Interesting Illinois Facts

tornadoTornadoes have touched down on every state and here in Illinois we have had our share of tornadoes. My trivia question for today was: How many tornadoes do we average each year in Illinois?  While looking up information about my question, I found some interesting facts that I would like to share with you.
Below are the top 9 Cities for Long Track EF3 to EF5 Tornadoes in the United States from 1880 to 2003. The frequency of these tornadoes is per 1,000 square miles and is given to each city as a value, meaning the higher the value the more dangerous.
Value City State
10.2 Tulsa OK
9.3 Shreveport LA
8.8 South Bend IN
7.6 Indianapolis IN
7.5 Huntsville AL
7.3 Topeka KS
6.9 Springfield IL
6.2 Jackson MS
6.0 Nashville TN

Springfield is ranked number 7.  Illinois has on average about 29 tornadoes a year. Our peak season for tornadoes is the months of April, May and June. Although Illinois averages 4 tornado-related fatalities per year, but of course the number varies widely from year to year. Northern Illinois averages about 60 storms per year. The odd thing is that almost half of those storms occur in June, July and August.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 27, 2010

Tuesday’s Hot Shot!

contrailsCheck this out! Pam Long snapped a picture from her phone while going eastbound on US20 Monday morning. She wondered what could be making the underside of these clouds dark and notes “I talked with a co worker who also travels along Route 20 and she saw it too.”

You can see a nice shield of altocumulus clouds and what’s happened here are two different jets that created contrails. Normally, contrails are white against a blue sky but when the contrails are under the white clouds and are not in direct sunlight they show up dark. Great shot Pam!

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2010

Most dangerous weather: the heat!

weatherfatalities12 people are dead in Mississippi following Saturday evening’s tornadoes.  However tornadoes rank #4 on the list of weather fatalities each year. The graph to the left is the ten-year average from the National Weather Service. In the #1 spot? Heat. Heat is widespread and affects many people. #2 on the list is hurricanes and we all know why that number has spiked greatly…Hurricane Katrina. In the #3 spot is flash flooding and most people who lose their life to flash flooding could have kept their life if they would’ve heeded warnings against willingly going into flood waters. Tornadoes are immediately followed by wind and lightning.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2010

Does your child want to be on TV?

weather-kids-300x2501Weather Kids Needed! I have enough for this week, and then I’m in trouble. So all you proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc send me those cuties!

Medium resolution pictures attached to an email to : weather@wrex.com

Make sure I have the kids name, age, and city where they are from.

Picture should be clear, with no hands, feet, or any object blocking their face.

Birthday requests should be sent at least 2 weeks in advance.

Thanks!

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2010

Severe potential: end of the week

19As much of the country was focusing on the severe south the past couple of days, we have also been watching for hints of a severe setup brewing a little closer to home. We will have substantial heating during the midweek ahead of a robust low pressure system. This will change our winds from our northerly flow to a more southwesterly orientation and pump up warm and moist air into the area. Once the associated trough with the low pressure system arrives, this will provide the energy necessary to initiate the storms. At this time, the greatest probability looks to be late in the day Thursday carrying overnight into Friday. If the models begin to take the initiation point earlier on the day Thursday or later on Friday near peak heating, this will further enhance the risk for any storms that do form to reach severe limits.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2010

Northeast winds easy to see

cloud-makerMy mom and dad took a trip to Byron today and snapped this picture of the power plant in action. Notice how the steam from the cooling towers doesn’t make it too far out before being blown to the southwest quite briskly. Through the day, winds have been out of the northeast between 20 and 30 miles per hour keeping things cool today. Through the upcoming week, we will change our winds about 180 degrees and finally usher some warmer air into the Stateline.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2010

Massive destruction in Yazoo, MS

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At this time, around 50 reports of tornadoes have come in with over 20 of those in Mississippi. One of the worst occurred in the city of Yazoo, MS just after noon Saturday. Witnesses report that when the tornado struck this town of about 15,000, it looked to be nearly 3/4 of a mile wide. Unfortunately for the residents it hit the town pretty much head on, sparking a resemblance to the EF 5 tornado that killed 11 people in Greensburg, KS in 2007. The death toll in Yazoo as of Saturday evening was 4 with dozens more injured. Overall deaths from Saturday’s severe weather currently stands at 10. The video above shows an aerial survey of the damaged town. To the right is a map of Saturday’s storm reports in central Mississippi. Each red dot is a tornado report. Notice how they are lined up from southwest to northeast. The storm that spawned the tornado likely traveled for hours and dropped other twisters through the afternoon.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 24, 2010

Severe South

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As we have been looking into the last couple days, severe weather has been taking place through last  night and will continue today. We will bring you the latest on this situation as it becomes available.

9:30pm Update-  At this time, 49 tornado reports have been received. Click the image for the most recent reports from the Storm Prediction Center

7:15pm Update – nwsbot: 9 W Meridian [Lauderdale Co, MS] trained spotter reports TORNADO of F2 at 24 Apr, 09:50 AM CDT — multiple trees down across hwy 80 in the town of meehan. update…prelim survey by nws meridian employee and lauderdale county ema indicates 5 mile path of tornadic damage in lauderdale county with max intensity low end ef2.

6:20pm Update –

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN SANGAMON AND
NORTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN COUNTIES UNTIL 645 PM CDT...
 This includes the city of Springfield, IL

4:45pm Update – Severe weather is moving into the St. Louis area. The entire metro area is now under a tornado warning.

nwsbot: LSX: Des Peres [St. Louis Co, MO] amateur radio reports TORNADO at 04:20 PM CDT — tornado touched down at west county mall…with damage being reported.

nwsbot: LSX: 1 E Fenton [St. Louis Co, MO] nws employee reports TSTM WND DMG at 04:20 PM CDT — large tree blown down.

3:15pm Update –  JAN: 4 N Starkville [Oktibbeha Co, MS] emergency mngr reports TORNADO at 02:06 PM CDT — one house destroyed and several roofs blown off homes. numerous trees and power lines down.

2:30pm Update –

warnings2A tornado warning has been issued for Starkville, MS. We used the power of our ExacTrack Doppler radar to get a view of the rotation associated with the storm.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 24, 2010

Major tornado strikes Yazoo City, Mississippi

blog_breaking3The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi is reporting a devastating tornado that struck Yazoo City within the past hour. There are numerous reports of damaged homes and a leveled church. Injuries have also been reported.  The Weather Channel is reporting the tornado was 3/4 mile wide when it moved into the Yazoo City area. As this large tornado crossed I-55 it caused “multiple cars to be blown off of the interstate with an unknown number of injuries.

(4/24/2010 12:21:29 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 3 N Satartia [Yazoo Co, MS] public reports TORNADO at 12:10 PM CDT — home destroyed 3 miles north of satartia. people trapped inside.
(4/24/2010 12:23:05 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 6 Sw Yazoo City [Yazoo Co, MS] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 12:16 PM CDT — widespread trees down with homes damaged in town of crupp.
(4/24/2010 12:24:05 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 1 S Yazoo City [Yazoo Co, MS] amateur radio reports TORNADO at 12:20 PM CDT — church destroyed at corner of highway 16 and highway 49. numerous trees and power lines down also.

(4/24/2010 12:29:37 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 1 S Yazoo City [Yazoo Co, MS] storm chaser reports TORNADO at 12:15 PM CDT — numerous buildings leveled at highway 16 on the south side of yazoo city

(4/24/2010 12:38:50 PM) nwsbot: JAN: Yazoo City [Yazoo Co, MS] law enforcement reports TORNADO at 12:15 PM CDT — significant structural damage with multiple injuries reported
(4/24/2010 12:38:50 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 2 E Yazoo City [Yazoo Co, MS] amateur radio reports TORNADO at 12:16 PM CDT — structures destroyed at hwy 16 and old benton road
(4/24/2010 12:39:48 PM) nwsbot: JAN: Laurel [Jones Co, MS] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 10:45 AM CDT — street flooding in laurel. drains backing up into the streets in laurel.

(1:12:26 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 1 W Durant [Holmes Co, MS] emergency mngr reports TORNADO at 12:50 PM CDT — *** 1 inj *** mulitple cars blown off interstate 55. unknown number of injuries. report relayed via attala county ema.

(1:42:15 PM) nwsbot: JAN: 4 Nw Tallulah [Madison Co, LA] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 11:23 AM CDT — bear lake community, 10 to 15 homes destroyed. ultra high voltage transmission town down.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 24, 2010

Severe weather should stay south of us this weekend

index1index2While there will be some thunderstorms with heavy downpours, it appears that the severe weather threat will remain very small this weekend.

A slug of moisture with heavy thunderstorms is expected to move into the Rockford area around 10pm this evening and continue through much of the night. Up to an inch of rainfall is possible with this batch as the Gulf of Mexico is open for business! Our FutureTrack Severe Index is showing some moderate thunderstorms over parts of Central Illinois with this. Once the storms move north, they will lose a lot of their oomph. Still, a few storms could give us some pea to marble sized hail.

On Saturday, our Severe Index is showing the potential for some rougher thunderstorms during the late-morning hours. This will come as a front lifts into the region from the south. It remains to be seen whether we will get much out of this because 10am is usually the least-likely time of the day for severe weather.

index3Once we head into the afternoon (even though the Storm Prediction Center has us in a slight risk of severe), our index values fall off of the charts dramatically. I agree with our analysis because 50,000 foot-tall thunderstorms will then be going on in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and will prevent a lot of moisture transport into our region. Still, we’ll watch things closely and update you as we go through the night and into Saturday. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on April 23, 2010