On This Day: December 16

Tornado Talk Summary

Twenty-four tornadoes were confirmed on December 16, 2000. Half of those were in the state of Alabama including the strongest of the day. It was a devastating F4 that pushed 18 miles through Tuscaloosa County. Eleven were killed and 144 injured. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

No entries in Significant Tornadoes before 1950 for December 16. 

Twister From The 2000s

December 16, 2019: An EF3 tornado touched down in DeRidder, LA, and tracked northeast for 62 miles through Fort Polk, Alexandria, and Pineville. Numerous homes and businesses were heavily damaged or destroyed, and there was extensive tree damage. One person was killed. Source

The Hope Baptists School in Alexandria, LA. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 16, 1946: The temperature in Fairbanks, AK plunged to 62 degrees below zero! 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 1920, 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1775, Jane Austen, English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life, was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England. He died in 1817. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1950, Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1988, American soul and disco singer Sylvester James died of complications from AIDS in San Francisco aged 41. Scored the 1978 US No.36 & UK No.8 single ‘You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real’. He sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin on her 1985 Who’s Zoomin’ Who’ Album. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A low-end EF3 tornado tracks through Laurel, Mississippi on December 16, 2019. Many homes and businesses were severely damaged, including a manufacturing plant that was completely destroyed. Several large transmission towers were downed as well. 3 people were injured. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti

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