Bentonville, AR Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes (2022)

The chance of earthquake damage in Bentonville is lower than Arkansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Bentonville is lower than Arkansas average and is much higher than the national average.

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

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A total of 4,438 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bentonville, AR were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountAvalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:7Dense Fog:0Drought:1Dust Storm:0Flood:559Hail:1,946Heat:8Heavy Snow:5High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:11Thunderstorm Winds:1,811Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:3Winter Storm:14Winter Weather:16Other:51

No volcano is found in or near Bentonville, AR.

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Bentonville, AR.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Bentonville, AR.

A total of 94 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bentonville, AR.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County4.42006-03-12236°21'N / 94°14'W36°23'N / 94°04'W8.00 Miles250 Yards0010.0M0BentonBrief Description: The supercell cycled again and produced a third tornado that moved through the southern portion of Bentonville and Little Flock damaging or destroying 125 homes.5.21967-05-30236°20'N / 94°10'W36°20'N / 94°07'W3.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Hardin7.41954-03-24336°21'N / 94°17'W36°29'N / 93°57'W20.60 Miles400 Yards043K0Benton9.51993-10-08236°24'N / 94°04'W1.50 Miles100 Yards00500K0BentonBrief Description: An F2 tornado touched down in Avoca and travelled about one and a half miles before it dissipated. While the tornado was on the ground, it damaged about ten homes. A mobile home and two chicken houses were completely destroyed. A large number of trees were also blown down.11.22006-03-12336°16'N / 94°34'W36°20'N / 94°16'W19.00 Miles700 Yards0125.0M0BentonBrief Description: The second tornado moved into western Benton County (from Delaware County, Oklahoma) south of Highway 12, where damage suggested the tornado strengthened considerably. A mobile home was destroyed, a pickup truck was rolled and destroyed, and several homes sustained major damage to their roofs near Bloomfield, where damage was rated at F2. Damage was more extensive in and around Gentry and Centerton where 75 homes were damaged or destroyed. Damage in this area was rated F3. Twelve people were injured by the tornado.See Storm Data for Oklahoma, Eastern for details regarding the Delaware County segment of this tornado.13.32010-12-31236°09'N / 94°20'W36°12'N / 94°16'W4.00 Miles250 Yards01100K0KWashingtonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This segment is the sixth of six segments of this long-track tornado. The tornado overturned a box truck on Highway 412, injuring its driver, severely damaged a couple permanent homes, severely damaged a mobile home, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, and snapped numerous power poles. The maximum estimated wind speed in this segment of the tornado based on this damage was 125 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into northwestern Arkansas ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of those storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front over eastern Oklahoma as it pushed into the area. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati in Washington County. Debris was transported by the tornado into northern Benton County and was reported in Bella Vista and Pea Ridge. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) was closed for three hours to remove the debris from the flight line. Another supercell produced a short-lived, weak tornado in Carroll County that moved into Missouri.14.01970-06-11336°12'N / 94°06'W36°21'N / 93°54'W15.20 Miles250 Yards002.5M0Benton15.31988-11-15236°30'N / 94°14'W36°38'N / 94°02'W10.00 Miles23 Yards000K0Mcdonald16.22010-12-31236°08'N / 94°21'W36°09'N / 94°20'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0075K0KBentonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This segment is the fifth of six segments of this long-track tornado. The tornado severely damaged a permanent home, destroyed a barn, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, and snapped power poles. The maximum estimated wind speed in this segment of the tornado based on this damage was 125 mph.The tornado moved northeast and back into Washington County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into northwestern Arkansas ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of those storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front over eastern Oklahoma as it pushed into the area. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati in Washington County. Debris was transported by the tornado into northern Benton County and was reported in Bella Vista and Pea Ridge. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) was closed for three hours to remove the debris from the flight line. Another supercell produced a short-lived, weak tornado in Carroll County that moved into Missouri.17.92010-12-31236°07'N / 94°23'W36°08'N / 94°21'W2.00 Miles300 Yards000K0KWashingtonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This segment is the fourth of six segments of this long-track tornado. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted in this segment. Estimated maximum wind speed based on this damage was 125 mph.The tornado moved northeastward and crossed back into Benton County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into northwestern Arkansas ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of those storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front over eastern Oklahoma as it pushed into the area. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati in Washington County. Debris was transported by the tornado into northern Benton County and was reported in Bella Vista and Pea Ridge. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) was closed for three hours to remove the debris from the flight line. Another supercell produced a short-lived, weak tornado in Carroll County that moved into Missouri.19.72010-12-31236°06'N / 94°25'W36°07'N / 94°23'W2.00 Miles400 Yards02200K0KBentonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This segment is the third of six segments of this long-track tornado. The tornado severely damaged a couple permanent homes, destroyed a mobile home, destroyed barns, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, and snapped power poles in this portion of Benton County. Two injuries occurred in the mobile home that was destroyed on Winwood Ranch Road. The maximum estimated wind speed based on this damage was 130 mph.The tornado continued into Washington County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into northwestern Arkansas ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of those storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front over eastern Oklahoma as it pushed into the area. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati in Washington County. Debris was transported by the tornado into northern Benton County and was reported in Bella Vista and Pea Ridge. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) was closed for three hours to remove the debris from the flight line. Another supercell produced a short-lived, weak tornado in Carroll County that moved into Missouri.19.81973-05-01236°11'N / 94°33'W36°13'N / 94°30'W3.80 Miles150 Yards04250K0Benton20.01970-10-08336°13'N / 94°32'W36°18'N / 94°36'W6.90 Miles200 Yards04250K0Benton20.51968-06-01236°08'N / 94°33'W36°11'N / 94°27'W6.50 Miles500 Yards003K0Benton20.61970-06-11335°56'N / 94°31'W36°12'N / 94°06'W29.60 Miles250 Yards1442.5M0Washington21.01954-03-24236°34'N / 94°31'W36°43'N / 94°13'W19.50 Miles50 Yards0125K0Mcdonald21.31970-11-19235°58'N / 94°29'W36°10'N / 94°13'W20.30 Miles300 Yards0125K0Washington21.51970-11-19236°10'N / 94°32'W2.50 Miles100 Yards0025K0Benton23.21954-04-30336°02'N / 94°03'W36°06'N / 94°00'W5.40 Miles33 Yards00250K0Washington24.31981-05-23236°16'N / 94°39'W000K0Delaware24.41972-12-30236°39'N / 94°03'W36°42'N / 94°01'W3.80 Miles220 Yards0225K0Barry24.61954-04-30336°00'N / 94°10'W36°02'N / 94°03'W6.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Washington24.72008-04-10236°00'N / 94°06'W36°02'N / 94°06'W3.00 Miles600 Yards00125K0KWashingtonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An NWS storm survey determined that a strong tornado caused major damage to a permanent home, damaged several other homes, caused extensive tree damage, and snapped power poles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms occurred across Northwest Arkansas during the evening and early morning hours on the 9th and 10th.24.92010-12-31336°01'N / 94°32'W36°06'N / 94°25'W9.00 Miles500 Yards471.5M0KWashingtonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This segment is the second of six segments of this long-track tornado. The tornado moved into Washington County snapping numerous trees as it approached the town of Cincinnati. In Cincinnati, the tornado destroyed several permanent homes, destroyed the volunteer fire station, destroyed a mobile home, damaged several other permanent homes, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, snapped numerous power poles, and destroyed barns and outbuildings. Two people were killed in the mobile home that was destroyed and a third person was killed either in or near a barn while he was tending to his cattle. At least seven injuries also occurred. The tornado was about 300 yards wide when it went through town. The maximum estimated wind speed in the tornado based on this damage was 140 mph.The tornado continued to move rapidly northeastward and widened to about 500 yards northeast of Cincinnati. Several permanent homes were severely damaged, several mobile homes were destroyed, at least four chicken houses were destroyed, outbuildings were destroyed, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted, and power poles were snapped. A woman in one of the mobile homes that was destroyed was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. She later died from those injuries on January 4th.The tornado continued into Benton County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into northwestern Arkansas ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of those storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front over eastern Oklahoma as it pushed into the area. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati in Washington County. Debris was transported by the tornado into northern Benton County and was reported in Bella Vista and Pea Ridge. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) was closed for three hours to remove the debris from the flight line. Another supercell produced a short-lived, weak tornado in Carroll County that moved into Missouri.25.21973-05-26236°25'N / 93°50'W36°26'N / 93°44'W5.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Benton25.31961-03-12236°29'N / 93°48'W1.00 Mile300 Yards01425K0Carroll25.41989-05-08236°15'N / 94°39'W36°11'N / 94°39'W5.00 Miles50 Yards01250K0Delaware25.51968-06-01236°06'N / 94°36'W36°08'N / 94°33'W3.60 Miles200 Yards0025K0Adair25.51959-05-09236°41'N / 94°27'W0.50 Mile50 Yards00250K0Mcdonald26.21954-03-24236°43'N / 94°13'W36°45'N / 94°06'W6.60 Miles50 Yards000K0Mcdonald27.01955-11-15236°03'N / 94°00'W36°08'N / 93°45'W15.00 Miles220 Yards013K0Washington27.52001-11-23236°40'N / 93°59'W36°43'N / 93°56'W4.00 Miles440 Yards031.0M500KBarryBrief Description: A tornado touched down just before 830 pm just south of Highway 76/86 between Exeter and Ridgley. Initial damage was limited to chicken houses and grain bins which suffered sporadic damage. The tornado quickly intensified as it crossed the Highway and moved north across a residence. Extensive damage occurred to the property including two storage buildings swept clean of their foundations, a dump truck flipped almost 30 feet, and the loss of the residence's roof. Nearly a dozen other vehicles suffered collateral damage, along with numerous trees stripped or uprooted. Three individuals were injured as their vehicle was flipped over. The tornado tracked for approximately four miles north of Exeter, causing significant damage to at least three additional residences. Numerous outbuildings were also destroyed along with hundreds of trees that were uprooted. The tornado reached a width of over one quarter of a mile at peak intensity, before dissipating just north of Highway CC. The damage assessment would place this tornado at the high end of an F2 rating on the fujita scale...with winds approaching 150 mph.27.71962-03-20236°09'N / 93°53'W36°07'N / 93°45'W7.80 Miles417 Yards00250K0Madison27.81966-04-20236°24'N / 93°45'W36°26'N / 93°43'W2.70 Miles100 Yards003K0Carroll28.51988-11-15236°38'N / 94°02'W36°45'N / 93°49'W18.00 Miles23 Yards1122.5M0Barry28.51960-05-05236°07'N / 93°55'W36°09'N / 93°41'W13.20 Miles167 Yards0125K0Madison29.31972-04-12236°40'N / 93°52'W0.90 Mile177 Yards072.5M0Barry30.12010-12-31236°00'N / 94°34'W36°01'N / 94°32'W2.00 Miles250 Yards0060K0KAdairBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This segment is the first of six segments of this long-track tornado. A tornado developed just northeast of Westville and moved rapidly northeastward damaging a home, tossing or rolling four vehicles, snapping at least 13 large power poles, and snapping or uprooting large trees. Estimated maximum wind based on this damage was 125 mph. This tornado continued into Washington County, Arkansas. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into eastern Oklahoma ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of these storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front as it moved into eastern Oklahoma a few hours before sunrise. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that began in Adair County, Oklahoma, and moved into Washington County, Arkansas, where it killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati.30.51959-05-09236°32'N / 94°44'W0.80 Mile880 Yards0025K0Delaware31.62006-03-12336°10'N / 94°55'W36°18'N / 94°38'W17.00 Miles440 Yards083.0M0DelawareBrief Description: The first tornado, which touched down in northwestern Cherokee County, continued into southern Delaware County. Damage suggested the tornado widened and strengthened as it moved through southern Delaware County reaching a maximum width of around 1/4 of a mile. The tornado damaged 95 homes, destroying 42 of those homes. Five businesses were also damaged. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted and about 100 power poles were downed, which resulted in more than 5000 people losing power as a result of the storm. The worst damage from this tornado was found from near Twin Oaks to about 4 miles west-southwest of Colcord. The tornado injured eight people.31.81979-04-11235°50'N / 94°23'W35°59'N / 94°19'W11.10 Miles200 Yards04250K0Washington31.91960-05-05235°49'N / 94°12'W36°00'N / 94°00'W16.90 Miles33 Yards01250K0Washington32.01980-04-07236°25'N / 94°48'W1.00 Mile200 Yards00250K0Delaware33.41954-04-30335°45'N / 94°19'W36°00'N / 94°10'W19.20 Miles440 Yards01250K0Washington34.21999-05-04335°45'N / 94°28'W36°00'N / 94°15'W22.00 Miles175 Yards0080K0WashingtonBrief Description: A significant long-track tornado first touched down 4 miles west of Short, OK, and tracked 39 miles to a point about 7 miles southwest of Fayetteville, AR. Along the way, this tornado passed through portions of four counties but mainly affected sparsely-populated areas. It reached its peak strength as an F3 tornado in extreme southeast Adair County, OK, but mainly caused F2 damage in Washington County, AR. Fortunately, this tornado lifted before it reached heavily-populated Fayetteville. The tornado's first real property damage took place at a property between the Hogeye and Strickland communities, where the tornado peeled off the roof to a home, shattered windows, uprooted trees, destroyed two barns, and wiped a porch off of its stone foundation. Numerous trees were blown down along County Roads 212 and 214. Only a few miles away in the Cove Creek community, south of Prarie Grove, the tornado blew off a home's roof, demolished an enclosed garage, and destroyed a barn. A flagpole was bent almost in half, and a road sign ended up wrapped around a mailbox. The tornado uprooted a 200-year old walnut tree which then fell onto a pickup truck. About a half-dozen other oak and cedar trees on one property dating back at least 150 years were snapped or uprooted. The Washington County Judge's Office supplied a picture of a church near Cove Creek that was moved off of its foundation. Several poultry buildings along the tornado's path were also damaged.The property damage listed in this entry is for just that damage sustained in Washington County, while the F-rating reflects the tornado's peak strength in Adair County, OK. Summary of events for May 4 1999:Following a record tornado outbreak in Oklahoma on May 3-4, a significant severe weather outbreak affected northwest Arkansas on the morning and afternoon of May 4 as a vigorous upper level system continued to move slowly east. While there were many individual storms in the area on May 4, the most outstanding storm of the day was a supercell thunderstorm that spawned a tornado in Sequoyah County, OK, which then moved northeast for 39 miles to near Fayetteville. Other storms produced damaging winds and large hail.34.31984-04-27236°37'N / 94°46'W36°38'N / 94°44'W2.00 Miles20 Yards002.5M0Delaware34.41971-05-22236°36'N / 94°47'W36°38'N / 94°44'W3.80 Miles100 Yards00250K0Delaware35.61976-03-26235°52'N / 94°25'W2.00 Miles77 Yards00250K0Washington35.71983-11-22335°51'N / 94°45'W36°04'N / 94°31'W19.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Le Flore35.91974-06-08336°22'N / 94°54'W36°23'N / 94°51'W2.70 Miles150 Yards00250K0Delaware36.01975-04-24436°51'N / 94°28'W36°52'N / 94°22'W5.40 Miles500 Yards000K0Christian36.31958-05-31236°53'N / 94°12'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0025K0Newton36.91973-05-26236°20'N / 93°34'W2.00 Miles200 Yards02250K0Carroll37.21975-04-24436°50'N / 94°35'W36°51'N / 94°28'W6.50 Miles500 Yards32225.0M0Newton37.22008-05-10436°55'N / 94°37'W36°52'N / 94°03'W31.00 Miles1760 Yards1420035.0M0KNewtonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado is an extension of the Ottawa County, Oklahoma tornado. A National Weather Service storm survey revealed that an EF-4 tornado crossed into Missouri just north of Iris Road, and tracked east southeast all the way across Newton County to just north of Fairview. Several people were killed in automobiles, including a firefighter who was storm spotting, as the tornado briefly reached EF4 intensity near the intersection of Highway 43 and Iris Road. One vehicle at this location was thrown 5/8s of a mile. The tornado then extended to a mile wide and EF3 intensity as it tracked across the intersection of Highway 86 and BB. Many of the 14 fatalities and 200 injuries occurred from just west of Highway 43 to Highway 86. The communities of Granby and Newtonia were also directly impacted from this tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Three tornadoes were spawned from supercell thunderstorms that developed over southeast Kansas. These storms quickly moved into southwest Missouri causing devestating damage to homes, businesses, and trees in Newton, Barry, and Jasper counties. One tornado, with an intensity that ranged from EF-4 to EF-1, killed 15 people as it tracked through Newton and Barry counties, while another tornado killed one person in Jasper County.37.32008-05-10236°51'N / 94°03'W36°49'N / 93°46'W16.00 Miles200 Yards1010.0M0KBarryBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado is an extension of the Newton County tornado. A National Weather Service storm survey revealed that an EF-2 tornado tracked across much of Barry County and directly impacted the community of Purdy. One man was killed as he was taking shelter in a mobile home. Numerous structures, trees, and power poles were destroyed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Three tornadoes were spawned from supercell thunderstorms that developed over southeast Kansas. These storms quickly moved into southwest Missouri causing devestating damage to homes, businesses, and trees in Newton, Barry, and Jasper counties. One tornado, with an intensity that ranged from EF-4 to EF-1, killed 15 people as it tracked through Newton and Barry counties, while another tornado killed one person in Jasper County.37.42008-04-10235°49'N / 94°30'W35°54'N / 94°28'W6.00 Miles400 Yards0075K0KWashingtonBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The strong tornado that began 5.5 miles east-southeast of Stillwell in Adair County Oklahoma moved into Washington County. The tornado destroyed a mobile home, destroyed a barn, rolled a vehicle, caused extensive tree damage, and snapped power poles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms occurred across Northwest Arkansas during the evening and early morning hours on the 9th and 10th.38.01959-05-09336°29'N / 95°00'W36°36'N / 94°45'W15.90 Miles880 Yards00250K0Delaware38.01983-11-22335°53'N / 94°48'W36°03'N / 94°37'W16.00 Miles100 Yards062.5M0Le Flore38.11974-04-13236°52'N / 94°30'W0.50 Mile100 Yards003K0Newton38.82003-05-04236°55'N / 94°12'W36°55'N / 94°06'W7.00 Miles400 Yards00500K0KNewtonBrief Description: A seven mile long path of rural east central Newton County was affected from the initial stages of a large tornado. Three homes and outbuildings were destroyed while five more were damaged causing approximately one half million dollars in monetary loss. This tornado then tracked through Lawrence, Christian, and southwestern Greene counties.39.32008-01-07236°49'N / 94°00'W36°55'N / 93°49'W12.00 Miles200 Yards00500K0KBarryBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service storm survey revealed that an EF-2 tornado tracked across rural areas between the communities of Monett and Purdy. The tornado intersected Highway 37 just south of its intersection with Highway BB. At this location, the tornado tore through a small mobile home park, destroying eight mobile homes. Additional houses and farm outbuildings were damaged along this tornado track. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An unusual mid winter tornado outbreak occurred over southwest and central Missouri. 31 tornadoes struck the region within a 15 hour time frame on 7 January into early morning 8 January. Two tornadoes intensified to EF-3 status while five tornadoes caused EF-2 damage. All other tornadoes during this outbreak were surveyed and given EF-0 and EF-1 status. Multiple training supercells spawned most of these tornadoes that occurred along the Interstate 44 corridor. Toward the end of this episode, a broken squall line spawned numerous EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes across the southern Missouri Ozarks.39.51961-07-22236°45'N / 94°45'W0025K0Ottawa39.81954-03-24336°43'N / 93°40'W1.00 Mile300 Yards0225K0Barry40.11955-04-04236°20'N / 93°36'W36°21'N / 93°25'W10.20 Miles50 Yards0025K0Carroll41.61980-04-07336°40'N / 94°53'W36°41'N / 94°51'W1.90 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Ottawa41.82008-04-10235°47'N / 94°32'W35°49'N / 94°30'W4.00 Miles400 Yards0050K0KAdairBrief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An NWS storm survey determined that a strong tornado destroyed a mobile home, caused extensive tree damage, and snapped power poles. This tornado continued into Washington County Arkansas, lifting about 4 miles southwest of Lincoln. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms occurred across eastern Oklahoma from the evening of the 9th into the morning of the 10th.42.21972-12-29236°30'N / 95°01'W36°53'N / 94°43'W31.20 Miles30 Yards00250K0Mayes42.51961-05-08235°48'N / 94°33'W0025K0Adair43.01961-03-12236°57'N / 94°27'W36°58'N / 94°26'W1.90 Miles50 Yards06250K0Newton43.11961-05-21236°44'N / 94°51'W003K0Ottawa43.41980-04-07336°34'N / 95°00'W36°40'N / 94°53'W9.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Delaware44.41970-06-11335°41'N / 94°46'W35°56'N / 94°31'W22.20 Miles33 Yards010K0Adair45.11974-06-08236°36'N / 95°00'W36°38'N / 94°57'W3.80 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Craig45.21999-05-04335°43'N / 94°29'W35°45'N / 94°27'W3.00 Miles175 Yards003K0CrawfordBrief Description: A significant long-track tornado first developed 4 miles west of Short, OK, moving northeast to about 7 miles southwest of Fayetteville, AR. This tornado reached its peak strength as an F3 tornado as it clipped extreme southeast Adair County, OK. This tornado then clipped extreme northwest Crawford County, passing through an unpopulated, forested area in the Ozark National Forest. An aerial survey by NWS personnel just west of the Oklahoma/Arkansas state line west of Natural Dam revealed that every tree in a hardwood forest was completely leveled. Property damage listed with this entry reflects tree damage sustained in Crawford County, while the F-rating reflects the tornado's peak strength in Adair County, OK.Summary of events for May 4 1999:Following a record tornado outbreak in Oklahoma on May 3-4, a significant severe weather outbreak affected northwest Arkansas on the morning and afternoon of May 4 as a vigorous upper level system continued to move slowly east. While there were many individual storms in the area on May 4, the most outstanding storm of the day was a supercell thunderstorm that spawned a tornado in Sequoyah County, OK, which then moved northeast for 39 miles to near Fayetteville. Other storms produced damaging winds and large hail.45.71979-10-30236°43'N / 93°38'W36°55'N / 93°38'W13.80 Miles50 Yards092.5M0Barry46.61959-05-09336°26'N / 95°07'W36°29'N / 95°00'W7.30 Miles880 Yards03250K0Mayes46.61954-04-30335°38'N / 94°24'W35°45'N / 94°19'W9.20 Miles440 Yards00250K0Crawford46.71973-09-24336°42'N / 94°59'W36°43'N / 94°55'W3.60 Miles100 Yards014250K0Ottawa46.71980-04-07336°30'N / 95°05'W36°34'N / 95°00'W6.40 Miles33 Yards042.5M0Craig47.01973-09-24336°43'N / 94°55'W36°51'N / 94°52'W9.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Ottawa47.11996-04-21335°46'N / 93°46'W35°56'N / 93°34'W15.00 Miles1050 Yards261.0M0MadisonBrief Description: M37MH, M10MH47.21951-09-09236°37'N / 95°01'W2.00 Miles67 Yards003K0Craig47.41976-03-26337°02'N / 94°11'W37°03'N / 94°07'W3.80 Miles40 Yards00250K0Newton47.42003-05-04336°56'N / 94°04'W37°01'N / 93°38'W25.00 Miles880 Yards53327.5M0KLawrenceBrief Description: This tornado is a continuation of the Newton County tornado. A large tornado laid out a half mile wide path of destruction across southwest, central, and east central Lawrence County. Several communities was affected, however, the community of Pierce City was hardest hit as the historic downtown of 100 plus year old buildings were completely destroyed. Around 229 homes, buisnesses, and outbuildings were destroyed while 320 were damaged. The tornado also claimed the lives of five local residents and injured 33. The tornado continued on the ground into the Christian County panhandle. Dale Taunton age 52, was taking cover inside a National Guard armory tornado shelter, but was not in the basement. He was deceased from being struck by debris and bricks.Wanda Sue Handly age 46, was in her mobile home north of Monett while the tornado approached. She was deceased from being tossed from trailer and hit by flying debris.Jacob Aldaba Rueda age 20 weeks, was blown from his mother's arms when the tornado struck their mobile home. He was deceased from being thrown one quarter of a mile from his location. Janet Eskridge age 52, was in her modular home when the tornado struck. She was deceased from being tossed several yards from her home.Vicki Lynn Lawrence age 39, was deceased from being hit by flying debris while her mobile home was being destroyed from the tornado. F46MH, M52OT, M1MH, F52PH, F39MH47.41967-01-27237°01'N / 94°10'W37°04'N / 94°06'W4.90 Miles200 Yards00250K0Newton47.51960-05-05236°44'N / 95°00'W37°00'N / 94°37'W28.00 Miles500 Yards00250K0Ottawa47.61960-05-05236°30'N / 95°06'W36°34'N / 95°01'W6.40 Miles33 Yards00250K0Mayes48.81967-01-25236°42'N / 95°00'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0625K0Ottawa49.01984-10-16235°34'N / 94°22'W35°44'N / 94°10'W14.00 Miles50 Yards012.5M0Crawford49.51999-05-04335°39'N / 94°33'W35°43'N / 94°30'W7.00 Miles175 Yards007K0AdairBrief Description: A significant long-track tornado first touched down in Sequoyah County 4 miles west of Short, moving northeast for 39 miles to a point about 7 miles southwest of Fayetteville, AR. This tornado clipped the extreme southeast portion of Adair County as the tornado reached its peak strength as an F3 tornado. Fortunately, the tornado travelled across an unpopulated portion of Adair County. However, an aerial survey by NWS personnel over extreme southeast Adair County revealed that every tree in a hardwood forest was completely leveled.Summary of events for May 3-4 1999:Following a week-long blocking weather pattern, a strong upper level trough finally moved out of the southwestern U.S. Interactions with a dryline in western Oklahoma and a slow-moving cold front brought the largest tornado outbreak in Oklahoma history from the afternoon of May 3 through the afternoon of May 4. Most notable was the F5 tornado that moved through southern parts of the Oklahoma City metro area. While the loss of life and the heaviest property damage was limited to central Oklahoma, eastern Oklahoma got into the act with a significant number of tornadoes.While there were dozens of individual storms on May 3 and 4, there are two storms in eastern Oklahoma that stand out as outstanding. The first outstanding storm moved northeast along the I-44 corridor on the evening of May 3, causing F3 damage to Stroud in Lincoln County. The storm went on to cause significant F1 damage in Sapulpa and southwestern portions of the city of Tulsa and millions of dollars in damage.The second outstanding storm got its start in southeast Oklahoma well south of McAlester. This storm moved northeast across Pushmataha, Latimer, Haskell, LeFlore and Sequoyah Counties, producing several damaging tornadoes along the way. The final tornado touched down in Sequoyah County and tracked 39 miles to near Fayetteville, AR, producing F3 damage in an unpopulated forest in Adair County.Following a very wet April that saturated area grounds, another slow-moving weather system made flash flooding another serious problem to deal with as most rainfall quickly ran off into creeks, streams and mainstem rivers. One flash flood in Vinita caused millions of dollars in damage following the flooding of dozens of homes.49.51954-03-24236°27'N / 95°09'W36°30'N / 95°04'W5.60 Miles50 Yards0025K0Mayes49.51976-03-26337°03'N / 94°07'W37°05'N / 94°03'W4.30 Miles40 Yards11250K0Jasper49.81965-05-15236°52'N / 94°52'W003K0Ottawa


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.

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