On This Day: September 28

Tornado Talk Summary

Seven tornadoes were confirmed on September 28, 1986. 4 of the 7 were in the state of Iowa and this strongest of the day was this F4 that travels through parts of Polk and Jasper Counties. The Storm Data entry states, “the devastation might have been much greater, but the storm missed hitting any towns.” Read the full summary here

SIGTOR Spotlight

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

September 28, 1884: “A balloon-shaped funnel” moved to the northeast at Shongo, NY. Half of the town was ripped apart. Three were killed, 31 injured. 

Twister From The 2000s

On September 28, 2004, the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne spawned an F2 tornado in Wilmington, DE. It tracked for 5 miles causing significant damage. Five C-130 cargo planes were destroyed at the New Castle Airport, and several homes and businesses were damaged. There were five reported injuries. Source

A business that was ripped open, photo via NWS Mount Holly.
Another business that was ripped apart. Photo via NWS Mount Holly.
Trees down, photo via NWS Mount Holly.

Weather Rewind

There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes? 

On This Day in OTHER weather history!

On September 28, 1837, “Racer’s Hurricane” struck Jamaica and the Caiman Islands, it would go on to cause damage across Mexico, Texas, and the Southeastern US over the next several days. 105 people were killed. Source

Map of the "Racer's Hurricane" via the WPC.

Pieces of the Past

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

Sources:  onthisday.com, thisdayinmusic.com & Britannica

Historical Event

In 48 BC, Pompey the Great was assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com

Famous Birthday

On this day in 1839, Frances Willard, American educator, reformer, and founder of the World Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, was born in Churchville, NY. She died in 1898. Source:  Britannica

Film & TV

On this day in 1987, “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” starring Patrick Stewart debuted on syndicated TV! Get more daily history at onthisday.com

Music Trivia

On this day in 1972, Motown Records released The Temptations version of ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’. Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1971, The Temptations version was a No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards in 1973. The song had originally been recorded by Motown recording act The Undisputed Truth. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com

Radar of the Day

Hurricane Georges nears landfall in Mississippi as a Category 2 hurricane on September 28, 1998. Radar snapshot from GRAnalyst, courtesy of Gio Rizzotti.

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