On This Day: October 17

Tornado Talk Summary

A total of 11 tornadoes were confirmed on October 17, 2012. All but two were in the state of Mississippi. The strongest of the day was given a rating of EF3 with maximum sustained winds of 140mph. It moved through parts of Scott and Newton Counties in Mississippi. Read the full summary here

Image via NWS Jackson.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 17, 1946: An estimated F3 moved 7 miles from SW of Goodland, OK to the edge of Hugo. Several homes and the Goodland Indian School were unroofed and torn apart.

Twister From The 2000s

On October 17, 2007, an EF1 tornado tracked for 11.46 miles through rural Randal County, TX. It snapped numerous trees and power poles and caused extensive damage to many barns and sheds. One home also was hit. Source.

Photo of damage via NWS Amarillo.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 17, 1998: Heavy rain began falling across the San Antonio area on the 17th and lasted through the 19th. Up to 30″ of rain fell in some spots resulting in widespread significant flooding. Sadly 31 people lost their lives. Source.

Graphic via NWS Austin/San Antonio.

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 79, Mt. Vesuvius erupts, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae and killing thousands. New research in 2018 suggests the eruption occurred on or after this date not the previously used 24 August. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1972, Eminem, byname of Marshall Bruce Mathers III, American rapper, record producer, and actor, was born in St. Joseph, MO. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1957, Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premiered in Memphis, Tennessee! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1991, American singer and television presenter Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had the 1955 US & UK No.1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song ‘Sixteen Tons’. In the 60’s hosted a daytime talk show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on the ABC television network. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1989: The 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake shakes the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast, killing 63. Photo by H. G. Wilshire for U.S. Geological Survey via Wikimedia Commons.

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