On This Day: July 12

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the SPC Database, there were 5 tornadoes on July 12, 1971….all in Iowa. The strongest was rated F4. It began in Howard County near Elma and traveled close to 30 miles into Chickasaw County and ending in Fayette County near Waucoma. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 12, 1927: An F2 tornado moved through portions of St. Croix and Dunn Counties in Wisconsin. Barns were destroyed on three farms between Boyceville and Downing. A boy was killed in one of the barns.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2006, an F2 tornado tracked for 10 miles from Sleepy Hollow, NY, through North Greenwich, CT. Thousands of trees were blown down, and several homes, churches, and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Six people were injured. Source. 

Tree damage in Westchester County, NY. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On the evening of July 12, 1995, continuing into the 13th,  the “Right Turn Derecho” formed in eastern Montana and moved east to the Upper Peninsula of MI, and then veered south (hence the name “right turn”) and blasted across MI, Ontario and into OH, and PA. Millions of trees were blown down, dozens of structures were damaged or destroyed, seven people were killed, and at least 36 others were injured.  Source

Map of the derecho via the SPC.

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 1954: President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Bill Cosby was born July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a comedian, actor, and producer who played a major role in the development of a more-positive portrayal of Blacks on television but whose sterling reputation was tarnished by dozens of accusations of sexual assault over the course of many decades. In 2018 he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, but his conviction was overturned three years later. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1976: 1st “Family Feud” game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1980: Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single with ‘Xanadu’, taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third UK No.1 single. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

A thunderstorm passed just south of Ocean City, MD on July 12, 2019, right as the sun was setting. Photo via Tornado Talk writer Nick Wilkes.

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