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Tornado Track Map for Dewey County, OK
 
Dewey 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)
  04/14/1939 2300 65 n   7 19 Dewey/ Woodward/ Major/ Woods Near Vici - near Waynoka - near Hopeton - near Alva - Capron - just inside KS
  05/31/1947 1930 18 660   6 15 Roger Mills/ Dewey Western Roger Mills county - near Leedey
  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?)
Dewey County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 05/16/1950 1930 7 100 F1 0 1 Dewey near Aledo
2 05/19/1951 1930 2 67 F2 0 0 Dewey 3 S Taloga
3 04/08/1952 1645 46 100 F0 0 0 Beckham/ Roger Mills/ Dewey 3 SW Sayre - near Leedey [not continuous]
4 04/20/1952 1530 0.1 20 F1 0 0 Harmon/ Beckham/ Roger Mills/ Dewey 2 S Vinson; 4 E Erick; near Sayre; 10 NWW Leedey - near Vici [not continuous]
5 04/29/1954 1500 33 10 F2 0 0 Roger Mills/ Ellis/ Dewey northern Roger Mills county - southern Ellis county - near Vici
6 04/29/1954 1730 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Dewey Near Camargo - near Cestos
7 05/25/1955 2030 5 300 F2 0 1 Dewey near Camargo
8 06/17/1956 1600 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Dewey 3 NE Leedey
9 07/01/1956 1830 0.1 10 F1 0 1 Dewey near Leedey
10 06/19/1958 1530 1.5 30 F1 0 0 Dewey near Seiling
11 05/03/1959 1930 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Dewey 3 N Leedey
12 05/04/1959 1630 7 300 F1 0 0 Dewey 6 SE- 9 E Vici
13 05/04/1959 1700 0.3 100 F1 0 0 Dewey SE of Seiling
14 04/30/1961 1400 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Dewey NE of Leedey
15 04/30/1961 1400 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Dewey SE of Vici
16 04/30/1961 1400 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Dewey W of Taloga
17 05/04/1961 1600 1 400 F1 0 0 Dewey Leedey
18 05/04/1961 1615 1 400 F2 0 0 Dewey Leedey
19 05/01/1964 1540 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Dewey Just SW of Taloga
20 05/05/1964 2315 1 400 F1 0 0 Dewey 9 SE Seiling
21 07/25/1964 1510 0.1 500 F0 0 0 Dewey 8 WNW Taloga
22 05/06/1965 1900 0.1 10 F0 0 1 Dewey Near Oakwood
23 09/20/1965 1700 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Dewey Near Rhea
24 09/20/1965 1700 0.5 100 F0 0 0 Dewey 6 SW Taloga
25 06/27/1969 1800 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Dewey 5 SE Seiling
26 06/27/1969 1957 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Dewey 5 SE Taloga
27 04/19/1972 1415 16 77 F2 0 0 Dewey Lenora - 10 E Seiling
28 06/08/1975 1958 2 50 F1 0 0 Dewey 2 SW Leedey
29 03/02/1977 1445 4 300 F1 0 0 Dewey 5 W- 4 NW Oakwood
30 08/02/1977 1730 8 10 F2 0 0 Dewey/ Blaine 4 SE- 12 SE Oakwood
31 08/21/1979 1510 9 10 F0 0 0 Dewey 8 SW Seiling- near Seiling
32 10/16/1980 0400 10 400 F1 0 3 Dewey 2 SW Taloga - 2 E Seiling
33 05/15/1982 2330 0.5 50 F2 0 0 Dewey 2 N Putnam
34 05/19/1982 1940 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Dewey Camargo
35 04/20/1984 1455 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Dewey 4 NW Taloga
36 10/31/1984 1819 6 200 F2 0 0 Dewey 5 E Camargo- 2 W Lenora
37 03/26/1991 1825 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Dewey 2 S Cestos
38 05/15/1991 2223 0.3 30 F0 0 0 Dewey 4 S Cestos
39 09/05/1992 1926 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Dewey Near Taloga
40 09/05/1992 1945 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Dewey 1 W Taloga
41 09/05/1992 1955 0.2 40 F0 0 0 Dewey 8 S Taloga
42 09/21/1998 1645 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Dewey/ Blaine 2 W Canton
43 04/17/2002 2233-2147 8 600 F3 0 0 Dewey/ Woodward 10 WSW Seiling (near Cestos) - 6 ESE Mutual
44 05/05/2002 2110-2114 1 75 F1 0 0 Dewey 5.5 ESE - 4 E Seiling
45 03/27/2004 1320 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Dewey 5 WSW Vici
46 03/20/2006 1618 0.2 20 F0 0 0 Dewey 1 E Putnam
47 05/05/2007 2150-2230 17 600 EF2 0 0 Ellis/ Dewey/ Woodward 9 ESE Harmon - 6 ENE Sharon
48 05/19/2010 1424-1430 6 40 EF0 0 0 Dewey 4 NNW Leedey - 4.5 SSW Camargo
49 05/24/2011 1420-1444 13 880 EF3 1 2 Dewey/ Blaine/ Major 3 W Canton - Canton Lake - 6 WSW Fairview
50 04/26/2013 1731-1733 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Dewey 6 N Putnam
51 05/06/2015 1733 0.3 30 EF0 0 0 Dewey 10 ESE Seiling
52 05/16/2015 1605 0.5 50 EF1 0 0 Dewey 5 NNE Leedey
53 05/18/2017 1511 0.2 50 EF? 0 0 Dewey 6 WSW Seiling
54 06/15/2019 1940-1950 3 100 EF1 0 0 Dewey/ Custer 2.5 SE - 3 S Putnam
 

Significant Tornadoes in Dewey 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 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, OK 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.

  05/31/1947 1930 18 800   7 15 Roger Mills/Dewey Western Roger Mills County - near Leedey

This violent tornado formed at 7:30 pm CST in rural eastern Roger Mills County about 15 miles west-southwest of Leedey, OK. The tornado unroofed the Three Corner School near its touchdown point before slowly moving east-northeast and crossing into Dewey County. The tornado then hit Leedey and slowly ground through the northern two-thirds of the town before dissipating 3 miles east-northeast of Leedey. The tornado was slow moving and highly visible, and Leedey residents had 30-45 minutes to take cover from the approaching storm. A warning sounded by siren and loud-speaker sent many of the city's residents, who were busy with Saturday evening shopping, into storm cellars well before the arrival of the tornado.

The twister took about 5 minutes to cut a swath a half mile wide through Leedey, and it destroyed 75 percent of the business district, including 20 buildings in a thirty-block area. Many homes and businesses were swept clean by the tornado, and several inches of top soil were vacuumed from the ground in some of the affected areas. A total of 147 homes were destroyed and another 200 or 300 homes were damaged. Seven people were killed by the tornado and 15 people were injured. These totals may have been much higher if the tornado had occurred undetected after dark. It is possible that the slow movement of the storm lent to the F5 appearance of the damage, and winds of less than F5 intensity may have been responsible for the worst damage.

  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.