On This Day: July 21

Tornado Talk Summary

Teton Wilderness, WY F4 Tornado – July 21, 1987! This tornado’s most impressive feat was the fact that it crossed the continental divide at over 10,000 ft. This is the highest elevation that a violent (F4/F5) tornado has ever occurred on record. Read the full summary here

Dr. Fujita's map from the Storm Data Publication.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

July 21, 1943: An F2 tornado moved through parts of Van Wert, OH. Six barns were damaged or destroyed NW and north of the town of Van Wert.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2014, an EF2 tornado tracked for 38 miles through Polk and Red Lake Counties in MN. Extensive tree damage occurred, and some homes and farm buildings were damaged. Source. 

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1993, a large, wedge tornado passed across the open country near Last Chance, CO. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes: “The tornado may have damaged storage sheds and grain combines but is officially rated at F0. Several amazing photos of the tornado were taken by William Reid, and can be viewed at his blog, stormbruiser.com. After this spectacular tornado dissipated, an F3 tornado hit near Lindon, CO, injuring 6 people.  Source: Significant Tornadoes 1992-1995. 

Photo of the Last Chance, CO F0 tornado taken by William Reid, via his blog stormbruiser.com

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 365: Crete Earthquake followed by tsunami around the Eastern Mediterranean allegedly destroys Alexandria. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He was a comedian and actor known for his manic stand-up routines and his diverse film performances. He won an Academy Award for his role in Good Will Hunting (1997).  He died in 2014. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1978: “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” film starring The Bee Gees, based on the Beatles’ album of the same name, premieres in NYC. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1987: Guns N’ Roses released their debut album on Geffen Records: Appetite For Destruction featured the singles ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’, and ‘Paradise City’. The album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time there. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

The 7.3 Mw  Kern County earthquake strikes Southern California on July 21, 1952, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 12 and injuring hundreds. Photo of a destroyed school via Wikimedia Commons.

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