On This Day: November 16

Tornado Talk Summary

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

Photo of the tornado via Tony Laubach

SIGTOR Spotlight

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.

Twister From The 2000s

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.  

Map of the twisters, photo via NWS Amarillo.
Photo of the one EF3 tornado, via NWS Amarillo.
Damage at Halliburton. Photo via NWS Amarillo.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

November 16, 2017: Lightning struck a tree in Winsted, CT. It ignited a fire that spread to a nearby house. Source

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 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

Famous Birthday

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

Film & TV

On this day in 1957, BBC’s 1st pop music show, the “Six-Five Special”, is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

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

Photo of the Day

November 16, 1990: Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals. Photo by Alan Light, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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