1967 St. Louis tornado outbreak

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1967 St. Louis tornado outbreak
TypeTornado outbreak
DurationJanuary 24, 1967
Tornadoes confirmed32 confirmed
Max rating1F4 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak21 day
Casualties7 fatalities, 225+ injuries
Areas affectedMissouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The 1967 St. Louis tornado outbreak was the rare winter outbreak that occurred on January 24, 1967. Thirty-two tornadoes broke out from Oklahoma to Wisconsin. Fourteen tornadoes struck Iowa, nine in Missouri, eight in Illinois, and one in Wisconsin.

This outbreak broke a major record; the lone F3 tornado reported in Wisconsin was the farthest north in the United States that a tornado had ever occurred in January at the time. This would later happen again on January 7, 2008 when several tornadoes hit southeastern Wisconsin with a similar system; this outbreak is also possibly the farthest north a tornado outbreak has occurred in the winter.

The tornadoes broke ahead of a deep storm system. Several temperature records were broken in the Midwest on this day. One of the most notable tornadoes struck St. Louis County, Missouri where three people were killed and 216 were injured. The tornado ranked at F4 on the Fujita scale.

Two more tornadoes were reported in Newton County and Jasper County in southwestern Missouri just after midnight on January 26.

The next day thunderstorms produced sleet, freezing rain, and snow in St. Louis. Three days later, on January 27, a blizzard crippled Chicago, dumping 23 inches (58 cm) of snow on the city.

Tornado table[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 3 4 17 6 2 0 32

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
F2 N of De Kalb Buchanan 1750 6.1 miles
(9.8 km)
A concrete barn was leveled, along with other barns and outbuildings. Homes lost their roofs, along with some walls.[1]
F2 NW of Lawson Clinton 1835 2.5 miles
(4 km)
F3 SW of Buckner to SW of Richmond Jackson, Ray 1840 14.5 miles
(23.2 km)
2 deaths – 2 students were killed at a high school in Orrick when the roof collapsed. 2 homes were destroyed and another lost its second story. Barns and outbuildings were leveled along the path.[1]
F0 W of Polo Caldwell 1850 2 miles
(3.2 km)
F0 E of Sturges Livingston 2000 0.1 mile
(0.16 km)
F1 SW of Pennville Sullivan 2020 7.3 miles
(11.7 km)
A barn and several outbuildings were destroyed.[1]
F4 SE of Queen City, Missouri to SE of Pulaski, Iowa Schuyler, Missouri, Scotland, Davis, Iowa 2045 25.7 miles
(41.1 km)
5 farms were destroyed, 2 of which had every structure leveled. 20 other farms were damaged.[1]
F1 SW of Glendale Putnam 2045 2.5 miles
(4 km)
F4 NE of Chesterfield to NE of Spanish Lake St. Louis 0055 25 miles
(40 km)
3 deaths – Tornado moved through the St. Louis suburbs striking Maryland Heights, St.Ann, Lambert Field, and Spanish Lake. 168 homes were destroyed and 1740 others were damaged. Some of the homes were leveled. A nursing home was also badly damaged.[1]
F3 N of Selma Van Buren 2115 25 miles
(40 km)
Tornado badly damaged several homes, some of which lost roofs and walls. Barns and outbuildings were destroyed as well.[1]
F1 Washington area Washington 2145 1 mile
(1.6 km)
F0 N of Winfield Henry 2150 0.1 mile
(0.16 km)
F2 N of Fredonia Louisa 2200 3 miles
(4.8 km)
F3 SW of Wever Lee 2215 4.3 miles
(6.9 km)
1 death – Two homes were destroyed, one of which only had one wall left standing.[1]
F2 NE of Wever Lee 2220 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Homes had their roofs torn off and barns were destroyed. Trailers were destroyed as well, injuring 4 people.
F2 NE of Cairo Louisa 2220 2 miles
(3.2 km)
F2 S of Wheatland Clinton 2245 2 miles
(3.2 km)
F2 N of Dixon Scott 2250 2 miles
(3.2 km)
A truck and a car were thrown from a road. Barns were destroyed and homes had their windows blown out.[1]
F2 N of Davenport Scott 2311 2 miles
(3.2 km)
F2 NW of Elvira Clinton 2315 1 mile
(1.6 km)
F2 S of Tenmile Clinton 2315 0.1 mile
(0.16 km)
A warehouse and several barns were destroyed. Homes nearby had their roofs torn off.[1]
F2 W of Muscatine Muscatine unknown unknown A house was unroofed and torn apart.[1]
F2 E of Illinois City Rock Island unknown unknown Several homes were damaged at the south edge of town. One farm house had its roof torn off.[1]
F2 N of Biggsville Henderson 2240 5.7 miles
(9.1 km)
Barns and outbuildings were destroyed.[1]
F3 Mount Carroll area Carroll 2330 7.4 miles
(11.8 km)
Struck the NW side of town where 3 homes were destroyed. Barns were destroyed and extensive roof damage occurred.[1]
F1 N of Sadora Mason 2330 4.5 miles
(7.2 km)
Moved parallel to the Snicarte tornado.[1]
F3 NE of Snicarte Mason 2330 5.1 miles
(8.2 km)
1 death – Homes and outbuildings were destroyed. 3 people were injured and one person was thrown over 200 feet and killed.[1]
F2 SW of Eureka Tazewell, Woodford 0030 3.3 miles
(5.3 km)
F2 S of Virden Macoupin 0050 2.5 miles
(4 km)
F2 NW of Metamora Woodford 0050 2.5 miles
(4 km)
F2 Champaign-Urbana area Champaign 0240 10.4 miles
(16.6 km)
A trailer was destroyed and scattered, two others were overturned, and two more were damaged. One house had its roof torn off.[1]
F3 S of Brodhead to NE of Janesville Green, Rock 0010 24.9 miles
(39.8 km)
Barns were destroyed and a country club lost its roof and two walls.[1]
Source: Tornado History Project - January 24, 1967 Storm Data

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Grazulis, Thomas P (July 1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991. St. Johnsbury, Vermont: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. ISBN 1-879362-03-1.

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