On This Day: February 17

Tornado Talk Summary

23 tornadoes occurred on February 17, 2008, across the Southeast. A long-track tornado (75.63 miles) moved from Russell County, AL, into five Georgia counties. It ended near Roberta in Crawford County. It was rated EF2. Read the full summary here

Destroyed modular home - Highway 341

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 17, 1927: Grazulis documents an F2 tornado that destroyed 65+ tenant homes near Lake Bruin, LA. 13 people were killed and at least 100 were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

An EF3 tornado tracked through Prattville and Millbrook, AL, on February 17, 2008. 50 people were injured, as 200 homes and 40 businesses were damaged or destroyed. Source.  

Path of the twister, via NWS Birmingham.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On February 17, 1926, an avalanche destroyed 14 cottages and a three-story boarding house at Bingham Canyon, UT. 36 people were killed and 13 others injured. Source

Aftermath of the avalanche, 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 1865, Columbia, South Carolina, burns down during American Civil War Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1963, Michael Jordan, American collegiate and professional basketball player widely considered to be one of the greatest all-around players in the history of the game, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2014, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” premieres on NBC! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2004, Prosecutors in the murder case of producer Phil Spector demanded that a fingernail overlooked by police investigating Lana Clarkson’s shooting should be put forward as evidence. They claimed the fingernail, blackened with gunpowder, could indicate that the 40-year old actress killed herself at Spector’s Los Angeles mansion. Spector, had denied murdering Clarkson. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

February 17, 2006: A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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