On This Day: November 12

Tornado Talk Summary

A total of 14 tornadoes occurred on November 12, 2005. All but two were in the state of Iowa. The strongest is the topic of this summary. It had a 17.6 mile path and developed just south of Boxholm. A farm was hit, 2 horses were killed and a pickup truck was flipped over. Numerous homes heavily damaged at Stratford. A woman was killed in one of these homes. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

November 12, 1912: This possible F2 tornado moved from SW of Martinsville, IL to along the southeast edge of the town. An elderly woman was killed in her home. “The second floor was ripped off and carried over 1000 feet.” 

Twister From The 2000s

On November 12, 2005, an F2 tornado tracked for 11 miles through Dallas and Boone Counties in IA. The town of Woodward was hit hard. Several unanchored homes were pushed off their foundations and destroyed, and two people were injured. Source

A home pushed off of its foundation, photo via NWS Des Moines.
A double-wide trailer that was rolled over. Photo via NWS Des Moines.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

November 12, 1970: The “Bhola Cyclone” made landfall in East Pakistan (modern-day Bangladesh). It is considered the deadliest hurricane. An estimated 300,000 to 500,000+ people were killed. Source

Satellite image of the hurricane, on November 11. 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 1927, Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, paving the way for Joseph Stalin to consolidate complete power. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1961, Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast who was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic event, was born in Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej [now Onești], Romania. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1910, 1st possible movie stunt: man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning balloon! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2020, Jim Tucker the original rhythm guitarist with American rock band The Turtles died age 74. He played with The Turtles from 1965 to 1968 and was featured on many of the band’s biggest hits, including the chart-topping 1967 classic ‘Happy Together,’ plus ‘She’d Rather Be with Me’ and the group’s 1965 cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe.’  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

An F2 tornado embedded in a squall line impacts areas south of Douglas, Georgia on November 12, 2002. Some homes sustained severe roof damage and several chicken houses/machine sheds were completely destroyed. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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