On This Day: June 17

Tornado Talk Summary

Pilger-Thurston, NE F3 Tornado – June 17, 1954: 23.6 mile path. 10 sets of farm buildings, a church and a school were destroyed. There was one fatality. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

June 17, 1915: An F4 tornado occurred in Pottawatomie County, KS. It had a seven mile path. Per Grazulis, it moved northwest and curved around the town of Onaga. It then turned to the southwest at the end of the path. Five were killed, all members of one family. There home was destroyed SW of Onaga.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2014, an EF3 tornado struck near Coleridge, NE. It reached a peak width of 1.17 miles wide; it leveled two farm homes, caused severe ground scouring, and debarked trees. Source. 

A home that was leveled, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
Grain bins that were crumpled, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1882, an F5 tornado tracked for 105 miles through Central Iowa. It devastated the town of Grinnell. 68 people were killed and 300 were injured.  Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

Destruction in Grinnell, photo via digitalcommonwealth.org.

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 1837: Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Newt Gingrich was born June 17, 1943, in  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is a politician, who served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995–98); he was the first Republican to hold the office in 40 years. He later sought the party’s nomination for president in 2012.
Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2018: “The Incredibles 2” sets a box office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1997: Fans rioted at an Ozzfest concert in Columbus Ohio, after Ozzy Osbourne couldn’t perform due to throat problems. Angry fans broke windows, uprooted trees, and turned over a parked car.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

A violent EF-4 tornado tears past the town of Holmes, North Dakota during the historic tornado outbreak of June 17, 2010 across Minnesota and North Dakota. The highly visible stovepipe tornado damaged or destroyed several farmsteads, including one where a well-built home was swept off its foundation. Officially, this was the strongest tornado of 2010, with winds estimated at 185mph. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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