On This Day: September 2

Tornado Talk Summary

Six tornadoes were confirmed on September 2, 2002, all in the state of Wisconsin. There were 2 F0s, 2 F1s, 1 F2 and 1 F3. We take a look at that F3 in this summary. The tornado struck around 420pm on Labor Day 2002 just to the west of downtown Ladysmith. Overall damage was estimated at $20 million. There were 27 injuries reported. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

September 2, 1947: This significant tornado moved ENE along the Eldersville-Burgettstown Road in Washington County, PA. Grazulis documents that five homes were destroyed. Two elderly men were killed in separate homes. 

Twister From The 2000s

An F2 tornado tracked for 17 miles through Taylor County, WI, on September 2, 2002. It caused significant damage to the Gilman High School. Several homes were damaged or destroyed, as well. For more information, check out the summary from NWS La Crosse. 

Damage to the Gilman High School gymnasium. Photo via NWS La Crosse.
A home that was unroofed. Photo via NWS La Crosse.
A swath of trees that were knocked over. Photo via NWS La Crosse.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

September 2, 1935: A Category 5 hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys. The “Labor Day Hurricane,” as it is known as, is the strongest landfalling hurricane in the United States, with sustained winds of 185 mph. Storm surge of 18-20 feet swept across low-lying areas. At least 400 people were killed. For more information, click here

Train cars that were being used to evacuate residents were washed away by the storm surge at Islamadora, FL. Everyone on board survived. 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

In 1666, The Great Fire of London began at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of London was destroyed. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!

Famous Birthday

In 1952, Jimmy Connors, American tennis player (8-time Grand Slam winner, 109 titles overall), was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. Source:  Britannica.

Film and TV

In 1963, CBS & NBC expanded their network news from 15 to 30 minutes. Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

In 1989, Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on the condition that he immediately went into detox, the case was later dropped when the couple decide to reconcile. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

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