On This Day: March 2

Tornado Talk Summary

On this day in 2012, an EF3 tornado tracked for 85 miles through parts of Kentucky and West Virginia. 10 people were killed, and 118 others were injured. The town of West Liberty, KY, was devastated.  Read our full summary here

Damage in downtown West Liberty, KY. Photo via NWS Jackson.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

March 2, 1906: A devastating F4 tornado moved 11 miles through Lauderdale, MS. It struck Meridian. “Homes were swept away and factories were leveled. ‘Small balls of fire’ were said to have been thrown from the front and sides (but not the rear) of the tornado). 23 people were killed and 60 injured.

Twister From The 2000s

March 2, 2012: A low-end EF4 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 175 mph slashed a 49-mile path from Washington County into Trimble County, KY. The worst damage was in Henryville, where several homes were leveled, and the middle/high school complex sustained major damage.  11 people were killed, and an unknown number of injuries occurred. Source

Photo of the twister, via NWS Louisville.
Aerial view of the school complex. Photo from NWS Louisville.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1927, 17.8 of snow fell at Raleigh, NC. This held the record of the most snow in the city in a 24 hour period, until January 25, 2000, when 17.9″ was recorded. 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 1946, Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Dr. Seuss was born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts; he passed away in 1991. He is known for his popular children’s books, which were noted for their nonsense words, playful rhymes, and unusual creatures. Source: Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1933, “King Kong” film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1975: A policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda. The cop detected a smell of marijuana and on searching the car found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offence.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

A violent EF4 tornado tracks through the town of Crittenden, Kentucky on March 2, 2012. Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, including several well-built homes that were leveled or swept off their foundations. Many trees were stripped of all branches and debarked, and one vehicle was carried over 1800 feet. There were 4 fatalities and 8 injuries. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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