On This Day: April 27

Tornado Talk Summary

362 tornadoes ripped across the United States during the April 25-28, 2011 Super Outbreak. 207 of those tornadoes occurred on April 27. An intense EF3 tornado tore apart neighborhoods across a 32-mile track in Bartow, Cherokee, and Pickens Counties in Georgia, on the 27th. Multiple two-story homes were wiped from their foundations, and nearby trees sustained substantial debarking. 26 people were injured. Read the full summary here

An aerial photo showing the violent damage in the Crowe Springs area. Image via NWS Peachtree City.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 27, 1942: A devastating F4 tornado moved from five miles south of Claremore, OK to Pryor. A third of that town was destroyed. 49 people were killed at Pryor, and three others on farms WSW of town. 350 injuries occurred. “Pryor was a crowded, wartime boom town, with many hastily built homes near WWII defense plants. About 500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2011, an EF4 tornado slashed a 116-mile path through Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Walker, and Blount Counties in Alabama. The town of Cordova took a direct hit, and major damage occurred to downtown. 13 people were killed, and 54 others were injured. Source. 

Aerial view of Cordova, photo via NWS Birmingham.
A crumpled pick-up truck. Photo via NWS Birmingham.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 2014, an EF4 tracked for 41 miles through Central Arkansas. Major damage occurred in Vilonia. 16 people were killed, and 193 others were injured. Damage survey expert Tim Marshall noted that the rating was “lower-bound” and that there was a possibility of EF5 winds.  Source

Houses were demolished in the Parkwood Meadows subdivision. Photo via NWS Little Rock.

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 2005: The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio, U.S. He was a U.S. general, commander of the Union armies during the late years (1864–65) of the American Civil War, and 18th president of the United States (1869–77). He died in 1885. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2014: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” late-night talk and news show fronted by John Oliver premieres on HBO. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2009, Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert would receive a free ticket. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A violent, devestating, high-end EF-4 tornado tears through Jackson County, Alabama near the town of Flat Rock during the historic tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011. Along the 46.58 mile path through Alabama and Georgia, the tornado killed 14 people and injured over 50 others as dozens of homes were leveled or swept away, and many more were damaged or destroyed. The tornado inflicted severe damage to the city of Trenton, Georgia as well. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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