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Large hail in Mahomet, IL April 9, 2015. Photo by Kristen Claybrooke. Flood image by Pete Mantell, Sydney, IL  Dec. 28, 2015 Roll cloud photo by Mark Stacey @ NWS Lincoln, IL  June 25, 2015
Photo by Paul Sieczka
near Washburn IL 2/28/17
Photo by Kristen Claybrooke Photo by Pete Mantell  Photo by Mark Stacey

 

 

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Illinois Severe
Weather Climatology

 

 

SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN ILLINOIS
MARCH 5 - 11, 2017

 

NOW is the time to prepare...don't wait until severe
storms are forecast...it may be too late!!

 

 


 

Severe Weather Safety (Click images below for details)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

                                                                      

Additional Severe Thunderstorm &
Tornado Preparedness Information

Learn About Wireless Emergency Alerts 
for Your Mobile Devices
NOAA Weather Radios
Save Lives!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Preparedness Saves Lives


There is nothing we can do to stop severe thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes or floods from developing. However, there are things that everyone can do to minimize the impacts of severe weather on our lives.

 

What you can do to be prepared:  

  1. STAY INFORMEDNOAA Weather Radio image
    This can be done by monitoring a weather alert radio, local radio & TV broadcasts, NWS web pages, or various applications on computers and smart phones. 

    DON'T just rely on one method - especially storm sirens - which are NOT designed to be heard indoors by everyone.  

     
  2. HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
    Do this for your home, business, schools and when you are traveling. Designate places to go to seek safe shelter from a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Pick two places to meet in case you are separated from your family or co-workers. 

    While traveling or when away from home, know the names of the locations you are visiting - especially county and city names.  

     
  3. PREPARE YOURSELF & YOUR HOME FOR AN EMERGENCY
    Learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to administer CPR, and how to turn off the electricity, gas and water supplies in your home. 

    Inspect your home for potential hazards such as weakened trees or limbs, cracked windows or worn roofing. 

    When  you build a new structure - or renovate an existing one - there are ways to prevent wind damage to roofs, upper floors and garages. Rafters, trusses, walls and doors can all be reinforced.  

     
  4. HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
    Some storms produce power outages that will last for several days. Having the following items will help you cope with the disaster:
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlights & extra batteries
  • Extra clothing & blankets
  • An extra set of keys & cash
  • Medications & a first aid kit
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Pet supplies
  • A weather alert radio or portable AM/FM radio

 

 

"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."

-- Ben Franklin 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disaster Supply Kit (pdf)

 


 

 Severe Weather Resource Links (click on the links below)

IEMA severe weather guide Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Lightning brochure Skywarn logo
2017 IEMA / NWS
Severe Weather Guide
Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Lightning
(PDF, 24.8 MB)
Interested in storm spotting? Click the SKYWARN logo for a list of classes!
     
NOAA Weather Radio logo Severe weather fact sheet Ready Illinois logo
NOAA Weather Radio information
for central and southeast Illinois
2016 Severe Weather
Fact Sheet
State of Illinois
Preparedness Web Page

 

                                     

  

Yates City tornado          

            Tornado Myths Debunked
                     Photo from Scott Sims

 


 

 

Severe Weather Climatology in Illinois

Tornadoes (Click for a larger image)

Frequency of Illinois tornadoes by month

          Frequency of Illinois Tornadoes 1950 - 2016 by month

 


 

Central Illinois tornadoes vs. time of day

Frequency of central IL tornadoes by hour of the day

 


 

Tornadoes by county, 1950-2016

Central and Southeast Illinois Tornadoes 1950 - 2015 
by county

 


 

Severe Thunderstorm Wind and Hail

Severe thunderstorm winds and hail by month in central and southeast Illinois

Number of reports of Severe Thunderstorm Wind (blue) and Hail (pink) by Month in Central & Southeast IL (1984-2016)

 

 

 Flash Flood Frequency

Frequency of flash flood reports in central and southeast Illinois by month

Frequency of reports of Flash Flooding by Month in Central & 
Southeast IL (1984-2016)

 

 


 

Current Severe Weather Information

                        

 

Severe weather outlook information              

 

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