On This Day: June 15

Tornado Talk Summary

7 out of the 11 tornadoes that occurred on June 15, 1990 were in the state of Nebraska. The strongest was an F4 that grew at times to be 1.5 miles wide. It began just NW of Stratton. It was a multi-vortex tornado at this time that merged near Macklin Bay on Swanson Lake. It moved ENE and lifted after a 28 mile path 5 miles NE of McCook. Most of the structural damage was in Hitchcock County. 35 rural houses were damaged/destroyed. There was one injury and no fatalities. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 15, 1912: Grazulis documents an F5 tornado in Bates and Henry Counties in Missouri. It moved from 10 miles SW of Adrian, passing about a mile south of that town to 3 miles NE of Creighton. Three were killed near Adrian. Over a dozen houses destroyed and two large homes were swept away. Two more deaths occurred near Creighton.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, an EF2 tornado struck near Ellettsville, IN. A garage was swept away, several outbuildings were destroyed, and trees were shredded.  Source. 

The garage that was swept away. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
Tree damage, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1988, six tornadoes touched down in the Denver, CO, Metro area. The strongest was an F3; it damaged or destroyed 85 buildings, flipped cars, and injured seven people.  Source: Significant Tornadoes, 1880-1989.

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 1896: Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Helen Hunt was born June 15, 1963, Culver City, California. She is an actress known for her caustic wit and easy charm. Her popularity on the television series Mad About You (1992–99; 2019) led to a successful film career, highlighted by her Academy Award-winning performance in As Good As It Gets (1997). Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1878: World’s first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1974: ABBA’s second album (but first UK release), ‘Waterloo’ entered the UK chart for the first time peaking at No.28. The album’s title track won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1991: In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, killing over 800 people. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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