On This Day: February 15

Tornado Talk Summary

Seventeen tornadoes were confirmed on February 15, 2016. Almost half of these were in the state of Mississippi. This summary looks at an EF2 with max winds of 130 mph that crossed through parts of Copiah and Simpson Counties. The path length was just over 30 miles and the max width of 250 yards. There were no fatalities or injuries reported. Read the full summary here

Image via NWS Jackson.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 15, 1939: An F2 tornado moved through Mount Pinson, AL. A one-block area of town was hit. Three houses were destroyed and a man was killed. Four others were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

An EF3 tornado tracked for 22 miles across Brunswick County, North Carolina, on February 15, 2021. The worst damage was in the Ocean Ridge Plantation, where several homes were damaged or destroyed, one was swept away. Three people were killed and ten injured in Ocean Ridge. Source

The house that was swept away. Photo via NWS Wilmington.
The house that was swept away was thrown into a neighboring home, and they both collapsed. Photo via NWS Wilmington.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On February 15, 2013, a meteor exploded over the town of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Nearly 1500 people were injured as the airburst damaged or destroyed over 7,200 buildings. Source

A zinc factory that collapsed from the air burst. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 399 BC, Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death by the city of Athens for corrupting the minds of the youth of the city and for impiety. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1564, Galileo Galilei, Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the sciences of motion, astronomy, and strength of materials and to the development of the scientific method, was born in Pisa [Italy]. He died in 1642. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1950, Walt Disney’s animated film “Cinderella” premieres in Boston! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. First hit was the 1943 ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’, had the 1955 US No.2 single ‘A Blossom Fell’ and 1957 UK No.2 single ‘When I Fall In Love’ plus over 20 other US & UK Top 40 singles. He is the father of singer Natalie Cole. In 1956 he became the first black American to host a television variety show. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A strong EF3 tornado tears through Escambia County, Florida, near the town of Century, on February 15, 2016. Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, including one that was completely leveled. Extensive tree and power pole damage occurred along the path, and 3 people were injured. This was the first EF3 in Florida since 2007. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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