On This Day: May 27

Tornado Talk Summary

This tornado was one of at least 20 that occurred during the Central Texas Tornado Outbreak of May 27, 1997. This is the same outbreak that produced the Jarrell F5. This tornado traveled 5.6 miles in a general westerly direction through the Pedernales Valley area in Travis County. There was one fatality. A 25-year-old male died when he was either blown from his mobile home or from his pickup truck as he attempted to flee the storm. Read our full summary here

Image via NWS.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 27, 1917: Grazulis denotes what was possibly two separate tornadoes that moved through Jefferson and Blount Counties in Alabama. He assigned an F4 rating. The family moved from Sayre and through Bradford. There was a total of 27 fatalities.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2019, a 1/2 mile wide EF3 tornado tracked for 14 miles through parts of Miami and Fulton Counties in Indiana, near Akron. A few homes were damaged or destroyed, and metal truss towers collapsed. Source. 

A destroyed home, photo via NWS Northern Indiana.
A crumpled metal truss tower. Photo via NWS Northern Indiana.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 1997, one of the most violent tornadoes to ever strike the US wiped out the Double Creek Estates Subdivision in Jarrell, Texas. 27 people lost their lives as homes simply vanished. Cars were thrown far distances and stripped down, trees were debarked, and all of the grass at the core of the vortex was removed, leaving a barren landscape.  Source

An aerial view of the Double Creek Estates. Photo via NWS Austin/San Antonio, TX and NWS Fort Worth/Dallas, TX
Ground-level shot of a house that was destroyed. Photo via NWS Austin/San Antonio, TX and NWS Fort Worth/Dallas, TX.

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 1940: British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

Hubert Humphrey was born May 27, 1911, in Wallace, South Dakota. He was 38th vice president of the United States (1965–69) in the Democratic administration of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson and presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 1968. A liberal leader in the United States Senate (1949–65; 1971–78), he built his political base on a Democrat–Farmer-Labor coalition reminiscent of the Populist Movement. He died in 1978. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1933: Walt Disney’s short film “3 Little Pigs” released (Academy Award Best Animated film 1934). Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1977: The Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart’s ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

A very large and violent EF4 tornado devastated the city of Dayton, Ohio during the late evening of May 27, 2019. Many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, including several strip malls and apartment complexes. Additionally, trees were snapped, uprooted, and debarked along the path of the tornado. Amazingly, there were no fatalities despite there being 166 injuries and the fact that the tornado struck very late at night. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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