On This Day: July 18

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the SPC, there were a total of 8 tornadoes on July 18, 2004. All of them were in North Dakota. The strongest of these, an F4, is the topic of this summary. This was just five days after the widely covered Roanoke, IL F4 tornado, which bore a few similarities to this event. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 18, 1883: An F3 tornado moved 10 miles across parts of Spink County, SD. It traveled south of Redfield to north of Hitchcock to SE of Crandon. A farm home was demolished. “Three people were killed on one farm, and four others may have died. This seems to have been a strong tornado in a 10-mile-wide downburst.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2001 an F3 tornado struck the house of the Nelson County, ND Sherrif. Per the NCDC ” The tornado tore the roof off the house and destroyed the barn. A piece of farm machinery was thrown through the bedroom wall and a tractor was hurled 75 yards. The sheriff’s squad car was crushed.” Source. 

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1986, an F2 tornado hit the Minneapolis suburbs of Brooklyn Park and Fridley. A news helicopter broadcasted it live on TV as it was lofting trees into the air. Source

Screenshot of the July 1986 Storm Data Publication.

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 2013: Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Richard Branson was born July 18, 1950, in Shamley Green, Surrey, England. He is an entrepreneur and adventurer, head of Virgin Group Ltd., known for his publicity stunts and also for setting records in powerboat racing and hot-air ballooning. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1988: Shooting begins on Bond film “License to Kill”. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1998: The Beastie Boys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Hello Nasty’, only the second rap album to make No.1 in the UK, the first being Wu-Tang Clan. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A strong F2 tornado passes over a rural area near Hatton, North Dakota during the evening of July 18, 2004. One barn had its roof torn off and a high voltage power tower was knocked over. Many trees sustained damage as well. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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