On This Day: May 25

Tornado Talk Summary

Per the Storm Prediction Center, 8 tornadoes occurred on May 25, 2016. Half of those were in Kansas from an isolated supercell. The strongest tornado was a long track EF4. It began north of Niles, KS and traveled for close to 90 minutes finally dissipating just west of the Dickinson and Geary County line. The estimated peak winds = 180 mph. EF4 (violent tornado) damage was noted just southwest of Chapman where a farmstead was completely destroyed. Read our full summary here

Radar loops of the long-lived tornadic supercell via NWS Topeka
Radar loops of the long-lived tornadic supercell via NWS Topeka

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 25, 1917: Grazulis documents an F5 that developed 4 miles NNW of Cheney, KS and moved through the SE part of Andale and across the south edge of Sedgwick and then to 3 miles NE of Florence. 118 farms, homes and businessess were destroyed, many of which were swept away. A total of 23 fatalities occurred and 70 were injured.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2015, an EF2 tornado tracked for nearly 9 miles through parts of Milam County, TX. One person was killed, and 6 were injured as over a dozen homes, trailers, and barns were damaged or destroyed.  Source. 

Photo of damage via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1955, an F5 tornado touched down just south of the OK/KS border in Kay County, OK it moved into the Udall Kansas area, leveling a large part of the town. 80 people were killed, and 270 were injured. This is the deadliest tornado to affect Kansas.    Source

The frame of a destroyed car wrapped around a tree. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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 1961: JFK announces US goal of putting a man on the Moon before the end of decade. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Ian McKellen was born May 25, 1939, in Burnley, Lancashire, England. He is an actor of great versatility, noted for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for his eclectic filmography. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1969: “Midnight Cowboy” directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970). Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1969: The Who and Led Zeppelin appeared at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA. This was the only time the two group’s ever appeared together, with Zeppelin opening the show. On the tickets Led Zeppelin was spelt Lead Zeppelin.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

A powerful EF3 tornado passes through the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota on the afternoon of May 25, 2008. Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, including multiple poorly-anchored homes that were leveled or swept off their foundation. Many trees and power lines were snapped or downed as well. One person lost their life, and 17 others were injured. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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