A total of 39 tornadoes were confirmed on November 16, 2015. They rolled through parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Three were rated EF3. We look at one of those in this summary. It was an extremely large tornado in SW Kansas, traveling over 50 miles through parts of Seward, Meade and Gray Counties. The National Weather Service (NWS) estimated the max width to be 2000 yards (1.1 miles)! This tornado managed to avoid any major communities. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
November 16, 1892: A possible F3 tornado moved 20 miles from 6 miles SW of Harrison, AR. It passed one mile south of town. Per Grazulis, the funnel cloud had what appeared to be a “a ball of fire attached to the front of the funnel.” 15 homes were destroyed. Three people were killed.
November 16, 2015: A supercell produced multiple tornadoes in the vicinity of Pampa, TX. Two EF3 tornadoes tracked within close proximity of each other, passing just south and east of town. The Halliburton Plant sustained major damage when several steel buildings were leveled. Source.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
On this day in 1581, Tsar Ivan the Terrible attacks his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich, with a scepter after an argument leading to the latter’s death three days later. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1873, W.C. Handy, American composer who changed the course of popular music by integrating the blues idiom into then-fashionable ragtime music, was born in Florence, Alabama. He died in 1958. Source: Britannica.
On this day in 2014, U2 singer Bono was involved in what doctors called a “high energy bicycle accident.” The singer was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s emergency department and underwent five hours of surgery. The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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