On This Day: December 23

Tornado Talk Summary

31 tornadoes occurred on December 23, 2015. The strongest and deadliest of the day was a long track EF4, the second in a tornado family that caused damage through parts of northern Mississippi into southeastern Tennessee. The path length was over 75 miles. Nine were killed and 36 were injured. Read the full summary here

At left, the remains of a home that was leveled along Lamar Road. At right, the spot where a poorly constructed home disappeared in the Ashland area, killing several people.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

December 23, 1921: A possible F3 tornado had a path length of 14 miles through Crittenden County, AR. It hit the town of Clarkedale. Two were killed on a farm two miles SW of town. Four were killed at the Banks and Danner store. 50 people here were doing their Christmas shoppoing.  

Twister From The 2000s

December 23, 2015: An EF3 tornado tracked for 50 miles across Wayne, Lawrence, Lewis, and Maury counties, in south-central Tennessee. The worst damage was in Lutts, where the 1/2 mile wide funnel leveled a church, post office, and several homes. Seven people were injured. Source.

Lutts United Methodist Church, photo via NWS Nashville.
Lutts post office, photo via NWS Nashville.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 23, 1924: Extensive damage occurred in Sydney, Australia, when a storm produced 70 mph winds.  Source

Photo 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 1888, Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1867, Madam C.J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist who was one of the first African American female millionaires in the United States, was born near Delta, Louisiana. She died in 1919. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1938, Margaret Hamilton’s costume catches fire while filming “The Wizard of Oz”! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2002, Sir Paul McCartney was granted his own coat of arms by the College of Arms, the English heraldic body formed in 1484. The crest featured a bird that appeared to be holding a guitar in its claw. The motto is “Ecce Cor Meum”, Latin for ‘Behold My Heart’, which is the title of an oratorio he composed. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A large, high-end EF3 wedge tornado tracks through Panola County, Mississippi on December 23, 2015. Along the path through Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, and Panola County, numerous homes were damaged or destroyed. 2 people were killed and 29 others were injured. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti

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