tornado

Tornadoes,
Waterspouts,
and Dustdevils

tornado

Below are checklists of Tornadoes and waterspouts, and dustdevils on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

"Cyclone" is sometimes used as a colloquial term for "tornado", but it is also a term used more commonly for hurricanes. See also the hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Tornadoes and waterspouts Tornadoes and waterspouts
Dustdevils


Below is a list of Tornadoes and waterspouts on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Tornadoes and waterspouts
AngolaUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS12019
Barbados951 (Mi940)1998waterspout
BelgiumB831 (Mi1520)1968Tourbillon - Windhoos (abstract painting of a landspout or whirlwind, by P. Mara)
BelgiumNoneKoninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut (KMI) logo in cachet (return address) on cover2010Stylized tornado
Belgium2655 (BL176, Mi4398-4402)KMI logo on MS5 (2655 (a-e))2013Stylized tornado
Belgium2655 changedMS5 (2655 (a-e)) with changed colors (when above 25C in strip of 4 (2655f) and also in lower-left margin); see also hot-and-cold animation
Bolivia1111 (Mi1452)2000symbolic tornado
Brazil3297a (Mi4198)One of strip of 2 (3297 (a-b)) (Mi4198-4199)2015Symbolic rotation representing a tornado
Brazil3297 fdcStrip of 2 on FDC
CanadaNonePostcard1912damage from tornado
CanadaNoneCachet (return address) on cover2008tornado/whirlwind
Central African Republic1438e (Mi2826)On one of MS6 (1438 (a-f)) (Mi2822-2827)2002tornado, Ontario, 4 July 2001
Central African Republic1438ef (BL?)On stamp and in (left) margin of SS1 (1438e)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back, also front2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3, also front2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?tornado
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3, also front2011?waterspout
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back3 (different), also front (same)2011?waterspout
Comoro IslandsUnknown a (Mi2741)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d) (Mi2741-4274)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2010tornado
CroatiaNone(pictorial) cancel on cover2010tornado
CroatiaNone(Two) cachets on cover2012Waterspout (in main cachet, incorrectly called "tornado on sea")
France668 (Mi928)1951waterspout
France668 maxiMaxicard
Gambia2383c (Mi4172)One of MS6 (2383 (a-f))2001tornado
GermanyNoneCinderella (poster stamp)?Tornado Coffee
GermanyNonePhonecard?tornado
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc (Mi1924-1927 fdc)(?) cachet on FDC2001tornado or waterspout
Grenada2757 (Mi?)On stamp and in (right) margin of SS11998tornado
Guinea RepublicMi5883A
Mi5883B
One of MS6 (Mi5880A-5885A)
One of imperforate MS6 (Mi5880B-5885B)
2008tornado
Guinea RepublicMi5880A-5885A fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1586In (left) margin of SS12008"Tornado" (in French text)
Guinea RepublicBL1586 fdcSS1 on FDC
Hungary4342 (Mi5762)2015tornado
Hungary4342 fdcStamp on FDC
Iran2454 (Mi2423)1991tornado
Iran2454 misperfMis-perforated
ItalyNoneCancel (Cigognola) and cachet on cover200750th anniv. tornado, Sull'oltrepo Pavese, 1957
ItalyNoneCancel (Casatisma) and cachet (same) on cover200750th anniv. tornado, Sull'oltrepo Pavese, 1957
KyrgyzstanB10 (Mi?)Imperforate SS11995(possible) tornado in background
Marshall Islands1033h (Mi?)One of MS15 (1033 (a-o))2012tornado
MozambiqueUnknown ms (Mi?)In stamp 'a' and in (lower) margin of MS4 (a-d)2013tornado
MozambiqueUnknown fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS1tornado
MozambiqueUnknown fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
NicaraguaC561 (Mi1374)1965tornado spawned by a hurricane or tropical cyclone
Niger1075d (Mi1950)One of MS6 (1075 (a-f)) (Mi1947-1952)2001tornado
Niger1075 fdcMS6 on FDC
Peru1786 (Mi?)2011tornado or waterspout
Philippines922 fdc (Mi771 fdc)(Grey-green printed) cachet on FDC1965waterspout
Poland3892d (Mi?)One of strip of 4 (3292 (a-d)), or three of MS12 (3892e (3x (3892 (a-d)))2008tornado
Poland3892a-d fdcOne of four stamps and cancel on FDC
Redonda (Antigua)Unknown ss (BL?)SS11985tornado
RomaniaNonePostal card2011severe thunderstorm with forming tornado, and fully-formed tornado
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2009tornado or waterspout
South Africa1351 (Mi1671)2005tornado
Tajikistan330 (BL?)On one of MS2 (330 (a-b + label)), on label, and in (left) margin2008tornado (on stamp and label), waterspout (in left margin)
TogoUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2011tornado
Tuvalu1032e (Mi?)From MS6 (1032 (a-f)) (BL2)2007tornado
United Nations634-635 (Mi657-658)Two of strip of 4 (636a (633-636)), or 12 of MS24 (636b (6x (633-636)))1993tornado or waterspout
United Nations636a fdc(Pictorial) cancel and (UNPA) cachet on FDC
United Nations636a maxiMaxicard
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
636a fdc1
243a fdc1
159a fdc1
One of 3 strips of 4 and (pictorial) cancel on FDC (636a+243a+159a)1993tornado or waterspout
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
636a fdc2
243a fdc2
159a fdc2
One of 3 strips of 4 and (pictorial) cancel and (UNPA) cachet on FDC (636a+243a+159a)
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
636a folder
243a folder
159a folder
One of 3 strips of 4 and (pictorial) cancel on FDC folder, also folder cover
United Nations (Geneva)243a fdc (Mi239-242 fdc)(UNPA) cachet on FDC1993tornado or waterspout
United Nations (Geneva)254a fdc (Mi? fdc)(Pictorial) cancel from FDC (block of 4 (251-254))1994tornado or waterspout
United Nations (Vienna)159a fdc (Mi? fdc)(UNPA) cachet on FDC1993waterspout
United StatesNoneCachet1826spiral/whirlpool postmark2
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1828spiral/whirlpool postmark2
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on advertising cover1887"Cyclones1, tornadoes"
United StatesNone(Text) cancel on cover1894Cyclone1 GA (post office)
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1895"Iowa Mutual Tornado Insurance Association"
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1896"Alliance Mutual Hail and Cyclone1 Insurance Co."
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1898"Iowa Mutual Tornado Insurance Association"
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1904"Farmers' Home Mutual Tornado and Cyclone1 Insurance Co. of Minnesota"
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1906"Tornado Insurance"
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1907"Michigan Mutual Tornado, Cyclone1 and Windstorm Insurance Co."
United StatesNone(Text) cancel on cover1907Cyclone1 KY (post office)
United StatesNoneCachet on cover, also insert1910tornado
United StatesNone(Text) cancel on postcard1910Cyclone1 PA (post office)
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1910"Farmers' Mutual Wind Storm and Cyclone1 Insurance Co."
United StatesNonePostcard back, also front1913"Ruins after the tornado, March 23, 1913, Omaha, Nebr"
United StatesNoneCachet on postal card back, also cachet (return address) on front1915"State Mutual Cyclone1 Insurance Company"; large barn in Tuscola County destroyed by cyclone1 (i.e. tornado)
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover~1915"Farmers' Home Mutual Tornado and Cyclone1 Insurance Co. of Minnesota"
United StatesNonePostcard back, also front1915"Cincinnati tornado, July 7, 1915"
United StatesNoneCachet on advertising cover, also back1916"Cyclone1 Fence Co."
United StatesUX29 o/pPostal card, overprinted with adversiting cachet, also back1918"State-Mutual-Cyclone1 Insurance Co."
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on postal card back, also front1922"Farmers' Home Mutual Tornado and Cyclone1 Insurance Co. of Minnesota"
United StatesNonePostcard back, also front1924"Loraine [OH] tornado, 6/28/24"
United StatesUX27 o/pPostal card, overprinted with adversiting cachet, also back1929"State-Mutual-Cyclone1 Insurance Co."
United StatesNoneCinderella1930s"Oregon - climate is ideal - no cyclones1, "
United StatesNoneCinderella (poster stamp)1930s"tornado"
United StatesNoneCachet on advertising cover1934"tornado"
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1934"Mutual Fire and Tornado Association"
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on cover, also detail and front1936"tornado"
United StatesNone(World Vision, Inc.) cinderella1950s?tornado
United StatesNone(Blue) cachet on cover1966tornado, Topeka (KS) Stamp Club
United StatesNone(Black) cachet on cover1966tornado, Topeka (KS) Stamp Club
United States1910 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Central Nebraska Stamp Club) cachet on FDC1981"Multi-twisters stab at Heartland"
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel and (black printed) cachet on cover1988"Tornado" WV
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel (different) on cover1988"Tornado" WV
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover1990tornado, McIntosh SD
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover1990"Lamesa [TX] golden tornado jubilee station"
United StatesNoneCancel on postal card1990(43rd anniv.) 27 April 1947 Worth MO tornado
United States2696 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Collins hand-painted) cachet on FDC1992tornado
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1992Tornado Project, St. Johnsbury VT
United StatesNoneCancel on postal card1993tornado, Wichita (KS) Stamp Club
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1993tornado, Wichita (KS) Stamp Club
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1995Golden Tornado Jubilee Station, Lamesa TX
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1995"Twister", Movie Station, Wakita OK
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1996tornado by bull's neck, Gypsum Station, Southard OK
United StatesNone(Text) cancel1997Cyclone1 PA (post office)
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1998tornado, "90 years of Oz", Rochester NY
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet on cover1998"90 years of Oz"; 50th anniv. tornado forecasting, 1948-1998
United States3050 cancel1 (Mi? cancel1)(Pictorial) cancel2000tornado, Tampico IL
United States3050 cancel2 (Mi? cancel2)(Pictorial) cancel (different)2000tornado, 19th Wizard of Oz festival, Chesterton IN
United StatesNoneCancel on cover2000tornado, Ragbrai station, Harlan IA
United StatesNoneCancel (different) on cover2000tornado, Jubilee Station, Lamesa TX, Lamesa Golden Tornadoes
United StatesNoneCancel (different) on cover2000tornado, "Here Comes Dorothy", CSC Station, Coffeyville KS
United StatesNoneCancel (same) and cachet on cover2000tornado, "Here Comes Dorothy", Coffeyville (KS) Stamp Club, and CSC Station, Coffeyville KS
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover, also detail2000tornado, Hoisington KS
United StatesNone
3391 fdc
Cancel (same, one of two) and cachet (same) on cover, also insert2000
2000
tornado, "Here Comes Dorothy", Coffeyville (KS) Stamp Club, and CSC Station, Coffeyville KS; also 3391a FDC
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet on two covers2004Tornado Station, Langdon ND
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover2004Tornado Station, Langdon ND
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover2004Tornado Station, Osnabrook ND
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover2004Tornado Station, Osnabrook ND
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover2004tornado, Edmore ND
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover2004Cloudscapes tornado, National Stamp Collecting Month Station, Green Bay WI
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover2004"The Whirlwind Adventure", OzFest Station, Chittenago NY
United StatesNoneCancel on cover2004"The Whirlwind Adventure", OzFest Station, Chittenago NY
United States3878e (Mi3869)
3878e back
From MS15 (3878 (a-o)) (Mi3865-3879), also back2004cumulonimbus with tornado; also "tornadoes" in text on 3878e back
United States3878o (Mi3879)
3878o back
United States3878o fdc1Stamp and (Colorano silk) cachet on FDC
United States3878o fdc2Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
United States3878o fdc3Stamp and (BGC) cachet on FDC
United States3878o fdc4Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
United States3878o fdc5Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
United States3878o fdc6Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
United States3878o fdc7Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back
United StatesSP1549(USPS) souvenir page (3878), also back
United StatesCP719 page1(USPS) commemorative panel (3878), also page2
United States3878o cover (Mi3869 cover)Stamp and cancel and cachet on cover2004cumulonimbus with tornado
United States3878o cover (Mi3869 cover)Stamp and cancel on cover2005cumulonimbus with tornado
United StatesUX435
UX435 back
Postal card, one of booklet of 20, 15 different (UX421-UX435) with booklet front, also back2004cumulonimbus with tornado
United StatesNoneCancel on cover2004Tornado WV
United States2445+3100+3905 maxiMaxicard of 3 (2445+3100+3905)2005tornado, "Somewhere over the Rainbow"
United StatesNoneCancel on cover2005tornado, Morristown MN
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet on cover200530th anniv. tornado, Lefors TX, 1975
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet (different) on cover200530th anniv. tornado, Lefors TX, 1975
United StatesNoneCancel on cover (different)200530th anniv. tornado, Lefors TX, 1975
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet on cover2005"Twister Museum Station", 10th anniv. tornado, Wakita OK, 1995
United States4022 (Mi?)
4022_back
One of block of 4 (4024a (4021-4024)), also 4024a back; or 5 of MS20 (4024b (5x (4021-4024)))2006waterspout (in drawing)
United States4022 fdc1Stamp and (PCS golden-replica) cachet on FDC, also cachet detail
United States4022 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Collins cachet)
United States4022 fdc3Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
United States4022 fdc4Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
United States4022 fdc5Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
United StatesSP1605(USPS) souvenir page (4021-4024)
United StatesCP758(USPS) commemorative panel (4024a)
United States4053 (Mi4098)
4053_back
One of MS40 (4072a (4033-4072)), also back2006"tornado" (in stamp back and the two FDC backs)
United States4053 fdc1Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
United States4053 fdc2Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
United States4053 fdc3Stamp on FDC (HL cachet)
United States4053 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Mystic Stamp Co. cachet), also back
United States4053 fdc5Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
United States4053 fdc6Stamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
United States4053 fdc7Stamp on FDC (PCS cachet)
United StatesSP1611(USPS) souvenir page (4033-4072), also back
United StatesCP763 page1(USPS) commemorative panel (4033-4072), also page2
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover201120th anniv. "Andover, Kansas, tornado outbreak"
United StatesNoneCancel and cachet on cover20125th anniv. Greensburg tornado, 2007
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"Dixie Alley" (region of southeastern US and eastern US susceptible to tornadoes)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"Birth of a tornado"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"Tornado chaser"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2016"Storm chaser" (referring to tornado chasing)
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"Tornados fear this storm chaser"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016Tornado probe on ground and tornado in the distance
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2016"Where tornadoes strike around the world"
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover201865th anniv. "The Great Worcester tornado outbreak - June 9, 1953"
United States5298c cover (Mi5500 cover)(Coverscape) cachet on cover2019"April 3-4, 1974, Super Outbreak, 148 Tornadoes"
Dustdevils
Australia1609 (Mi1656)1997"The Two Willy-Willies" (dustdevils)
Canada1336 (Mi1250)One of block of 4 (1337a (1334-1337)) (Mi1248-1251)1991dustdevil
Canada1337a fdcBlock of 4 on FDC, also back
Great Britain1966a fdc (BL10, Mi1924-2927 fdc)(Blue and black printed) cachet on FDC2001dustdevil
United States3185m fdc (Mi3039 fdc)(S&T) cachet on FDC1991(three or more) dustdevils

1"Cyclone" is sometimes used as a colloquial term for "tornado". See also the hurricane page for tropical cyclone items.
2The intention of these spiral/whirlpool postmarks has not been determined, aside from being unique.
3This postal card is only one of a large number of similar cards issued by China. No effort is made to list all such cards.


Below is a list of Tornadoes and waterspouts on satellite launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Tornadoes and waterspouts
Russia (USSR)1973-05-29Moscow International PO(W. Anklam) cachet on Meteor-1-15 launch covertornadoes (in background)
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial tan image and black text) cachet on SMS-2 launch cover"tornados"
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial red image and black text) cachet on SMS-2 launch cover
United States1980-09-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on GOES-4 launch cover"tornadoes"
United States1980-09-09Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on GOES-4 launch cover
United States1980-09-09Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on GOES-4 launch cover


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