On This Day: April 24

Tornado Talk Summary

During the midday hours of April 24, 2010, a destructive long track tornado made a 149 mile journey across 1 parish in Louisiana and 8 Counties in MS. It formed just south of I-20 west of Tallulah in Madish Parish, LA and dissipated 5 miles north of Sturgis, MS in Okitebbah County. Actual time on the ground: 2 hours and 44 minutes. In Yazoo County, MS, the twister reached its maximum width of 1.75-miles – the widest in the state’s recorded history at the time. It held that record for the widest in state history until April 12, 2020, when an EF4 that had a width of 2.25-miles, hit Bassfield. Along the path there were 10 fatalities reported and 146 injuries. The tornado was rated EF4 with estimated max winds of 170mph. Read the full summary here

Image of the tornado to the southwest of Yazoo City. (Photo courtesy: Reed Timmer and Tornadovideos.net)

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 24, 1904: An F4 tornado crossed 28 miles through Hopkins, Franklin and Titus Counties in Texas. Six homes were demolished SW of Saltillo. A dozen homes were struck near Mt. Vernon. North of Mount Pleasant, one large farm house was “blown into kindling wood.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2010, an EF4 tornado struck near Collinsville, AL. A church and a two-story home were destroyed, and nearby trees were debarked. Source. 

Aerial view of the destroyed church and house, photo via NWS Huntsville.
The destroyed church, photo via NWS Huntsville.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1908, an outbreak of 14 F2 or stronger tornadoes tore across the Gulf Coast and Southeast. Four were rated F4. Over 250 people were killed, and at least 1500 others were injured.  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 1184 BC: The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Barbra Streisand was born on  April 24, 1942, Brooklyn, New York. She is a singer, composer, actress, director, and producer who was considered by many to be the greatest popular singer of her generation. The first major female star to command roles as a Jewish actress, Streisand redefined female stardom in the 1960s and ’70s with her sensitive portrayal of ethnic urban characters. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1950: Leonard Bernstein’s musical “Peter Pan”, starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1959: Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A powerful EF3 tornado impacts the city of Cordova, Alabama during the evening of April 24, 2010. Along the path, 70-80 homes and other buildings were damaged, including one home that was completely destroyed. Between 800-1000 trees were snapped or uprooted as well. One year and three days later, Cordova would be devestated by a violent EF4 tornado during the April 27, 2011 Super Outbreak. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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