On This Day: October 3

Tornado Talk Summary

On October 3, 1979, a significant tornado hit without warning in Hartford County, CT. This was one of the most destructive twisters to ever hit the state of Connecticut. There was another F4 to hit New Haven County, CT on July 10, 1989 which caused similar monetary damage. This 1979 tornado though is the deadliest tornado on record for Connecticut (1950-present). There were three fatalities. The deadliest known tornado in Connecticut was the 1878 Wallingford tornado – 34 killed on August 9, 1878. (Grazulis, 596). Read the detailes about this event here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

October 3, 1903: Grazulis documents three significant tornadoes on this day. Two were rated F4! One of those was probably a tornado family and moved 55 miles through parts of Minnesota/Wisconsin. The tornado devastated St. Charles, MN. Seven were killed here, 50 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Two others died at Independence, WI. “Half of the town was torn apart.”

Twister From The 2000s

On October 3, 2014, an EF1 tornado moved for 1.36 miles east-northeast paralleling Route 275 near Merritstown, KY. Trees were snapped, a metal building was unroofed, and the volunteer fire sustained minor damage. Source

A metal building that lost its roof, photo via the DAT.
Damage to a metal building, photo from the DAT.
A snapped tree, photo via the DAT.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

October 3, 2015: Hurricane Joaquin was spinning off the east coast of the United States, and a plume of moisture from the hurricane linked up with a stalled cold front along the South Carolina coastline, the combination of those two led to heavy rainfall between October 2 and 4th, with the heaviest falling on October 3. Up to 20″ of rain fell in parts of SC, causing catastrophic flooding. More information can be found here

Flooding along Garner's Ferry Road in Columbia, SC. Photo via NWS Columbia.

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 1913, US Federal income tax was signed into law (at 1%) by President Woodrow Wilson. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1925, Gore Vidal, prolific American novelist and essayist, was born in West Point, New York. He died in 2012. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1992, Sinead O’Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live”! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, Stevie Ray Vaughan, (Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday), to be “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day”. An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

Hurricane Lili nears landfall in Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane on October 3, 2002. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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