On This Day: January 26

Tornado Talk Summary

Two tornadoes are found in the Storm Prediction Database for January 26, 1974. One was in Crawford County, OH. It was given a rating of F1, and the other went through Randolph County, AL. This Alabama tornado is the subject of this summary! Read it here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

January 26, 1879: Grazulis estimates that an F2 tornado struck near Lockhart, TX. 40 homes were damaged or destroyed and one child was killed. 15 others were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

January 26, 2012: An EF0 tornado tracked for 0.38 miles along County Road 45 near Silas, AL. It snapped and uprooted several trees. Source

A pine tree that was snapped. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

January 26, 1700: An estimated magnitude 8.7-9.2 earthquake occurred just off the coast of modern-day Oregon. A tsunami destroyed and led to the abandonment of several coastal towns in the Pacific Northwest. The tsunami also caused significant damage in Japan. Source

A macroseismic intensity map of the median ground motion values from magnitude 9.0 scenario earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Maximum intensity of IX (Violent). Affected areas include Northern California, western Oregon and Washington, and the Vancouver Island region of British Columbia. Caption and photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1905, World’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1961, Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice-hockey player who was considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on US TV network CBS! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1980, Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand. When interviewed after his performance the singer froze and struggled to reply to the questions he was being asked. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

An F1 tornado impacts the rural community of Gulf Crest, Alabama on January 26, 1996. Several motor homes and trailers were damaged or destroyed, and some frame homes sustained roof damage. Numerous trees were also downed and twisted along the path. 1 person was killed, and 3 others were injured. Photo via GRAnalyst. Courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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