On This Day: April 3

Tornado Talk Summary

The deadliest tornado of the April 3-4, 1974 outbreak was the F5 that hit Xenia, OH. Per the SPC, it continues to be in the top 10 of costliest tornadoes on record. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, “This was the most publicized tornado of the day and perhaps the most well-studied tornado in history, from a wind-engineering perspective.” 36 people were killed and over 1100 others were injured. Read the full summary here

The Xenia Tornado. Photo taken from the Greene Memorial Hospital by Fred Stewart. From NWS Wilmington Summary.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 3, 1924: An F2 tornado moved slowly through parts of Denton and Dallas Counties in Texas. Near Renner, a man was killed when he was tossed into a tree. At the end of the 15 mile path, the Lawler schoolhouse was demolished. A total of 14 injuries occurred.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2012, an EF3 tornado struck the town of Forney, TX. Seven people were injured as 14 homes were destroyed and 70 others were damaged. Source

A destroyed home, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
A home that was ripped apart. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1898: An avalanche near Chilkoot Pass, Alaska buried 142 people and killed 43 others. 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 1922: Joseph Stalin is appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by an ailing Vladimir Lenin. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Alec Baldwin, was born April 3, 1958, Massapequa, NY. He is an actor of great versatility who was especially known for his portrayal of roguish characters. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1968: “Planet of the Apes”, starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell premiers nationally in the United States. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2008: Mariah Carey smashed Elvis Presley’s US chart record by scoring the 18th number one of her career with ‘Touch My Body’, from her new album E=MC2. Carey had now surpassed Elvis Presley’s 17 number ones, The Beatles still held the record with 20 US No.1 hit singles..  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A very high-end EF-2 tornado moves into the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas during the afternoon of April 3, 2012. The tornado destroyed 8 homes and damaged 291 others across the two cities. A tornado emergency was issued for this storm; amazingly, there were only 7 injuries and no fatalities. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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