National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

April 7, 2010 Severe Weather Event


Low pressure moved across north central Illinois during the afternoon of April 7th, tracking along a frontal boundary that had stalled out near the I-80 corridor. To the south of this stationary front, unseasonably mild and moist conditions prevailed, which helped provide the fuel necessary for thunderstorms to develop along a cold front trailing south from the low pressure system.

surface map


By early afternoon it had become apparent that the combination of the mild and moist airmass along with strong winds aloft were creating conditions favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch for much of central and southern Illinois south of the warm front.

Tornado Watch #61

Numerous thunderstorms developed across the watch box with a few of the storms taking on supercellular characteristics with rotating updrafts. Despite the rotating updrafts, relatively few severe weather reports were received. The one exception was with a storm that moved into Livingston County around 3 PM, when a trained spotter observed a tornado and reports indicate that a barn was destroyed and some trees were downed in this area. The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 tornado occurred near Forrest, IL. Here is a look at some of the radar images around the time of the tornado:



Doppler radar imagery of tornadic supercell thunderstorm moving across southeast Livingston County Wednesday afternoon. Images on the left are of the radar reflectivity and on the right are of radar velocity. The white circles in each picture depict the location of the low level rotation.