On This Day: June 13

Tornado Talk Summary

Eleven tornadoes were confirmed on June 13, 1968. 5 were in the state of Minnesota. All rated F0…but one. This devastating tornado struck just after 7pm. It traveled close to 13 miles (Per Storm Data Publication). There were 9 fatalities. The exact number of injuries is not clear. There were at least 125. 110+ homes had major damage. 13 farms and 10 businesses were destroyed. Per the Minneapolis Star (June 14, 1968), the force of this tornado lifted a boxcar from the tracks and moved it 1 1/2 blocks into a residential section. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 13, 1930: An F4 tornado moved from NE of Ellsworth, WI, passing near El Paso and ended along the northern part of Menomonie. About a half dozen farms were leveled. Four people were killed in one farm home west of Menomonie. A young girl was killed in another. “At the north edge of Menomonie, a man was unaware of the tornado until he glanced out a window, and saw a car fly by.”

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2001, an F4 tornado struck near Seward, NE. It leveled a farm.   Source. 

Photo of the tornado via NWS Omaha.
The remains of a car that was thrown into a scoured field. Photo via NWS Omaha.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1976, an F5 tornado demolished the town of Jordan, IA. Dr. Fujita thoroughly surveyed it. It was accompanied by an F3 satellite tornado, which was anticyclonic. Nine people were injured. Source: Significant Tornadoes, 1880-1989. 

Photo of the wreckage at Jordan taken by Dr. Fujita, via NWS Des Moines.

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 1866: US House of representatives passes 14th Amendment (Civil rights). Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

John Nash was born June 13, 1928, in Bluefield, West Virginia. He was a mathematician who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics for his landmark work, first begun in the 1950s, on the mathematics of game theory.  He died in 2015. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1925: Charles Jenkins demonstrates the transmission of synchronized pictures and sound (early television). Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1995: Alanis Morissette released her studio album, Jagged Little Pill. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies world-wide, and made Morissette the first female Canadian to score a US No.1 album. ‘Jagged Little Pill’ featured the massive hits, ‘You Oughta Know’, ‘Hand in My Pocket’, ‘Ironic’, and ‘You Learn’. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

An F4 tornado swept through Lemont, IL, on June 13, 1976. Several homes were leveled. Two anticyclonic satellite tornadoes accompanied it. Two people were killed, and 23 were injured. Photo via NWS Chicago.

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