Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
January 11, 1898: A devastating F4 tornado moved through portions of Sebastian and Crawford Counties in Arkansas. Grazulis denotes it was a part of a tornado family. the path was 10 miles. It developed on the west edge of Fort Smith. “Moving ENE through the heart of the sleeping city, it leveled dozens of homes and businesses such as the new $50,000 high school. The town was said to be crowded with rural visitors and some unidentified people may have been killed in boarding room fires. There were 33 people killed outright and at least 19 more died from injuries. Sixteen people died in a single residential block.” Grazulis documents 55 total fatalities and 113 injuries.
January 11, 2020: A high-end EF2 tornado with 130 mph winds touched down for only 1/2 mile as it moved across the North Central High School in Kershaw County, SC. Extensive damage occurred as the twister tore off parts of the roof and collapsed walls. Four school buses were moved, and 31 others were peppered by flying debris. Source.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
On this day in 1971, Mary J. Blige, American singer-songwriter and actress who has been called the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, was born in Bronx, New York. Source: Britannica.
On this day in 1964, ‘Louie Louie’ by The Kingsmen was the No.1 song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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