On This Day: April 14

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the SPC, 83 tornadoes occurred on April 14, 2012. Just over half of them (42) were in the state of KS. The strongest tornado for the day was one of the 42: It was an EF4 that traveled through parts of Rice, Ellsworth, McPherson and Saline Counties. Total path length was 50.28 miles. Read the full summary here

EF4 damage to a house, photo via NWS Wichita.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 14, 1886: An intense, F4 tornado moved from five miles SSW of St. Cloud, MN, passing through the poorest part of that city. “At St. Cloud, 24 people were killed and dozens of homes were swept away by what was described as a double spiral.” At Sauk Rapids, 37 more people were killed. Eleven members of a wedding party were killed near Rice. This included the bride and groom. SW of Buckman, two more deaths occurred. Clothing was carried 62 miles away to Brainerd and a headstone was carried for 3 miles. A total of 72 deaths occurred and there were 213 injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2011, an EF3 tornado hit the town of Tushka, OK. 150 buildings were destroyed, and many others were damaged. Two people were killed, and 40 others were injured. Source. 

Photo of the tornado, via NWS Norman.
A home that was destroyed. Photo via NWS Norman.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

The “Black Sunday” dust storm occurred on this day in 1935. It was one of the worst dust storms in US history and swept across the plains. It was estimated to have displaced 300-thousand-tons of topsoil, and it caused major agricultural damage. Source

The "Black Sunday" due storm approaching Spearman, TX, photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1865: US President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington; he dies a day later. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Pete Rose was born on April 14, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a professional baseball player who in 1985 exceeded Ty Cobb’s record for career hits (4,189). During his career Rose was noted for his all-around ability and enthusiasm. He was named Player of the Decade (1970–79) by The Sporting News. At the end of his career, he became better known for the accusations of gambling that led Major League Baseball to ban him from the sport in 1989. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1894: 1st public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures). Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1967: David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word ‘gnome’. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made No. 6 in the UK charts.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

What was likely one of the strongest tornadoes of the April 14, 2012 tornado outbreak tears past the town of Manchester, Oklahoma. Only trees were damaged in Oklahoma; in Kansas, two farmsteads sustained severe damage, including one where a vacant house had its roof torn off. The tornado was on the ground for 35.23 miles. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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