On This Day: March 29

Tornado Talk Summary

16 tornadoes occurred on this day in 1998. Two in Wisconsin (both rated F0) and 14 in the state of Minnesota. This was the largest March occurrence of tornadoes in the state of Minnesota on record. Per the NWS Twin Cities, prior to 1998, there were only 7 tornadoes known to have hit the state in March. In this summary, we will give an overview of the event in MN and go into more detail on the 2 strongest tornadoes for the day: an F4 that tracked through parts of 6 counties with the hardest-hit areas in Comfrey and Lake Hanska and an F3 that hit St. Peter. Read the full summary here

Video image capture of the tornado near Lake Hanska, about 15 miles southwest of New Ulm. Courtesy of Roy Janni (from NWS Twin Cities Summary)

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

March 29, 1940: An F3 tornado struck the fishing village of “Pierre Part” in Assumption Parish, LA. 26 homes were destroyed. Six were killed, mainly children in those homes.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2009, an EF1 tornado struck Lititz, PA. 238 structures were damaged or destroyed, and three people were injured.  Source. 

A trailer that was destroyed. Photo via NWS State College.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On this day in 1848, Niagara Falls completely froze over. 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 1974: Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi’an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard the tomb of China’s 1st emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Sam Walton was born March 29, 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, He was a retail magnate who founded Walmart in 1962 and developed it, by 1990, into the largest retail sales chain in the United States. Walton died in 1992.  Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1945: Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2005: ‘Umbrella’, by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US. The track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US. A No.1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ in 1994, and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You.’  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2013: At least 36 people are killed when a 16-floor building collapses in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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