On September 17, 2004, the largest tornado outbreak in Virginia history swept across the state. Per the SPC, 38 tornadoes formed across Virginia. This outbreak was spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan, a former Category 5 storm that decimated portions of the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. Officially, the most powerful of the Virginia portion of the event was an F3 that struck Remington, VA. However, this summary shows the Stanardsville tornado was likely even stronger. In fact, as difficult as it was to find information on this tornado, it could be one of the more powerful ever documented in the region. Intrigued? Read the premium summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
September 17, 1944: A home ws unroofed and other buildings sustained damage by an estimated F2 tornado in Curry County, NM. It moved across portions of Clovis. Seven were injured.
On September 17, 2018, the remnants of Hurricane Florence tracked through Virginia, spawning several tornadoes. The strongest was an EF2 that hit Chesterfield County. Several businesses were heavily damaged or destroyed. A man was killed in the destruction of a warehouse. For more information, check out the summary from NWS Wakefield.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
On this day in 1975, Jimmie Johnson, American race-car driver who won seven National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) championships, was born in El Cajon, CA. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1972, the TV comedy “M*A*S*H”, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuted on CBS in the US! Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1931, The first long-playing record, a 33 1/3 rpm recording, was demonstrated at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York by RCA-Victor. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today’s dollars) and wasn’t revived until 1948. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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