On This Day: December 18

Tornado Talk Summary

A total of 25 tornadoes occurred on December 17, 1957, all in Illinois or Missouri. Two were later rated F4 and one was given an F5 rating. In this summary, we look at an F4 that traveled close to 30 miles through parts of Jackson, Williamson and Franklin Counties in Illinois. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, the path followed closely to a section of the great Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925. He also notes that the point of origin may have been in Missouri. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

No listing before 1950. 

Twister From The 2000s

December 18, 2018: An EF2 tornado struck Port Orchard, WA. 300 homes and businesses were damaged, and 25 were destroyed. Source

A warehouse in Port Orchard that was destroyed. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 18, 2016: Record breaking cold affected central South Dakota. Temperatures plunged as low as 37 degrees below zero, with wind chills as low as 57 degrees below zero. Source

Graphic via NWS Aberdeen.

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 1957, the World’s 1st full scale nuclear power plant, for peacetime use only, begins to generate electricity at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1980, Christina Aguilera, American pop singer who emerged during the teen pop explosion of the late 1990s and experienced almost instant commercial success, was born in Staten Island, New York. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1966, Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2015, A US medical examiner said Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died from a toxic mix of drugs including cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy. Weiland, who was 48, rose to fame with the Stone Temple Pilots was found dead on his tour bus outside a hotel in Bloomington, Minneapolis, on 3 December of this year. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

An oil tanker struggled to stay afloat during Category 5 Typhoon Cobra on December 18, 1944. 790 United States Sailors were killed as three warships were sunk, and nine others were damaged. Photo via the National Archives.

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