1925: Today is the anniversary of the “Tri-State Tornado.” The storm claimed 695 lives (including 234 at Murphysboro, IL and 148 at West Frankfort, IL), making it the deadliest tornado in US history. It cut a swath of destruction 219 miles long and as much as a mile wide from east-central Missouri to southern Indiana between 1 PM and 4 PM. The tornado leveled a school in West Frankfort, Illinois and picked up sixteen students setting them down unharmed 150 yards away. Seven other tornadoes claimed an additional 97 lives that day.
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NWS Office in Paducah, KY.
NWS Office in St. Louis, MO
NWS Office in Nashville, TN
1927: An estimated F4 tornado destroyed the southern half Green Forecast, Arkansas. Damage totaled $500,000 in that town as 200 homes were damaged or destroyed. This tornado, up to a mile wide at times killed 24 people long it’s 35-mile long path.
Source: Significant Tornadoes 1860-1991 by Thomas P. Grazulis
1952: 151.73 inches of rain fell at Cilaos, La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean over a five-day period (13th-18th) to set the world rainfall record. This record was broken on February 24th-28th, 2007 when Commerce La Reunion Island picked up 196.06 inches.
1990: An intense hailstorm struck the Sydney region in Australia producing strong winds and torrential rains in a swath from Camden to Narrabeen, causing extensive damage. Hailstones were measured up to 3 inches in diameter. The total insured damage was estimated at $319 million Australian dollars, the third largest loss event in Australian insurance history.
Source: Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub.
2013: Large hail up to softball size fell in Clinton, Mississippi. The hailstone is the 3rd largest in March in Mississippi since 1950, only surpassed by grapefruit size hail that fell on March 30th, 1993 in Puckett, MS and on March 6th, 1996 in Laurel, MS. It was also the 7th largest hailstone to fall in Mississippi for any month, with the largest hailstone of 5.0 inches, or CD/DVD size, in Lafayette County on April 10th, 1962.
Source: NWS Office in Jackson, MS.
2017: The Delta IV rocket was captured by GOES-16.