On This Day: February 7

Tornado Talk Summary

During the early AM of February 7, 1971, a waterspout south of Santa Rosa Island moved northeast, becoming a tornado near Navy Cove. Half of the units in a 112-unit apartment complex were destroyed near Gulf Breeze. 112 people were injured, there were no fatalities. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

February 7, 1890: A possible F2 tornado moved just south of Eunola, AL. A residence was destroyed. “A resident of the destroyed home described it as being enveloped in a cloud of sparks.” There was one fatality and three injuries.

Twister From The 2000s

On February 7, 2017: An EF3 tornado tracked for 10 miles across the eastern part of New Orleans, LA. Over 600 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Some buildings were torn apart NASA’s Michoud Assembly Center. 33 people were injured. Source

Photo of the twister as it was passing through NASA. Photo via NWS New Orleans.
Damage in East New Orleans. Photo via NWS New Orleans.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

February 7, 1892: The mercury plunged to -90 degrees in Verkhoyansk, Russia. This held the record for the coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere, until 1991! 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 1839, Henry Clay declares in Senate “I had rather be right than president”. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1812, Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. He died in 1870. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1940, Walt Disney’s second feature length movie, “Pinocchio” premieres (NYC)! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads “Holley”, the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar. On Feb 3rd 1959, after a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered an airplane to travel to his next show in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and the pilot, an infamous milestone in rock history known as The Day the Music Died. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A very strong and large EF2 wedge tornado moves over rural swamp near the town of Akers, Louisiana on February 7, 2017. Two homes and three barns were destroyed, including an unanchored cinder-block foundation house that was completely swept away. Many trees were snapped or uprooted, and several power poles were also snapped. 3 people were injured. Photo via GRAnalyst. Courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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