On This Day: May 30

Tornado Talk Summary

The Spencer, SD F4 tornado of May 30, 1998 was 1 of 5 tornadoes produced by one supercell that tracked about 30 miles. This destructive tornado had a path length of 14 miles and hit the small town of Spencer (population at the time of 320) destroying most of its 190 buildings. 6 people were killed and 150 were injured. The tornado was estimated to reach a width of a mile. Read our full summary here

Image via NWS Sioux Falls.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

May 30, 1931: An F2 tornado tracked from 10 miles NE of downtown Columbus, OH near Central College and the Westerville area. Three barns were demolished, along with a filling station, garage, cars, a truck and a bus. No injuries or fatalities reported.

Twister From The 2000s

On this day in 2004, an F3 tornado tracked for five miles near Peru, IN. Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. A communications tower was topped. One person was injured.  Source. 

The toppled communications tower. Photo via NWS Northern Indiana.
Apartments that were ripped apart, photo via NWS Northern Indiana.

Weather Rewind

Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day

On this day in 2020, Tropical Storm Amanda formed in the Pacific and made landfall in Gautama. Amanda moved across Mexico and emerged into the Gulf of Mexico, on June 1, being renamed to Tropical Storm Cristobol.    Source

Amanda/Cristobal's path. 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 1868: “Decoration Day”, later called Memorial Day is first observed in Northern US states. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

CeeLo Green was born May 30, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a singer, rapper, and songwriter known for his soulful voice and flamboyant persona, both as a solo performer and as part of the rap group Goodie Mob and the eclectic duo Gnarls Barkley. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1987: North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2007: A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago’s radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1971: Mariner 9 is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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