WX History: February 10th

1921: The town of Gardner, Georgia was devastated by a massive, estimated F4 tornado that caused an entire section of the small town to disappear. This tornado killed 31 people and injured 100.

1959: St. Louis, Missouri was hit by a massive F4 tornado that killed 21 and injured 345. Over 2000 buildings were damaged or destroyed, including the St. Louis Arena.

Feb 10, 1959 St_ Louis Tornado Damage
Above is the St. Louis Arena after the tornado. The storm partly toppled one of the building’s distinctive twin towers.

Source: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

1981: A morning tornado at Bay Minette, AL struck the local middle school. The school’s gymnasium was severely damaged, and 62 people were hurt, 44 of which were students.

Feb 10, 1981 Bay Minette Tornado
Newspaper photo of the tornado damage at Bar Minette Middle School.

 

Source: The Tuscaloosa News.

2010: Cyclone Pat slams The Cook Islands with 125 mph winds, which destroyed about 80 percent of the island of Aitutaki.

Feb 10, 2010 Cyclone Pat
Visible satellite image of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pat as the sunset on February 10th. The storm was near its peak intensity at this time and approaching the small island of Aitutaki. The image is courtesy of NASA.

 

2017: An atmospheric phenomena know as “moonbow” was seen in the Seattle area.

 

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