On This Day: September 26

Tornado Talk Summary

A violent tornado moved through parts of Portage and Waupaca Counties in Wisconsin on September 26, 1951. It was 1 of 3 tornadoes confirmed on this date and 1 of 2 given a rating of F4. Most of the time, the tornado was in Waupaca County. Per Thomas Grazulis, three farms were swept away 3 miles north of the town of Waupaca. He mentions the tornado at this point was near F5 intensity. Tragically, 5 members of the Rasmussen family were killed at their farm home north of Waupaca. Mrs. Frances Melliet was also killed near Lebanon. Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

September 26, 1898: A family of tornadoes moved southeast from St. Catherines, Ontario in Canada to north of Alden, New York. Six people were killed in Canada, a total of 50 injuries along the path. At Merriton, 12 homes, a school and a paper mill was destroyed. The tornado family moved across the Niagara River and Grand Island into the U.S.

Twister From The 2000s

On September 26, 2018, an EF1 tornado tracked for 3.75 miles through Columbus, OH, just east of downtown. Damage was mainly confined to snapped or uprooted trees, which fell onto homes and cars, and some garages were also destroyed. Source

Tree down on a building, photo via NWS Wilmington.
Tree down on a car, photo via NWS Wilmington.
A garage that was destroyed. Photo via NWS Wilmington.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On September 26, 1955, a Hurricane Hunter plane crashed while flying through Hurricane Janet. 11 people on board were killed. Source

Photo of a Neptune P2V, similar to the Hurricane Hunter plane that went down. Photo via the NOAA Hurricane Research Division.

Pieces of the Past

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

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

In 1979, US performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1981, American tennis player Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, MI, She has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other woman or man during the open era. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1964, TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island”, starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuted on CBS! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1996, Police found drugs hidden in a Smarties tube when they raided the London home of Paula Yates and INXS singer Michael Hutchence. The couple were away in Australia at the time of the raid. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Photo of the Day

On this day in 1959, Typhoon Vera, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, makes landfall, killing 4,580 people and leaving nearly 1.6 million others homeless. Image shows Surface weather analysis of Typhoon Vera as a Category 5 equivalent on September 23, 1959 via NOAA Central Library on Wikipedia.

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