A tornado given a rating of F4 moved just over 23 miles eastward through parts of Frio County, TX on April 15, 1973. It began about 8 miles west of the Frio Airport. It moved across the airport and the Melon community passing 3 miles south of Pearsall. It ended 15 miles due east of the airport. There were 5 fatalities. All were occupants of two cars traveling on Interstate 35 as the tornado crossed that area. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
April 15, 1879: An F2 tornado passed through Lisbon, TX, 7 miles SSW of Dallas. 15 homes were destroyed and six were damaged. The twister was described as a “green rimmed cone that rose and fell in its motion like a monster wave.” 25 people were injured. Grazulis does not list fatalities, but newspaper accounts do.
On this day in 2018, an EF3 tornado tracked for 20 miles through Timberlake, Lynchburg, and Elon, VA. The worst damage was in Elon, where several poorly anchored homes were swept away. 12 people were injured. Source.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
On this day in 2008: “(15th and 16th): High Winds blew embers smoldering from an earlier controlled burn. The town of Ordway, CO, was evacuated, as a wildfire burned 8,900 acres of grassland. 2 firefighters died. Their pickup (going through thick smoke) drove into a culvert because a wooden bridge had burned.” Exceprt via the 2021 Weather Guide Calendar.
Seth Rogen was born on April 15, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a comic actor and screenwriter who won over audiences as a charismatic buffoon in a number of box-office hits, including Knocked Up (2007). Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1963: Steve Allen’s musical “Sophie”, based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 2010: After receiving some bad reviews and even enduring some boos during her performance, Whitney Houston brushed off criticism of her first show in the UK in over eleven years by insisting she was playing to a ‘tough crowd’. She had recently been hospitalized with chronic rhinopharyngitis, which is a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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