Monday, November 18, 2013

November 2013: Illinois Tornado Record

Before the news gets too old, I wanted to post a story on the unusual tornado outbreak experienced in the Midwest yesterday. This ABC News story gives the lowdown on it.

In my corner of northwest Illinois, we escaped the devastation although we were under a tornado watch until mid afternoon. Although tornadoes in November do happen, having two EF-4 rated tornadoes in Illinois in November is a first. Our hearts go out to those whose homes have been destroyed—awful at any time of year but now at the doorstep of winter and near the holidays, it's especially difficult.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross will no doubt need donations to be able to assist the victims in the several states impacted—with Illinois being the hardest hit. And above all, pray, asking for God's comfort and provision in the difficult days ahead.

Finally, I want to share some analysis from Gino Izzi from the National Weather Service in Chicago, and Professor Victor Gensini of the College of DuPage on yesterday's record-setting weather:

A RARE NOVEMBER OUTBREAK OF TORNADOES OCCURRED IN ILLINOIS ON
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH. SURVEY TEAMS FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICES ACROSS THE STATE WILL BE OUT SURVEYING THE DAMAGE TODAY
WITH SOME RESULTS OF THESE SURVEYS AVAILABLE LATER TODAY. COLLEGE
OF DUPAGE METEOROLOGY PROFESSOR VICTOR GENSINI FOUND THE FOLLOWING
INTERESTING STATISTICS.

INCLUDING YESTERDAY...THERE HAVE BEEN 194 TORNADO WARNINGS ISSUED
IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN ILLINOIS DATING BACK TO 1986. OF
THOSE 194...101 OR 52 PERCENT WERE ISSUED DURING SUNDAYS TORNADO
OUTBREAK.

PRIOR TO YESTERDAY...LOOKING BACK TO 1950 THE STRONGEST NOVEMBER
TORNADO IN ILLINOIS WAS AN F-3. THAT OCCURRED EAST OF ST LOUIS
BACK ON NOVEMBER 15 1988. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE ST. LOUIS INDICATE THAT ONE OF THE TORNADOES
DOWNSTATE YESTERDAY WAS AN EF-4. IF THIS RATING BECOMES FINAL THEN
YESTERDAY'S TORNADO OUTBREAK WILL HAVE PRODUCED THE STRONGEST
ILLINOIS TORNADO IN NOVEMBER DATING BACK TO 1950.

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