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Note: This approximate tornado path has been generated from data provided by the NCDC.

The Tornado History Project generates approximate paths through separate historical archives provided by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Paths generated from the NCDC data are typically more detailed, but neither archive gives exact path information. There are several reasons that paths may be inaccurate:

  • Tornado touchdown and liftoff coordinates were recorded with only 2 digits of decimal precision (i.e. [33.72, -86.15] vs [33.71689, -86.15463]). As a consequence, the observed points on the map may be slightly off from actual. Note that beginning in 2009, up to 4 digits of decimal precision are given.
  • Coordinates have not historically been calculated via GPS (Global Positioning System). Thus, tornado touchdown and liftoff coordinates should be considered as estimates only.
  • Tornadoes may not have been in contact with the ground for the entire path as depicted on the map. Storm damage in any location depicted under the "path" should not be inferred.
  • Although paths are drawn as straight lines between any two sets of coordinates, the tornado may have "zigzagged" in some way.
  • Although paths are drawn as uniform thin lines on the map, it is likely that the tornado changed size over its lifetime. Damage in any location depicted under (or not under) the "path" should not be inferred.

Even with the above in mind, the data is the best available. If you see a path that is depicted incorrectly, please post a comment in the tornado forum indicating why you belive the path to be incorrect.

Paths generated from NCDC data are typically more detailed due to the way coordinates are listed in each archive:

  • SPC database - A maximum of 2 coordinates (touchdown and liftoff) is given for each tornado, or each state segment of a tornado if it is a multi-state tornado. Thus the vast majority of paths are depicted as simple straight lines.
  • NCDC database - Some tornadoes have mutliple sets of coordinates within any state, generally corresponding to entry and exit points by county. Thus, since more coordinates have been used to draw the path, the depicted path should be more accurate. Having said that, most tornadoes do not have additional path data in the NCDC archive. When they do, paths are drawn from the NCDC data.

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The following statistics and definitions are derived from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) historical tornado archive. The Tornado History Project can not guarantee the accuracy of the underlying data within the SPC historical tornado archive. However, the data as presented here is guaranteed to match the SPC data, except where noted.

Some definitions will not be given since they are obvious (i.e. "Date", "Time", etc...)
Special Note: This site uses a unique index number to identify each tornado. This index number is not a part of the official historical tornado archive.

E (Error) (tornado search table only) - A yellow box indicates that the tornado record contains a suspected error. A red box indicates that the tornado record contains an error and has been modified from the official source. Hover over the box for the error text.
Map/Forum (tornado search table only) - Clickable icons for further content related to a tornado.
State - The state or states affected by a tornado.
Fujita - The Fujita scale is an attempt to classify damage from a tornado. F0 being the least damaging, F5 the most. For 2007 and beyond, the Enhanced Fujita (EF) is given.
Fat. - The number of fatalities attributed to the tornado.
Inj. - The number of injuries attributed to the tornado.
Width - Width in yards. It is unclear if this indicates a maximum width or mean width.
Length - Length of tornado path in miles. Note the entire track length is not necessarily all on the ground (some tornadoes "hop and skip".)
Damage - Prior to 1996, this is a range by dollar amount. For 1996 and later, actual damage estimates are in millions.
Crop Loss - Added in 2007. Given in millions of dollars.
Lat/Lon - Contains two sets of coordinates:

  • Touchdown Latitude/Longitude - For single state tornadoes, and the overall record for multi-state tornadoes, the approximate touchdown location in decimal degrees. For the state specific records of multi-state tornadoes, entry point into the state in decimal degrees.
  • Liftoff Latitude/Longitude - For single state tornadoes, and the overall record for multi-state tornadoes, the approximate liftoff location in decimal degrees. For the state specific records of multi-state tornadoes, the exit or lift-off point from the state in decimal degrees.

St. #. - The state tornado number assigned to the tornado for that specific state for that specific year. Generally, state tornado numbers were assigned in the order the tornado occurred, but that is not always the case.
SPC # - The tornado number as assigned by the SPC. Tornado numbers are not unique and reset each year. Generally, tornado numbers were assigned in the order the tornado occurred, but that is not always the case.

Tornado Summary

Date (y/m/d)TimeFujitaFatalitiesInjuriesWidthLengthDamageCrop LossTouchdown Lat/LonLiftoff Lat/LonSPC #State #
2005-11-0601:39:00 332423850041.3$87.26-37.83 / -87.7838.1 / -87.051253
Affected StatesAffected Counties
Kentucky, Indiana Henderson, Vanderburgh, Henderson, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer

State Segments

Date (y/m/d)TimeFujitaFatalitiesInjuriesWidthLengthDamageCrop LossTouchdown Lat/LonLiftoff Lat/LonSPC #State #
2005-11-0601:39:00 33004005.5$0.1-37.83 / -87.7837.85 / -87.71253
Affected StatesAffected Counties
Kentucky Henderson
Date (y/m/d)TimeFujitaFatalitiesInjuriesWidthLengthDamageCrop LossTouchdown Lat/LonLiftoff Lat/LonSPC #State #
2005-11-0601:45:00 33004004.2$0.15-37.87 / -87.737.9 / -87.61253
Affected StatesAffected Counties
Indiana Vanderburgh
Date (y/m/d)TimeFujitaFatalitiesInjuriesWidthLengthDamageCrop LossTouchdown Lat/LonLiftoff Lat/LonSPC #State #
2005-11-0601:50:00 33084003.1$5M-$50M-37.88 / -87.5837.9 / -87.551253
Affected StatesAffected Counties
Kentucky Henderson
Date (y/m/d)TimeFujitaFatalitiesInjuriesWidthLengthDamageCrop LossTouchdown Lat/LonLiftoff Lat/LonSPC #State #
2005-11-0601:54:00 332423050028.5$80.01-37.95 / -87.5538.1 / -87.051253
Affected StatesAffected Counties
Indiana Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer
User Comments   (2)      
General Comment
2008-01-14 21:25:12
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Evan Popchock
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I think that this tornado was the worst one on record for November in Evansville, Indiana. I felt sorry for those people that were affected because I don't think anyone living in Evansville was expecting a tornado in November. I've seen this event shown on Storm Stories many times before and it made me ache all over whenever they show those people that were injured because it made me imagine what it would have felt like. They started showing it on Storm Stories on March 14, 2006. I also am aware of this disaster because I heard about it on the morning news here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the following morning. This tornado hit at the worst time of the morning, when everyone was mostly asleep. I heard on the morning news the following day (Monday, Nov. 7) that many people said they didn't hear the sirens sound, even though they went off twice before the tornado hit. I have also read about this disaster in news headlines and in a book called "Nature's Extremes."

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2018-06-02 00:45:52
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I registered just to reply to this comment from 10 years ago because it fascinates me that this tornado was national news and someone from PA was so deeply unnerved by it, esp as someone who was a resident of the area when it happened. I lived on the Northside of Evansville at the time out in the county outside city limits (which have probably changed since I moved out of Vanderburgh county) and you were very right when you said no one expected this tornado. There had been tornados in the late-fall and winter months before (a notable one hit Owensboro in January of 2000 I believe) and our area is uniquely prone to nighttime tornados because of how the storms from the Plains progress into the valley. Usually, though, the tornados or storms are fairly weak and don't do much damage and just scare the piss out of residents for a bit.

This storm was different.

I was in high school at the time and I'd stayed up late to watch the storms come in so I could wake up the rest of my family in case things got weird. I think it was around 12-1am I fell asleep in front of the TV, and, no, I didn't hear the sirens, despite living less than a mile from a particularly loud one, and despite having a weather radio in my house at the time (it was in my brother's room upstairs, however, so why it didn't wake him up is a mystery). I woke up probably within 5 minutes of it being reported (I think it had just passed Ellis Park). Now, imagine this: I fell asleep to our local abc news station, the meteorologist was calm and sounding optimistic about the storms and said several times they were weakening and all we had were a couple severe tstorm warnings that were about to expire, so I fell asleep, and the next thing I saw were tornado warnings for Henderson and Warrick counties (the county to the south in KY and the county to the east in IN respectively) and the words "it's almost out of Vanderburgh county" and I lost my damn mind. Literally no one saw that coming or knew it was going to happen, it just seemed like a routine day of severe weather for us and everyone who woke to the news the next day was in a complete state of shock.

Tornados like that just don't happen that much around here and, while the community came together and recovery was as smooth as it could be, even 13 years later I still fear going to bed during a severe weather event in this area because "what if Nov 6 happens again?"

I have my own weather radio now and I obsessively keep an eye on severe weather even this far on, because I got complacent once, and if the track had been just 10 or so miles farther north, I wouldn't be here. Even though I wasn't hit by it, it changed my attitude toward severe weather completely, and similar scars can still be seen in the attitudes of the meteorologists who were livecasting that night. They don't take risks anymore.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with this storm since it really did permanently redefine part of my worldview.

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