On This Day: August 18

Tornado Talk Summary

August 18, 1968: An estimated F3 tornado history parts of Doublas County, NE and the city of Omaha. Significant damage occurred in the Bel Air section. In this area, there were two parallel paths about 500 feet apart, an indication of two vortices. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

August 18, 1880: An estimated F2 crossed an unknown distance in Cass County, ND. There was at least one fatality documented by Grazulis. A man was killed in his destroyed home 14 miles SSW of Fargo, on the Sheyenne River. 

Twister From The 2000s

On August 18, 2005, the largest tornado outbreak in Wisconsin history ravaged the state. 27 tornadoes were confirmed. The strongest was an F3 that struck the town of Stoughton. In Stoughton, 69 homes were leveled, and nearly 400 others were damaged. One person was killed, and 23 others were injured. For more information, read the NWS Summary here.

A photo of the tornado was it was moving through Stoughton. Image via NWS Milwaukee
A home that was swept away in Stoughton. Image via NWS Milwaukee.
More destruction in the town. Photo via NWS Milwaukee.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

Tragedy struck Fort Meyers, FL on August 18, 2005. Lightning killed two roofers and injuring one other as they were getting ready to go home for the day. Source, NCDC

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

In 1838, A United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departed for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!

Famous Birthday

American actor, Robert Redford, was born on this day in 1936 in Santa Monica, CA. Source:  Britannica.

Film and TV

The first weather map was televised for the 1st time on this day in 1926! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

In 1969, Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand during filming of Ned Kelly in Australia. The film was dogged by problems: Jagger’s girlfriend of the time, Marianne Faithfull, had gone to Australia to play the lead female role (Ned’s sister, Maggie), but the Jagger-Faithfull relationship was breaking up, and she took an overdose of sleeping tablets soon after arrival in Sydney resulting in being hospitalised in a coma, and pulling out of the film. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

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