On This Day: February 18

Tornado Talk Summary

We look at a quick-hitting tornado that hit Van Wert County, OH, on this day in 1992. A house, mobile home, and two cars were destroyed. Nine other homes were severely damaged. The tornado drove several pieces of debris into trees. There were six injuries and no fatalities. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 18, 1889: A possible F3 tornado moved from near Nickolson, GA to SE Banks County. Five people were killed in three homes near the start of the path. 20 others were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

A high-end EF3 tornado with 160 mph winds tracked for nearly 20 miles across rural Wilkes and Mcduffie Counties in Georgia on February 18, 2009. The worst damage was near Tyrone, where a cinderblock home was swept away. Source

The cinderblock home that was leveled. Photo via the Damage Assessment Tookit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On February 18, 1965, an avalanche rumbled through the Granduc Mine in British Columbia. 28 men were killed. Source

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 1879, Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1931, Toni Morrison, American writer noted for her examination of Black experience (particularly Black female experience) within the Black community, was born in Lorain, Ohio. She died in 2019. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1986, Anti-smoking ad airs for 1st time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner: he died of smoking-induced lung cancer on 10th October 1985! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1959, Ray Charles recorded ‘What’d I Say’, in New York City. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-response between Charles and his female back-up singers. It became Charles’ biggest hit to date, reaching No.1 on the R&B and No.6 on the pop charts.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A strong EF3 tornado tears by the town of Sparta, Georgia on February 18, 2009. A church, two site-built homes, and four mobile homes were completely destroyed in the Hickory Grove community. Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted along the path. There was 1 fatality and 3 injuries. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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