On This Day: April 16

Tornado Talk Summary

A two-day tornado outbreak occurred April 15-16, 1998. A total of 61 tornadoes were recorded by the Storm Prediction Center. 42 of those were on the 16th. Our summary for today is on an F4 that traveled a short distance through parts of Mississippi County, AR. Two children were killed, and 12 other people were injured. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 16, 1939: A tornado given an F4 rating moved from SW of Haynesville, LA to the NW part of the town. 40 homes were destroyed. 8 people were killed. They occurred in six different homes in the “Dawson” subdivision. 50 people were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2011, an EF3 tornado tracked for 63 miles through central North Carolina. Major damage occurred in Sanford, and it moved through downtown Raleigh. Six people were killed, and 103 others were injured. Source. 

High-end EF3 damage, a large home was swept away near Sanford. Photo via NWS Raleigh.
Aerial view of damage near Sanford. Photo via NWS Raleigh.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1998, an F5 tornado moved along a 19-mile path through Wayne and Lawrence Counties in Tennessee. Several brick homes were leveled, and a 200-yard-wide swath of pasture land had its grass and clumps of dirt pulled out. 21 people were injured. Source

Photo of the tornado, via NWS Nashville.

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 1900: US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Bill Belichick was born on April 16, 1952, in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a professional gridiron football coach who led the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) to six Super Bowl titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, and 2019), the most for an NFL head coach. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1978: NBC’s premiere of miniseries “Holocaust”. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1996: Kiss appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A powerful and devestating EF3 tornado tears through the town of Askewville, North Carolina during the evening of April 16, 2011. The tornado damaged or destroyed many dozens of homes, resulting in 12 fatalities and 58 injuries. This was the deadliest tornado of the April 16, 2011 tornado outbreak. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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