On This Day: October 12

Tornado Talk Summary

One tornado is listed in the SPC Database for October 12, 1978. It was given a rating of F3 and traveled about seven miles through parts of Columbiana County, OH. Damage occurred in the town of Winona. There were four injuries. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 12, 1897: A barn was destroyed and railroad station unroofed at Far Hills, NJ. Estimated rating of F2. Newspaper accounts show the storm continued to move toward Elizabeth where a man was killed. 

Twister From The 2000s

On October 12, 2001, an F3 tornado ravaged the town of Stonewall, Texas. It had a path length of 2.5 miles and was 400 yards wide. 90 homes were damaged, and six were destroyed. Five people were injured. Source

A home that was unroofed, photo via the October 2001 Storm Data Publication.
A large tree that was uprooted. Photo via the October 2001 Storm Data Publication.
Fujita scale damage contour through Stonewall. Map via the October 2001 Storm Data Publication.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 12, 1962: Known as “The Columbus Day Storm,” the remnants of Typhoon Frida made landfall in the Pacific Northwest, bringing widespread destructive winds. A 170 mph wind gust was recorded at Mt. Hebo, OR. Numerous homes and buildings were destroyed across Oregon and Washington. An estimated 11 billion board feet of timber was blown down. 46 people were killed. Source

Destruction in Newberg, Oregon. 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 1901, Theodore Roosevelt renamed the “Executive Mansion” as “The White House”. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1935, Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic lyric tenor who was considered one of the finest bel canto opera singers of the 20th century, was born in Modena, Italy. He died in 2007. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1960, Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma was assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1955, The Chrysler Corporation launched high fidelity record players for their 1956 line-up of cars. The unit measured about four inches high and less than a foot wide and was mounted under the instrument panel. The seven inch discs spun at 16 2/3 rpm and required almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players were discontinued in 1961.  Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1994, The Magellan spacecraft burns up in the atmosphere of Venus. Artist depiction of Magellan at Venus. Photo via NASA.

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