Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
After a Wednesday that saw storms drop 1-inch hail in North Barrington and more than 2 inches of rain in parts of McHenry County, I'm sure we'd all like a respite from the rain. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little longer. Meteorologists are warning Illinois residents that there's a significant chance for severe weather Thursday, with storms possibly bringing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for Thursday, severe weather will be possible during the day and into the evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center has placed half of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather, while parts of …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Have you ever seen a tornado? I'll never forget the day I saw a tornado touch down. I was just 13 or 14 and on a youth group trip with my church. We were driving through Nebraska and getting ready to stop for dinner when the skies turned dark. We saw a funnel cloud pass overhead and heard the warning on the radio that people should leave their cars and seek shelter. We did exactly that. We stopped at McDonald's and got ready to seek shelter in the large refrigerator if the tornado hit. The tornado ultimately touched down about a mile from us. It was incredibly scary, and I hope I never experience that again. Are You Prepared? If a tornado warning was issued, would you know what to do? This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Winter Storm Magnus dumped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, while places like Georgia and Tennessee saw tornadoes.
A massive storm system resulted in snow and tornadoes across the country Wednesday, leaving small amounts of snow here in northern Illinois and nearly a foot of snow in portions of Wisconsin. According to the National Weather Service Office in Chicago, the 12-hour snowfall ending at 6 p.m. Wednesday saw .6 inches of snow fall in Grayslake, while Oak Lawn saw just a tenth of an inch. That same storm system, Winter Storm Magnus (as named by The Weather Channel), dumped a lot of snow elsewhere in the country. Reedsburg, WI, for example, received 10 inches of snow, and 9 inches of snow fell in Watson, IA. The Weather Channel reported that snow fell in parts of Kansas, southeast Nebraska, northern Missouri, Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Patch Reporter Seth Putnam is used to twisters, but this time it's overwhelming. Now his hometown is bracing for another round of severe weather.
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- Seth Putnam
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Where I come from, the Midwestern plains between the Appalachians and the Rockies, we watch funnel clouds touch down on the plains every spring. That’s why they call it Tornado Alley. In and around Joplin, Mo.—where I grew up, where I played soccer, where I graduated from high school—tornadoes are a raw, unmerciful fact of life. Which, I suppose, is why I wasn’t all that concerned when I got the first text message. “Your family ok? Joplin area got hit hard.” I’m sure it’s fine. Something different gets torn up around here every year. But about 29 messages later it was clear that this was unlike anything my town had ever seen. On Sunday, an EF5 twister—the only one in Missouri’s history, with winds greater than 200 mph—bulldozed Joplin …