On This Day: December 30

Tornado Talk Summary

For the second day in a row, Fort Rucker, AL was hit by a tornado. The first time occurred at 425pm CT on December 29, 1973. It “skipped” east-northeast from Enterprise to Ft. Rucker. The rating given was F3. The second tornado which occurred just before 5pm CT on December 30, 1973 caused greater damage to Ft. Rucker than the one the day before. It was also rated F3 and you can read the summary about this event here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

December 30, 1931: An estimated F4 tornado moved from 9 miles SW of Magee, MS through the eastern side of town and ended at New Hebron. There was F4 damage to two large homes NE of Magee. Five were killed and most of the deaths were in small homes at a turpentine camp south of town. “Parts of homes were found up to three miles away.” 

Twister From The 2000s

December 30, 2002: An F1 tornado struck the western side of Iowa, LA. Two homes were destroyed, and a mall and several other homes were damaged. One person was injured. Source

Damage to the mall, photo via NWS Lake Charles.
A restaurant in Iowa, that lost its roff. Photo via NWS Lake Charles.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

December 30, 2017: Several “steam devils” formed over Lake Mac, SD. Per NWS North Platte: “A boundary moved over the lake’s ‘warmer’ water (compared to surrounding air). The combination of converging winds and energy added by the lake helped spin these up.” Source

Photo of the steam devils. Photos via NWS North Platte.

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 1924, Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1865, Rudyard Kipling, English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children, was born in Bombay [now Mumbai], India. He died in 1936. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1953, The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1998, American rhythm and blues singer Johnny Moore who was lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit ‘Under The Boardwalk’, died at the age of 64. Moore began as lead singer of the Cleveland based group the Hornets, before being discovered by the Drifters. He joined the group as lead vocalist in New York in 1955, at age 21. Moore also sang lead on the hits ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’ and ‘Up In The Streets Of Harlem’. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

December 30, 2005: Tropical Storm Zeta formed on this day, and continued until January 6, 2006. The photo above was taken on December 30, just after Zeta formed. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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