A total of 19 tornadoes occurred on September 5, 1979. All but one were in association with the remnants of Hurricane David and eight were in the state of Virginia. One traveled through Fairfax County and was rated F3. Ninety homes were damaged, 17 of which were uninhabitable. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
September 5, 1935: Another hurricane-spawned tornado crossed through parts of Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties in Virginia! Huge trees were uprooted at Hampton Sidney College. Two fatalities occurred in two destroyed homes. Grazulis documented 12 injuries.
On September 5, 2020, an EF2 pyrotornado moved along a 12-mile path north of Mammoth Pool through the Wagner Campground. Numerous large trees were snapped 20-30 feet up with branches and bark removed. Source.
The EF2 was the strongest of all the pyrotornadoes this year. Accompanied by an intense couplet and TDS on radar, this large tornado downed or debarked many trees near Mammoth Pool. Aerial imagery shows the damage swath was up to 1000 yards wide. pic.twitter.com/PQw4VSEgWl— MNStorm (@mn_storm) December 31, 2020
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
In 2005, Mandala Airlines Flight 91 crashed into a heavily-populated residential area, seconds after taking off from Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 100 people on board and 49 people on the ground. Check out more historical events at onthisday.com!
Freddie Mercury, British rock singer and songwriter (lead singer for Queen), was born in Stone Town, Zansibar (now Tanzania) on this day in 1946. He died in 1991. Source: Britannica.
Film and TV
On this day in 1976, Jim Henson’s “The Muppet Show” premiered on television with Mia Farrow as the guest star. Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
In 1956, Elvis Presley surprised his mother with a gift of a pink Cadillac. The car remained in the Presley family and eventually went on display at Graceland. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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