On This Day: April 30

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), 6 tornadoes moved through parts of Central GA on April 30, 1953. All of them had short path lengths, around 5 miles or less. In his book Significant Tornadoes, Thomas Grazulis describes a family of tornadoes that covered 50 miles across parts of Peach, Houston, Twiggs and Wilkinson Counties causing widespread damage. The majority of this damage was in the Warner Robins Area (southern part) in Houston County. 18 people were killed, and 300 people were injured. Read the full summary here

Photo of the tornado via Thomas Grazulis.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

April 30, 1909: An F3 tornado moved 30 miles through portions of Haralson, Polk, Paulding, and Bartow Counties in Georgia. Seven people were killed in homes in Felton. Five others died south and east of Rockmart. South of Cartersville, another person was killed in a home. 40 were injured along the path.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, a large, wedge EF3 tornado tracked for 27.6 miles from near Blue, OK, to Lane. Two people were killed, and 16 were injured. Source. 

A house that was destroyed, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
A building that was leveled. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 2017, a supercell thunderstorm formed over Altoona, PA, and produced quarter-sized hail and a microburst with estimated 70 mph winds.  Source

Photo of the storm's hail core, as it accended Brush Mountain, east of Altoona. Photo taken by Tornado Talk Writer Nick Wilkes.

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 2009: Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Stephen Harper was born on April 30, 1959, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is politician who served as prime minister of Canada (2006–15). Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1939: NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1. The third single from the singer’s Thriller album featured Eddie Van Halen on the song’s distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1947: In Nevada, Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam. Photo of the Hoover Dam via Wikimedia Commons.

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