On This Day: May 19

Tornado Talk Summary

Two supercell thunderstorms produced 8 tornadoes in Central Oklahoma late afternoon and evening, May 19, 2013. The strongest was rated EF4 and moved through parts of Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties. Numerous homes were significantly damaged (EF3) in Cleveland County. The tornado grew to 1500 yards in Pottawatomie County and a small area of EF4 damage was found. There were 2 fatalities in this county. Read the full summary here

Photo courtesy Chris Calvert via NWS Norman summary

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 19, 1949: Grazulis documents a family of small tornadoes that moved from three miles SE of Fisk, MO to near Bernie, Parma, and south of New Madrid. A baby was killed in a home. 60 others were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2012, an EF3 tornado tracked along a nearly 10-mile path from near Crystal Springs to near Harper, KS. Extensive damage occurred to two farms.  Source. 

Photo of the tornado near Crystal Springs. Photo via NWS Wichita.
EF3 damage to a farmstead. Photo via NWS Wichita.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1960, an F4 tornado tracked for 35 miles through parts of Geary, Wabaunsee, Pottawatomie, and Shawnee Counties in Kansas; it was part of a destructive tornado family that traveled for ~70 miles through northern Kansas. At times the twister was nearly two miles wide. Thomas Grazulis, in Significant Tornadoes, rated the tornado F5 and noted that “it produced F5 damage to two farms, one five miles south of Wamego, and another South of St. Mary’s.” Source: Significant Tornadoes 1880-1989. 

Photo of the tornado via This Day in Weather History.

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 1536: Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Sam Smith was born May 19, 1992, in London, England. He is a soul singer with a mellifluous voice who was noted for lyrics that subverted the notions of romantic love that defined popular soul music. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1983: Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1979: ABBA started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Voulez-Vous’ the group’s fourth No.1 album.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 2015: The Refugio oil spill deposited 142,800 U.S. gallons (3,400 barrels) of crude oil onto an area in California considered one of the most biologically diverse coastlines of the west coast. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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