On This Day: May 11

Tornado Talk Summary

A devastating F5 tornado crossed through parts of Lubbock, TX, during the late evening of May 11, 1970. It was actually the 2nd tornado of two that hit the Lubbock area that evening. Per the NWS Lubbock, “Dr. Theodore “Ted” Fujita later determined that all but one of the deaths (96%) occurred along the path of suction spots (also know as suction swaths and suction marks).” There were 26 fatalities and 500 injuries. Read the full summary here

Photograph taken by NASA that shows the pattern of three suction swaths along Kent Street. The destructive damage from each vortex within the tornado (otherwise known as suction swaths) follows the arrows. Fujita noted that the damage was not necessarily related to the distance that the structures were from the center of the tornado path. Image courtesy of Weatherwise Magaziene and part of NWS Lubbock Summary of the event.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 11, 1943: Grazulis writes about an F2 tornado that moved from Cahaba, AL to SE of Selma to near Burnsville. Tenant homes were destroyed on four plantations near Selma. A child was killed after being thrown 400 yards from a home site. 20 people were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2014 an EF3 tornado tracked for nearly 22 miles through parts of Clay and Filmore Counties in Nebraska. It passed just west and north of Sutton. At least one home was destroyed. Source. 

The house that was destroyed. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).
A tree that had minor debarking. Photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1865, a tornado struck Philadelphia, PA. 23 homes were blown down, killing one person and injuring at least 15 others.  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 330: Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Salvador Dalí was born May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain. He was a surrealist painter and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery. He died in 1989.  Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1956: Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1967: The Bee Gees made their Top Of The Pops debut performing ‘New York Mining Disaster’ on the UK TV show. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana in 1910. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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