On This Day: November 17

Tornado Talk Summary

A major tornado outbreak occurred on November 17, 2013. In total, 74 tornadoes were produced, seven were rated EF3 and two were rated EF4. Per NWS Chicago, this ranked as the 4th largest outbreak for the state of Illinois, in terms of number of tornadoes, since 1950. The EF-4 tornado with maximum estimated winds of 190 mph that struck Washington, IL was the strongest on record for Illinois in the month of November since 1950. That is the topic of this summary! Read here

A zoomed-in view of some of the damage in Washington. This was along Gillman and Floosmoor Avenues.

SIGTOR Spotlight

Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!

November 17, 1921: A possible F4 tornado moved 3 miles in Polk County, AR. Near Wickes, two homes were swept away. Eight people were killed in one of the homes, seven of which were members of the same family. “The mother and six children were buried in common grave. The body of one child was carried for a half mile.”  

Twister From The 2000s

November 17, 2014, an EF2 tornado tracked for 22 miles through Calhoun, Liberty, and Gadsen Counties in Florida. It reached peak intensity near Blountstown, where it heavily damaged a prison.  

Damage to the Calhoun Correctional Institution near Blountstown. Photo via NWS Tallahassee.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

November 17, 2001: Freezing rain caused several accidents in the Anchorage, AK area, resulting in road closures. Source

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

On this day in 1970, Douglas Engelbart received the patent for the first computer mouse. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1516, Mary I, also called Mary Tudor, byname Bloody Mary, the first queen to rule England (1553–58) in her own right, was born in Greenwich, near London, England. She died in 1558. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1933, the Marx brothers film “Duck Soup” directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1984, Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Make It Big’ and No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’. Michael’s inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew’s parents, originally intended to read “wake me up before you go” but with “up” accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote “go” twice on purpose. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

Hurricane Lenny, also nicknamed Wrong Way Lenny, passes south of Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane during the early hours of November 17, 1999. The storm would later impact the Lesser Antillies, leaving 17 people dead and $785.8 million in damages. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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