91.83°W / 36.15; -91.83 0130 5.7 miles (9.2 km) 1 Injury Caused $250,000 in damages
F2 Pulaski 34°42′N 92°21′W / 34.7°N 92.35°W / 34.7; -92.35 0230 10.4 miles (16.7 km) 7 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages
F3 Prairie 34°59′N 91°44′W / 34.98°N 91.73°W / 34.98; -91.73 0315 14.9 miles (24.0 km) 20 Injuries Enormous mile wide tornado, caused $250,000 in damages
F2 Woodruff 35°06′N 91°24′W / 35.1°N 91.4°W / 35.1; -91.4 0530 5.4 miles (8.7 km) 2 Injuries Large half-mile-wide tornado

March 27 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Monday, March 27, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Oklahoma
F2 Pittsburgh 34°51′N 95°45′W / 34.85°N 95.75°W / 34.85; -95.75 0900 0.1 miles (0.2 km) 2 Injuries Caused $2,500 in damages
Mississippi
F2 Humphreys 33°10′N 90°33′W / 33.17°N 90.55°W / 33.17; -90.55 1100 0.1 miles (0.2 km) 1 Death 2 Injuries
F2 Attala 33°08′N 89°34′W / 33.13°N 89.57°W / 33.13; -89.57 1330 11.9 miles (19.2 km)
F2 Hinds, Rankin 32°17′N 90°16′W / 32.28°N 90.27°W / 32.28; -90.27 1345 59.3 miles (95.4 km) 7 Injuries Caused $500,000 in damages
F2 Hinds, Rankin 32°17′N 90°16′W / 32.28°N 90.27°W / 32.28; -90.27 1345 31.9 miles (51.3 km) 6 Injuries Caused $500,000 in damages
F2 Clay 33°40′N 88°47′W / 33.67°N 88.78°W / 33.67; -88.78 1445 4.7 miles (7.6 km)
F1 Tishomingo 34°44′N 88°16′W / 34.73°N 88.27°W / 34.73; -88.27 1700 0.1 miles (0.2 km) 2 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages
Louisiana
F1 East Carroll 32°38′N 91°17′W / 32.63°N 91.28°W / 32.63; -91.28 1200 15.3 miles (24.6 km) 2 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages
F1 East Feliciana 30°55′N 91°08′W / 30.92°N 91.13°W / 30.92; -91.13 1200 0.5 miles (0.8 km) Caused $25,000 in damages
Tennessee
F1 Warren 34°44′N 88°16′W / 34.73°N 88.27°W / 34.73; -88.27 2100 0.2 miles (0.3 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
Illinois
F2 McLean 40°34′N 88°36′W / 40.57°N 88.6°W / 40.57; -88.6 2230 3 miles (4.8 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

April[edit]

There were 15 tornadoes confirmed in April.

April 2 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Sunday, April 2, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Arkansas
F3 Jackson 35°45′N 91°13′W / 35.75°N 91.22°W / 35.75; -91.22 2130 2.5 miles (4.0 km) 1 Death 8 Injuries Caused $2,500 in damages.
F1 Mississippi 35°59′N 89°55′W / 35.98°N 89.92°W / 35.98; -89.92 0000 0.8 miles (1.3 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
Oklahoma
F2 Lincoln 35°49′N 97°01′W / 35.82°N 97.02°W / 35.82; -97.02 0000 1 mile (1.6 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.

April 3 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Tuesday, April 3, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Oklahoma
F1 Tulsa 36°08′N 95°50′W / 36.13°N 95.83°W / 36.13; -95.83 2215 1 mile (1.6 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.

April 18 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Tuesday, April 18, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Alabama
F3 Mobile 30°40′N 88°12′W / 30.67°N 88.2°W / 30.67; -88.2 0730 14 miles (22.5 km) 15 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages.
F2 Baldwin 30°42′N 87°55′W / 30.7°N 87.92°W / 30.7; -87.92 0745 2 miles (3.2 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.

April 24 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Monday, April 24, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Louisiana
F1 Ascension 30°06′N 90°02′W / 30.1°N 90.03°W / 30.1; -90.03 1345 2 miles (3.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

April 27 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Thursday, April 27, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
South Carolina
F1 Berkeley 33°04′N 80°00′W / 33.07°N 80.0°W / 33.07; -80.0 2200 0.7 miles (1.1 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

April 28 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Friday, April 28, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Oklahoma
F3 Kiowa, Washita 34°53′N 99°17′W / 34.88°N 99.28°W / 34.88; -99.28 2017 20.8 miles (33.5 km) 1 Death 1 Injury Large 3/4-mile-wide tornado caused $750,000 in damages.
F4 Hughes 35°05′N 96°24′W / 35.08°N 96.4°W / 35.08; -96.4 0105 4.5 miles (7.2 km) 5 Deaths 32 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
F2 Coal 34°33′N 96°12′W / 34.55°N 96.2°W / 34.55; -96.2 0130 0.8 miles (1.3 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
Kansas
F1 Coffey 38°07′N 95°51′W / 38.12°N 95.85°W / 38.12; -95.85 2017 19.8 miles (31.9 km) 1 Death 1 Injury Caused $750,000 in damages.
Texas
F4 Callahan 32°25′N 99°30′W / 32.42°N 99.5°W / 32.42; -99.5 0000 1.3 miles (2.1 km) 5 Deaths 5 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.

April 29 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Saturday, April 29, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Mississippi
F2 Marion 31°16′N 89°50′W / 31.27°N 89.83°W / 31.27; -89.83 1800 11.3 miles (18.2 km) Caused $250,000 in damages.
Texas
F1 Comanche 31°54′N 98°36′W / 31.9°N 98.6°W / 31.9; -98.6 2130 11.5 miles (18.5 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

May[edit]

There were 61 tornadoes confirmed in May.

May 1 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Monday, May 1, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Louisiana
F1 Natchitoches 31°42′N 93°18′W / 31.7°N 93.3°W / 31.7; -93.3 0700 2 miles (3.2 km) Caused $250,000 in damages.
F1 Winn 31°57′N 92°38′W / 31.95°N 92.63°W / 31.95; -92.63 1630 15.4 miles (24.8 km) Caused $250,000 in damages.
F2 Natchitoches 31°33′N 92°54′W / 31.55°N 92.9°W / 31.55; -92.9 1725 3.6 miles (5.8 km) 7 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
F1 Concordia 31°23′N 91°44′W / 31.38°N 91.73°W / 31.38; -91.73 1730 1 mile (1.6 km) 2 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages.
F0 La Salle 31°45′N 92°15′W / 31.75°N 92.25°W / 31.75; -92.25 1730 1 mile (1.6 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
Mississippi
F1 Jefferson 31°44′N 91°04′W / 31.73°N 91.07°W / 31.73; -91.07 1100 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
F? Adams 31°33′N 91°23′W / 31.55°N 91.38°W / 31.55; -91.38 1500 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

May 2 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Tuesday, May 2, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Louisiana
F1 Grant, Winn 31°40′N 92°54′W / 31.67°N 92.9°W / 31.67; -92.9 0800 32.8 miles (52.8 km) 1 Injury Caused $500,000 in damages.
F2 Catahoula 31°33′N 91°58′W / 31.55°N 91.97°W / 31.55; -91.97 0800 2 miles (3.2 km) 1 Death 5 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.

May 4 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Thursday, May 4, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Kansas
F1 Rush 38°41′N 99°19′W / 38.68°N 99.32°W / 38.68; -99.32 0200 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
F4 Barton, Pawnee 38°02′N 99°07′W / 38.03°N 99.12°W / 38.03; -99.12 0510 34.3 miles (55.2 km) 1 Injury Caused $500,000 in damages.
Texas
F2 Ochiltree 36°24′N 100°48′W / 36.4°N 100.8°W / 36.4; -100.8 0230 1.9 miles (3.1 km) 1 Death 13 Injuries Caused $250,000 in damages.
Iowa
F1 Mills 40°57′N 95°44′W / 40.95°N 95.73°W / 40.95; -95.73 0300 0.1 miles (0.2 km)
Oklahoma
F2 Beckham 35°15′N 99°33′W / 35.25°N 99.55°W / 35.25; -99.55 0330 5.6 miles (9.0 km) Half-mile-wide tornado caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Custer 35°35′N 99°10′W / 35.58°N 99.17°W / 35.58; -99.17 0330 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
F2 Woodward 36°34′N 99°34′W / 36.57°N 99.57°W / 36.57; -99.57 0345 1 mile (1.6 km) Caused $250,000 in damages.

May 5 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Friday, May 5, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Kansas
F3 Jackson, Brown 39°37′N 95°37′W / 39.62°N 95.62°W / 39.62; -95.62 0930 17.3 miles (27.8 km) 12 Injuries Large 3/4-mile-wide tornado caused $500,000 in damages.

May 7 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Sunday, May 7, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Oklahoma
F1 Ellis 36°18′N 99°48′W / 36.3°N 99.8°W / 36.3; -99.8 0030 0.1 miles (0.2 km)
F2 Kingfisher 36°07′N 97°50′W / 36.12°N 97.83°W / 36.12; -97.83 0500 4.3 miles (6.9 km) 3 Injuries Caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Payne 36°00′N 97°00′W / 36.0°N 97.0°W / 36.0; -97.0 0500 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.

May 8 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Monday, May 8, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
South Dakota
F1 Hutchinson 43°23′N 97°58′W / 43.38°N 97.97°W / 43.38; -97.97 1030 1 mile (1.6 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
Florida
F1 Volusia 29°08′N 81°21′W / 29.13°N 81.35°W / 29.13; -81.35 1900 0.3 miles (0.5 km) Caused $2,500 in damages.
Kansas
F2 Mitchell 39°21′N 98°29′W / 39.35°N 98.48°W / 39.35; -98.48 0030 12.6 miles (20.3 km) Enormous mile-wide tornado caused $250,000 in damages.
F2 Jewell 39°34′N 98°18′W / 39.57°N 98.3°W / 39.57; -98.3 0100 6.8 miles (10.9 km) 1 Injury Caused $25,000 in damages.
F2 Osborne 39°14′N 98°57′W / 39.23°N 98.95°W / 39.23; -98.95 0130 19.6 miles (31.5 km) 2 Injuries Large 3/4-mile-wide tornado caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Cloud 39°24′N 97°39′W / 39.4°N 97.65°W / 39.4; -97.65 0317 0.1 miles (0.2 km) 1 Injury Caused $25,000 in damages.
F1 Republic 39°43′N 97°46′W / 39.72°N 97.77°W / 39.72; -97.77 0330 0.1 miles (0.2 km)
Iowa
F2 Montgomery 41°02′N 95°16′W / 41.03°N 95.27°W / 41.03; -95.27 0120 0.1 miles (0.2 km)
Nebraska
F2 Nemaha 40°23′N 95°48′W / 40.38°N 95.8°W / 40.38; -95.8 0410 8.8 miles (14.2 km) 1 Injury Large 3/4-mile-wide tornado caused $25,000 in damages.

May 9 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Tuesday, May 9, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Kansas
F? Riley 39°12′N 96°35′W / 39.2°N 96.58°W / 39.2; -96.58 0601 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.
Oklahoma
F1 Pontotoc 34°46′N 96°50′W / 34.77°N 96.83°W / 34.77; -96.83 0420 0.1 miles (0.2 km) Caused $25,000 in damages.

May 10 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - Wednesday, May 10, 1950
F#
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Wyoming
F2 Uinta 41°11′N 110°25′W / 41.18°N 110.42°W / 41.18; -110.42 1900 2 miles (3.2 km)

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