On This Day: March 13

Tornado Talk Summary

On this day in 1990, a major tornado outbreak ripped across the plains. Two tornadoes were rated F5, one hit Hesston, KS, and the other hit Goessel, KS. We detail both of these violent twisters in our full summary here

The tornado as it tore across Hesston. Photo via NWS Wichita.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

March 13, 1922: A possible F2 tornado moved 4 miles across the west side of Sulphur, OK. 50 buildings (mostly homes) were damaged or destroyed. The county courthouse lost its roof. Barns were leveled on a farm NW of town. Three were killed and 40 injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On March 13, 2021: A large, wedge, tornado tracked for 21 miles from near Happy, TX, to Palo Duro Canyon. Several homes sustained minor to moderate damage, and a cellphone tower and several power poles were snapped. Source

Photo of the twister, north of Happy. Photo via NWS Amarillo.
A house that was damaged, photo via NWS Amarillo.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

“The Storm of Century” crippled much of the eastern US from Alabama all the way to Maine with blizzard conditions from March 12-14, 1993. 318 people were killed. On the 13th, it spawned a derecho, that moved across Florida, causing widespread damage and 11 tornadoes. Source

Satellite image of the storm on March 13. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 2003: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

L. Ron Hubbard was born March 13, 1911, in Tilden, Nebraska. Hubbard was the founder of the Church of Scientology. He died in 1986. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1852: Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the New York Lantern weekly. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On This day in 2014: Two people were killed and 23 injured after a drunk driver crashed through barricades set up for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The driver was thought to have been trying to escape from the police when the accident happened. Two other people later died in hospital.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

What was likely an extremely powerful tornado crosses through open terrain near Washburn, Texas on March 13, 2021. A few small power poles were snapped and a couple outbuildings were destroyed, while a semi was pushed over on Highway 287. Though rated EF0, the NWS Amarillo summary mentions it was likely much stronger. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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