On This Day: December 19

Tornado Talk Summary

The strongest tornado that occurred on December 19, 1957 was later rated F4. It moved through parts of Southern Arkansas from near Waldo and McNeil, northeast to near Stephens and ending NW of Buena Vista. The worst damage was near the beginning of the path. Five homes and three other buildings were destroyed. Five other homes were damaged. At the end of the path, a car was picked up and rolled 600 yards. There were nine injuries and two women were killed. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

No entries on this day before 1950. 

Twister From The 2000s

December 19, 2017: An EF2 tornado passed through areas just southwest of Rusk, TX. Extensive tree and powerline damage occurred along the three-mile path. A few homes lost parts of their roofs. Source.  

Tree damage, 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 19, 2009: A nor’easter brought heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. 26.3″ of snow fell at Upton, NY, and 22.9″ in Philadelphia, PA. Source

Snowfall map via NCDC.

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 1958, 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message “to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere”. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1924, Cicely Tyson, American model and actress noted for her vivid portrayals of strong African American women, was born in New York City, New York. She died in 2021. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1980, Comedy film “9 to 5” starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is released! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley had his draft notice served on him for the US Army. He went on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A very large, low-end EF2 tornado tracks through Reklaw, Texas on December 19, 2017. One unanchored cabin was lifted off its foundation and tossed into a forest, while a fiberglass boat was tossed and never found. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti

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