On This Day: October 18

Tornado Talk Summary

16 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on October 18, 1990. One of the strongest was an F3 that quickly hit in Somerset County, NJ in Montgomery Township. Per the Storm Data entry, the tornado developed along a squall line. The path was estimated at only 1/2 mile. Three homes were flattened on DeHart Drive. 21 others were damaged. There were 8 injuries and no fatalities. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 18, 1916: An F2 tornado hit in Covington County, AL near Florala. It was one of four tornadoes spawned by a hurricane that made landfall east of Mobile. One man was killed at his home.

Twister From The 2000s

On October 18, 2007, a high-end EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds at 165 mph tracked for 20 miles through Marshall, Kosciusko, and Elkhart counties in Indiana. The worst damage was in the town of Nappanee. Hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed, and four people were injured. Source.

Destruction in Nappanee, photo via NWS Northern Indiana.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 18, 1916: A category 2 hurricane made landfall in Pensacola, FL. Strong winds and heavy rain battered the area. Twenty-nine people were killed. Source.

Path of the hurricane. 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 1867. The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia, paid $7.2 million. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1939, Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans, LA. The accused assassin of U.S. Pres. John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 was fatally shot two days later by Jack Ruby in the Dallas County Jail. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1988, “Roseanne” TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premiered in the US on ABC! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1956, 21-year-old Elvis Presley pulled into a Memphis gas station where he started to attract a small crowd of autograph seekers. After repeatedly asking Elvis to move on so he could resume normal business, station manager Ed Hopper slapped Presley on the head and found himself on the receiving end of a punch in the face from Elvis. Station employee Aubrey Brown tried to help his boss, but was no match for Presley. After police are called, Hopper and Brown were charged with assault and were fined $25 and $15 respectively. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

An EF1 tornado moves through downtown Pensacola, Florida on October 18, 2007. This tornado prompted a PDS tornado warning and was filmed moving through the city. 8 people were injured. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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