WX History: March 16th

1942: A deadly tornado outbreak occurred over the Central and Southern US on March 16-17th. The tornado outbreak killed 153 people and injured at least 1,284. The best estimate indicates this event contained 13 F3 tornadoes, 6 F4s, and one F5. The F5 tornado occurred north of Peoria, Illinois, in the towns of Alta, Chillicothe before crossing the Illinois River and striking the town of Lacon. A quarter of the homes in Lacon were destroyed, and debris was carried for 25 miles. 

In Kentucky, an estimated F3 tornado destroyed the Cox’s Creek Baptist Church, which is southeast of Louisville.

March 16, 1942 Lacon IL Tornado
The photograph above is the tornado that would eventually hit Lacon, IL. This photo was taken near Spring Bay.

Sources: NWS Office in Lincoln, IL,  Genealogytrails.com, Bullitt Country History

1986: A small but rare tornado touched down perilously close to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The 1.25 mile long, F1 tornado damaged several homes and an industrial plant just northeast of the landmark.

March 16, 1986 Disneyland Tornado
The tornado track map above is courtesy of Storm Data.

Source: March 1986 Storm Data

2012: Temperatures reaching eighty degrees or higher in March across central and northeast South Dakota is a rare occurrence, and for this to occur in mid-March is exceedingly rare. On March 16th, several locations across the area set record highs by topping the 80-degree mark including Aberdeen, Mobridge, and Pierre. Sisseton and Watertown also set records for March 16th. Aberdeen topped out at 81 degrees, Mobridge reached 83 degrees, with 86 degrees at Pierre.

Source: NWS Office in Aberdeen, SD

2017: Satellite images of the eruption of snow-capped Mount Etna.



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