On This Day: August 19

Tornado Talk Summary

An outbreak of 30 tornadoes occurred on August 19, 2009. The strongest was rated EF3 and tracked just over 24 miles through parts of Sangamon and Logan Counties in Illinois. 19 were injured and there were no fatalities. Worst damage was on Lester Road. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

August 19, 1939: Grazulis documented a hurricane-spawned tornado family that moved 25 miles across portions of Virginia and Maryland. It moved north-northwest across the 10-mile-wide mouth of the Potomac River estuary. One person was killed in each state. Near Reedville, a home and a fish factory were destroyed.  A man drowned in an overturned boat. Three homes were demolished near Scotland and Dameron, MD. A person was killed in one of the homes. He assigned a rating of F2.

Twister From The 2000s

Tropical Storm Fay spawned an EF2 tornado around 1:30 AM EDT, in Wellington, FL on August 19, 2008. The most intense damage occurred at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic. A heavy trailer was tossed 40 yards. For more information read the full summary from NWS Miami, here.

Storm Relative Velocity radar, showing the tornado's circulation. Image via NWS Miami.
Path of the twister, via NWS Miami.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

 A hail storm pounded Dubuque, IA, on August 19, 1994. Per the NCDC, the hail was as large as 4.5″ in diameter. There was $5 Million in damage as the hail smashed windows in homes and cars. 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 1692, five more people hanged for witchcraft (19 in all) in Salem, MA. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!

Famous Birthday

John Dryden, English poet (1st Poet Laureate 1631-1700), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire on this day in 1646. Source:  Britannica.

Film and TV

On this day in 1978, 422 died in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

In 2008, Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died aged 46. Publicist Ambrosia Healy said he died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in June on his Virginia farm. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

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