On This Day: February 5

Tornado Talk Summary

The second-largest February tornado outbreak since 1950 occurred during the evening of February 5 and the early morning of February 6, 2008. The event began on Super Tuesday, while 24 U.S. states held primary elections and caucuses to select the presidential candidates for the upcoming presidential election. This summary looks at a long-track EF4 tornado that pushed through 7 counties in Arkansas. Read the full summary here

From the NWS Little Rock: A tornado approached Clinton (Van Buren County) from the southwest toward sunset on 02/05/2008. The photo is courtesy of Josh Smith.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 5, 1922: A possible F2 tornado pressed two miles in Coffee County, AL. The tornado swept along the SE edge of Enterprise. About 40 families were left homeless and one boy was killed. Twelve people were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

February 5, 2008: A violent EF4 tornado ripped through Savannah, TN. The twister damaged or destroyed nearly 200 structures, including a church that was nearly swept away. Sadly three people were killed, and five others were injured. Source


Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

4-7″ of snow fell across the San Francisco Metro on February 5, 1887. Source.

Photo of the snow in San Francisco, 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 1924, 1st Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1934, Hank Aaron, American professional baseball player who, during 23 seasons in the major leagues (1954–76), surpassed batting records set by some of the greatest hitters in the game, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial, was born in Mobile, Alabama. He died in 2021. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1919, Hollywood film studio United Artists founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2008, Amy Winehouse was questioned by police in connection with a video apparently showing her smoking a crack-cocaine pipe. The singer, who was not arrested, was interviewed under caution after the video was posted online by the Sun newspaper. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A devestating EF3 tornado tears through the community of Castalian Springs, Tennessee during the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak of February 5, 2008. This tornado was on the ground for 50.32 miles theough Tennessee and Kentucky. It took the lives of 22 people, while injuring 63 others. Hundreds of homes, businesses, and other structures were severely damaged or completely destroyed. This was the deadliest tornado of the outbreak. Photo via GRAnalyst. Courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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