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Tornado Track Map for Canadian County, OK
 
Canadian County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  05/02/1899 2300 2 100   0 svrl Canadian 2 W Calumet - Calumet
  05/18/1903 1730 55 200   0   Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Logan NW Oklahoma County - NE of Guthrie
  04/20/1912 1600   400   1 1 Canadian 3 W of Yukon
  04/27/1912 1230 85 880   15 39 Kiowa/ Washita/ Caddo/ Canadian Lugert - near Hobart - Colony - near Hinton - near Calumet
  04/11/1927 1800 52 500   1 7 Caddo/ Grady/ Canadian Near Alfalfa - near Mustang
  06/09/1937 1630 35 320   4 7 Canadian/ Cleveland W of Union City - SE of Mustang - near Moore (possibly series)
  05/21/1940 l af 1 17   0 0 Canadian 1.5 E Mustang
  03/15/1942 2310 12 1760   0 1 Canadian/ Kingfisher Okarche - E of Kingfisher
Canadian County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 02/19/1951 1830 44 20 F2 0 5 Caddo/ Canadian/ Kingfisher Spring Creek community (8 NE Gracemont) - Ft. Reno - 6 E Okarche (southern Kingfisher County)
2 07/07/1952 1330 4 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 6 WSW Mustang
3 04/14/1953 1850 16 440 F2 0 0 Canadian/ Grady 5 SW Yukon - 8 E Tuttle
4 11/18/1953 2240 0.1 17 F0 0 0 Canadian 2.5 E El Reno
5 04/29/1954 2100 2 10 F2 0 0 Canadian 3 WSW Yukon
6 06/03/1956 0355 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Canadian just W of Mustang
7 06/03/1956 0355 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Canadian just W of Mustang - Mustang
8 07/02/1956 1837 16 400 F2 0 0 Canadian 15 SW - 1.5 E El Reno
9 04/22/1957 2015 31 10 F2 0 0 Caddo/ Canadian between Binger and Eakly - N of Calumet
10 05/22/1957 1030 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Canadian 5 SE Yukon
11 06/12/1957 1000 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Canadian 6 W Calumet
12 03/25/1959 1445 0.5 200 F1 0 0 Canadian 1 N El Reno
13 03/26/1961 1430 n/a 10 F2 0 0 Canadian 5 NW El Reno
14 04/08/1961 1545 1.3 100 F2 0 0 Canadian 6 ESE El Reno
15 04/30/1961 1730 1 200 F2 0 0 Canadian near Piedmont
16 04/30/1961 1800 0.5 10 F2 0 0 Canadian 11 W El Reno
17 05/04/1961 1815 9 10 F2 0 0 Canadian SW of Okarche
18 05/04/1961 1845 13 10 F1 0 0 Canadian S of Okarche - Piedmont
19 05/04/1961 2025 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Canadian N of Yukon
20 06/16/1963 0310 0.8 150 F2 0 0 Canadian Near Union City
21 05/01/1964 1630 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 5 WSW Yukon - NW Oklahoma City
22 06/10/1967 2135 17 10 F0 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 4 N El Reno - 3 NW Lake Hefner
23 04/29/1970 2225 171 250 F2 0 2 Jackson/ Kiowa/ Caddo/ Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Logan/ Payne Near Olustee - 5 S Stillwater [tornado family. Not continuous path]
24 04/30/1970 0100 47 500 F2 0 6 Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma 4 NW Pocasset - Mustang - Oklahoma City - 2 W Arcadia
25 06/11/1970 1410 13 100 F3 0 1 Canadian/ Oklahoma S of Yukon - Oklahoma City (near NW 150th/MacArthur)
26 06/19/1970 1745 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Canadian Near Piedmont
27 05/24/1973 1600 13 300 F4 2 4 Canadian WNW of Union City- Union City- SE of Union City
28 06/04/1973 1800 2 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 2 NE Yukon
29 04/20/1974 1500 64 100 F3 0 3 Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Lincoln SW of Minco - 2 SE Mustang - S Oklahoma City - Del City - Midlothian
30 05/23/1974 1835 0.1 100 F1 0 0 Canadian Near I-40/Mustang Road
31 04/30/1978 1740 2 50 F1 0 0 Canadian S part of El Reno
32 04/30/1978 1740 6 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 3 E El Reno - 2 SW Richland
33 04/30/1978 1755 7 70 F0 0 0 Canadian 4 WSW Richland - Richland - 1 NE Richland
34 04/30/1978 1757 6 77 F0 0 0 Canadian 2 W Richland - 1 S Piedmont
35 04/30/1978 1820 9 1760 F4 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 2 S Piedmont- NW Oklahoma City- 9 W Edmond
36 06/21/1978 1115 1.5 40 F1 0 0 Canadian 3 W- 3 WNW Calumet
37 08/22/1979 1814 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Canadian 2 W Piedmont
38 08/22/1979 1855 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Canadian 3 W Union City
39 11/20/1979 1420 0.2 27 F1 0 0 Canadian SW of El Reno
40 05/22/1981 1849 17 1333 F4 0 0 Caddo/ Canadian 1 W Binger- 11 WNW Union City
41 05/22/1981 1932 2 100 F1 0 0 Canadian 5 WNW Union City
42 05/30/1982 1940 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Canadian W of El Reno
43 05/17/1983 2155 10 200 F2 0 0 Canadian 5 WNW- 7 NNE El Reno
44 06/15/1988 1215 1 20 F0 0 0 Canadian 3 N Union City
45 05/15/1990 1705 5 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 10 SW Calumet
46 05/26/1990 1851 0.1 23 F0 0 0 Canadian 1 N Concho
47 03/26/1991 2343 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Canadian 1 W Union City
48 04/12/1991 1505 1 30 F0 0 0 Canadian 8 WNW- 7 NW Calumet
49 05/11/1992 1120 6 73 F0 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher Piedmont- 2 SW Cashion
50 10/07/1992 1455 0.2 23 F1 0 3 Canadian SW Oklahoma City (near SW 27th/ Czech Hall)
51 06/03/1995 2025-2030 5 200 F1 0 0 Canadian 3 NNE Union City- 5 SE El Reno
52 06/13/1998 1815 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Canadian 5 WNW El Reno
53 06/13/1998 1817-1822 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Canadian 4 NW El Reno
54 06/13/1998 1845 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Canadian 2 WNW Yukon
55 05/03/1999 1758-1807 4 100 F0 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher 1.5 W Okarche - 4 N Okarche
56 05/03/1999 1800 0.2 n/a F0 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher Okarche
57 05/03/1999 1903 0.1 n/a F0 0 0 Canadian 2.5 WNW Union City
58 05/03/1999 1913-1914 0.8 100 F0 0 0 Canadian 2 NNE Union City
59 05/03/1999 1916-1918 1 n/a F0 0 0 Canadian 4 NNE Union City - 5 NNE Union City
60 05/03/1999 1925 0.1 n/a F0 0 0 Canadian 3 ESE El Reno
61 05/03/1999 1929-1941 9 n/a F1 0 0 Canadian/ Blaine/ Kingfisher 3 NNE Geary - 7 S Omega
62 05/03/1999 1934-1946 6 150 F1 0 0 Canadian 6 WNW Yukon - 3 W Piedmont
63 05/03/1999 1948-2000 8 200 F2 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher 1.5 W Piedmont - 6 NNW Piedmont
64 05/03/1999 1958-2022 10 150 F1 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher N side of Piedmont - 2 W Cashion - 4 NW Cashion
65 05/03/1999 2056-2058 1 50 F0 0 0 Canadian SW Edge of El Reno
66 05/03/1999 2103-2137 22 350 F3 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher 1 NNE El Reno - 8 SE Kingfisher
67 10/22/2000 1636 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Canadian 5 SSE Calumet (at I-40 near MM 117)
68 05/09/2003 2053-2054 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 3.9 N - 4 N Union City
69 03/27/2004 1854 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Canadian 2 SSW Okarche
70 05/29/2004 1817-1915 20 1760 F2 0 0 Blaine/ Canadian/ Kingfisher 9 WNW Geary - 11.2 W Okarche
71 05/29/2004 1904-1914 5 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 2 N - 4.5 ENE Calumet
72 05/29/2004 1914-1920 2 20 F1 0 0 Canadian 4 NNE Calumet - 3.5 WNW Concho
73 05/29/2004 1922 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Canadian 2 NW Concho
74 05/29/2004 1945-1947 1 50 F1 0 0 Canadian 6.5 W - 5.5 W Piedmont
75 04/24/2006 1823-1838 3 30 F1 0 0 Canadian 5.5 W -3.1 WSW El Reno
76 04/24/2006 1830-1842 3 200 F1 0 0 Canadian 5.1 SW - 5 SSW El Reno
77 03/29/2007 1505-1525 8 50 EF2 0 5 Canadian NW Oklahoma City: near NW 39th/Sara (2 E Yukon) - N of Memorial Road / Morgan Road (3.5 ESE Piedmont)
78 05/08/2007 2226-2230 2 40 EF0 0 0 Canadian 2.4 W - 3.8 NW Union City
79 05/08/2007 2243-2250 1.8 150 EF1 0 0 Canadian El Reno (just SW of I-40/US-81 - just S of Choctaw Rd/Elm Rd. [2.5 SSE - 1 S El Reno]
80 05/08/2007 2308 0.6 80 EF1 0 0 Canadian 5 WSW Piedmont
81 05/08/2007 2321 0.2 30 EF1 0 0 Canadian 3 NNW Piedmont
82 08/19/2007 0100-0106 3 30 EF0 0 0 Caddo/ Canadian 1.7 ENE Cogar - 9 W Union City
83 08/19/2007 0132-0138 7 75 EF1 0 0 Grady/ Canadian 1 ESE Minco - 1 N Union City
84 05/07/2008 1557-1609 8 120 EF1 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 1 E Yukon - 1 ENE Warr Acres
85 05/10/2010 1546-1552 7 30 EF0 0 0 Canadian/ Kingfisher/ Logan 5.5 N Piedmont - 0.5 E Cashion
86 05/10/2010 1546-1554 4 40 EF0 0 0 Canadian 3.5 NNE Union City - 6 SE El Reno
87 05/24/2011 1450-1635 63 1760 EF5 9 181 Canadian/ Kingfisher/ Logan 4 ESE Hinton - El Reno - Piedmont - Cashion - 4 NE Guthrie
88 05/24/2011 1537-1539 1.5 50 EF0 0 0 Canadian 3 NW Richland
89 04/13/2012 2352-2355 2 75 EF1 0 0 Canadian Oklahoma City (1 N - 3 NNW Mustang; near SW 54th St/Mustang - near SW 29th St/Tucson)
90 05/29/2012 1926-1928 1 30 EF1 0 0 Canadian 2 SW Piedmont (near NW 150th St/Richland Rd)
91 05/29/2012 2015-2016 1 30 EF0 0 0 Canadian 2.5 WSW Union City
92 05/29/2013 1600 0.2 20 EF1 0 0 Canadian 6 W Calumet
93 05/31/2013 1655-1656 0.4 30 EF0 0 0 Canadian 7 S Calumet
94 05/31/2013 1703-1744 16 4576 EF3 8 26 Canadian 8 S Calumet - 5.5 S El Reno - 6 SSW Richland
95 05/31/2013 1712-1713 0.5 120 EF0 0 0 Canadian 5 NW Union City
96 05/31/2013 1713-1714 0.5 350 EF0 0 0 Canadian 5.5 SSW El Reno
97 05/31/2013 1729-1741 5 150 EF2 0 1 Canadian 6.5 W - 4.5 SW Yukon
98 05/31/2013 1751-1809 6 600 EF1 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 5 SE Yukon (NW of SW 15th/Morgan) - W Oklahoma City (near SW 15th/Meridian)
99 05/31/2013 1755-1757 0.5 50 EF0 0 0 Canadian 6 S El Reno
100 03/25/2015 1712 0.7 50 EF0 0 0 Canadian 6 WSW - 5 WSW Yukon
101 04/26/2016 1908-1912 4 50 EF0 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 1 NE Mustang (near SW 59th/Sara - SW Oklahoma City (NE of SW 29th/County Line Road)
102 05/18/2017 1605-1610 3 50 EF0 0 0 Canadian/ Blaine 4 SE - 5.5 E Greenfield
103 05/25/2019 2128-2132 2.2 75 EF3 2 29 Canadian 2 S - 2.5 ESE El Reno
 

Significant Tornadoes in Canadian County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
05/24/1973 1600 13 300 F4 2 4 Canadian WNW of Union City - Union City - SE of Union City

This violent tornado touched down several miles west-northwest of Union City and moved east-southeastward through the city before it turned more southeastward for several miles.  An estimated $1 million of damage was done in Union City, with 27 homes and 18 mobile homes destroyed.  In addition, 20 homes sustained major damage and 23 homes had minor damage.  Severe commercial buildings and churches were also heavily damaged.  Farm animals were killed and crops damaged.  A total of six people were killed and two people were seriously injured. It was noted that the intensity and destruction of this tornado was immense. There were also two funnels aloft reported in the area at the time of the event. This was one of the most thoroughly studied tornadoes in history, as multiple research scientists from the National Severe Storms Laboratory documented the event through experimental Doppler radar and storm chase teams.

  05/22/1981 1849 17 1333 F4 0 0 Caddo/ Canadian 1 W Binger- 11 WNW Union City

This large tornado formed a mile west of Binger, OK and moved northeast through northeastern Caddo County and southwestern Canadian County before dissipating at the Canadian River, 11 miles west and 3 miles north of Union City. This large, intense tornado created projectiles from refrigerators automobiles, trucks, combines, and utility poles. Dead cattle were founded hanging from denuded trees. Large oil storage tanks, butane tanks, and motor vehicles  were moved to distances up to a half mile by the tornadic winds. Fortunately, all farmsteads in the path of the tornado had underground shelters, and the occupants were able to take shelter during the the storm. The tornado was rated F4, and a Fujita Scale damage path map shows the tornado path length, width and approximate damage intensity.

05/24/2011 1450-1635 63 1760 EF5 9 181 Canadian/ Kingfisher/ Logan 4 ESE Hinton (14 SW Calumet) - near Calumet - El Reno - Piedmont - Cashion - 4 NE Guthrie

This tornado began very close to the Caddo/Canadian County border and quickly became a strong/violent tornado. The tornado destroyed numerous trees, many of which were debarked, before crossing U.S. Interstate Highway 40. Three people died in vehicles near the I-40 Calumet exit, and two other fatalities occurred just northeast of that location. Cars were thrown thousands of feet off the roadways. It is believed that the tornado reached its maximum intensity just after crossing I-40, and it was here that a mobile radar measured winds of greater than 210 mph just off the surface.

The tornado side-swiped the El Reno Oklahoma Mesonet station (located 5 miles west of El Reno) along its path, and the site measured wind gusts of 131 and 151 mph. From this location, the tornado continued northeast, narrowly missing the town of Piedmont. Widespread EF-3, occasional EF-4 damage occurred between El Reno and Piedmont. More widespread EF-4 damage was seen west and north of Piedmont. Especially hard hit was the Falcon Lake neighborhood, near the Kingfisher County border. Two children were killed at this location.

The tornado entered far southeast Kingfisher County before moving into Logan County. However, EF-3 damage occurred just over the Kingfisher County border, debarking trees and significantly damaging buildings. As the tornado continued northeast, the damage was mainly considered EF-2, with damage to mostly outbuildings and trees. The tornado then continued into Logan County.

The tornado moved into Logan County and resulted in two additional fatalities (both of whom were outside when the tornado struck) near Cashion. The tornado destroyed several manufactured homes (both double and single-wide) after entering Logan County. Large high-transmission line tresses collapsed. Trees were debarked with only stumps remaining. Several buildings had most of their exterior walls collapse, with only the inner walls remaining. EF-2 to occasionally EF-3 damage occurred as the tornado neared Guthrie. Luckily, most of the town of Guthrie was spared to the tornado as it moved west and then north of the center of the city. Finally, the tornado dissipated northeast of Guthrie with some minor tree damage. The tornado’s path total path length was 63 miles, and it was on the ground for nearly one hour and 45 minutes. This was the first EF-5 tornado to occur in Oklahoma since the Enhanced Fujita Scale was adopted by the National Weather Service in 2007.

05/31/2013 1703-1744 16 4576 EF3 8 26 Canadian 8 S Calumet - 5.5 S El Reno - 6 SSW Richland

On May 31, 2013, an intense, long-track tornado formed southwest of El Reno. This exceptionally wide tornado took a complex path, rapidly changing in both speed and direction. The tornado spared El Reno and its airport from a direct hit, tracking just south of those locations. The tornado damaged numerous homes along with a few businesses near El Reno. Additionally, intense sub-vortices destroyed crops in numerous fields in the area.

The tornado developed at 5:03 PM CST (6:03 PM CDT) just northeast of the intersection of Heaston and Reuter roads. Initially, the tornado moved to the southeast at 20 to 25 mph. At 5:09 PM CST, the tornado turned to the east, just south of Reno Road between Heaston and Brandley roads. The tornado continued to expand in size just southwest of the El Reno Municipal Air Park, where its speed increased to 30 to 40 mph. As the tornado passed just south of the airport, two satellite tornadoes formed briefly on the west side of the tornado.

At 5:19 PM CST the tornado crossed Highway 81 near Reno Road as it continued to expand in size. There, the tornado abruptly turned to the north, while also accelerating to greater than 50 mph. From 5:24 to 5:26 PM CST, the tornado reached its maximum in size and intensity near the intersection of Radio and Reuter roads. The tornado, still very large, slowed down as it approached U.S. Interstate Highway 40. From 5:27 to 5:35 PM CST the tornado made a loop just north of the interstate while decelerating to less than 10 mph. After 5:35 PM CST, the tornado moved east once again, and dissipated at 5:42 PM CST near the intersection of I-40 and Banner Road.

Eight people were killed in the tornado, all in vehicles. This included three severe storm researchers who were killed east of U.S. Highway 81 as the tornado overtook their position. Additionally, several other people were killed while attempting to escape the tornado near Highway 81. Finally, two people were killed along I-40 while waiting for the storm to pass.

The monetary damages were estimated. This tornado was well sampled by two separate mobile research radar teams – the University of Oklahoma RaXPol radar, and the Center for Severe Weather Research’s Doppler on Wheels. Both radars captured high temporal and spatial resolution data relatively close to the large tornado. Both radars measured winds in the tornado of more than 200 mph. The RaXPol radar data shows winds of at least 295 mph very close to the surface. These intense winds were present in very small sub-vortices within the larger tornado circulation. An analysis of the high resolution radar data combined with the results of the ground damage survey indicates that none of these intense sub-vortices impacted any structures in rural Canadian County. So despite the measured wind speeds, surveyors could not find any damage that would support a rating higher than EF-3 based solely on the damage indicators used with the EF scale.

The maximum tornado width was 2.6 miles. However, the damaging wind swath was much larger, as non-tornadic downdraft winds extended for at least a mile south of the tornado. Given the difficulty of separating this damage from tornadic damage, the OU RaXPol radar was used to help determine the width.

  05/25/2019 2128-2132 2.2 75 EF3 2 29 Canadian 2 S - 2.5 ESE El Reno

An intense QLCS tornado developed south of El Reno, just south of Interstate 40 and about a mile west of US-81. Initially the tornado affected rural areas, but as it moved east-northeast, it moved through the northwestern portion of an automobile dealership at the northwest corner of Interstate 40 and US-81. There it overturned or displaced a number of vehicles and removed the roof and collapsed many exterior walls of an automobile service building.

Immediately northeast of the automobile dealership, the tornado moved through the southeastern portion of a mobile home park destroying many mobile homes. Although the tornado was relatively narrow, the destruction of mobile homes was complete in the path while mobile homes just a couple of blocks away suffered minimal damage. Two residents of one mobile home were killed when their home was destroyed.

Just to the northeast of the mobile home park, the tornado hit a two-story motel. Most walls of the second story were collapsed in the portion of the motel that was in the most intense part of the tornado path and the tornado was rated EF3 at this motel.

Crossing US-81, the tornado significantly damaged another automotive service building and produced significant roof damage to a home on SE 27th Street. The tornado weakened as it moved east-northeast along and just north of SE 27th Street damaging trees before dissipating near Alfadale Road.

 

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.