On This Day: September 21

Tornado Talk Summary

There were 4 tornadoes confirmed on September 21, 2005, all in the state of Minnesota. A series of supercells pushed through the east central part of the state producing not only the tornadoes but large hail, flashing flooding and widespread wind damage. This summary looks at the strongest tornado to occur, an F2 in Anoka County. Along with the tornado, the NWS Twin Cities stated “a rear flank downdraft was also responsible for causing damage in parts of Coon Rapids and Blaine.” Read the full summary here

F-2 tornado damage on 104th Court in Blaine via NWS Twin Cities.

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

September 21, 1894: An intense outbreak occurred across parts of Minnesota and Iowa. Grazulis documents eight tornadoes. He gave three of these and F4 rating and one and rated one an F5. He denotes as well these were probably tornado families. The F5 traveled 50 miles in Kossuth, Hancock and Winnebator Counties in Iowa and ending in Faribault, MN. 14 were killed and 100 injured. Grazulis documents that 10 farms in Kossuth County “were entirely leveled and swept away, with five or more having little left to show that a farm once existed on the site.”  

Twister From The 2000s

On September 21, 2014, an EF1 tornado tore through a neighborhood near Rochester, MI. A few homes had roof and siding damage, and numerous trees were downed. Source

Damage to a home, photo via the Damage Assessment Toolkit (DAT).

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

September 21, 1938: The “Long Island Express” Hurricane made landfall on Long Island, NY, and then again in Connecticut, as a Category 3 hurricane. Extensive damage occurred from winds and storm surge across New England, and a 186 mph wind gust was measured at Blue Hill Observatory, MA, and a 17-foot storm surge pushed across Rhoad Island. At least 700 people were killed. For more information, click here

Photo via NWS New York, NY, showing damage in Saltaire, NY at the top, and flooding in Mystic, CT at the bottom.

Pieces of the Past

A Look Back Through The Ages!  On This Day In History! 

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

In 2017, the discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in “Current Biology” by Caltech scientists. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1947, Stephen King, American novelist and short-story writer whose books were credited with reviving the genre of horror fiction in the late 20th century, was born in Portland, ME. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published by George Allen and Unwin in London! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 2007, Snoop Dogg was sentenced to three years probation and 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty to carrying a collapsible baton. The rapper was arrested in September 2006 after the baton was found in his bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. In April 2007 he was given five years probation and 800 hours community service after pleading no contest to gun and drug charges in a Californian court. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

September 21, 1934: A large typhoon hit western Honshū, Japan, killing more than 3,000 people. Image via 日本気象庁, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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