On This Day: March 17

Tornado Talk Summary

Four tornadoes were reported in the state of Florida on March 17, 1985. The strongest occurred early in the AM. It was given a rating of F3 and traveled a short path of 3 miles through parts of Sarasota County. The tornado developed 2 miles SW of Venice and moved to 3 miles SE of town. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

March 17, 1927: An F3 tornado moved from the south of Slocomb, AR to west of Benton. Twelve people were killed all “in a swath cut from the county border to 3m W of Benton. Seven died in one home.” A total of fourteen homes were demolished. Approximately 3 million board feet of timber were blown down.

Twister From The 2000s

On March 17, 2021, an EF2 tornado moved through parts of Chilton County, AL, near Pools Crossroads. Several homes and mobile homes were damaged or destroyed. Source

A house that was ripped apart. Photo via NWS Birmingham.
Debris from a leveled trailer, photo via NWS Birmingham.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

The ban on using the word “tornado” issued in 1886 ended on this day in 1952. Source

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 1905, Albert Einstein finishes his scientific paper detailing his Quantum Theory of Light, one of the foundations of modern physics. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1972, Mia Hamm, American football (soccer) player who became the first international star of the women’s game, was born in Selma, Alabama. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 2017, Live-action remake “Beauty and the Beast” directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before Elvis moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A high-end EF1 tornado tears through forest near Tuscaloosa, Alabama on March 17, 2021. Many structures were damaged, either from high winds or falling trees. Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted along the path as well. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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