Galva IL, Tornado

Galva, IL Tornado Path

A tornado struck parts of southern Henry County, IL on April 19th, 1996. One town hit by the tornado was Galva, IL. The following is a summary of the events leading up to the Galva, IL tornado using Level II Archive Data originally created by the KDVN WSR-88D.

Event Synopsis

The Event Synopsis was provided by Brian Pierce and Jim Hladik. They are both Meteorologists here at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities IA/IL (Davenport, IA).

A major severe weather outbreak occurred across far Eastern Iowa and Illinois during the afternoon and evening of 4/19/96. Explosive severe thunderstorm development occurred across southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and west central Illinois at maximum heating. Wind shear profiles throughout the atmosphere were such that tornado development was favored. Many supercell thunderstorms developed during the course of the event and many tornadoes were produced along with several reports of penny or larger sized hail and wind damage. A low end F3 tornado struck the city of Galva, IL around 7 pm causing extensive damage. In Illinois, Henry county was one of several Illinois counties declared a state disaster area.

Sequence of Events

The sequence of events is focused on conditions affecting Henry County, IL. All times are Central Daylight Time.


Here are some pictures that our Damage Survey Team took on April 20th, 1996 in Galva. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.