Our Doppler radar is a familiar sight for travelers along Highway 10 east of Lincoln. We recently prepared an online tour of the radar, which is available at this link. There is also a YouTube video available as well. (click image to enlarge)
The first killer tornado in Illinois during the month of August took the lives of 6 vacationers at Lake Mattoon. The tornado first touched down in eastern Shelby County near Windsor, moved east across Coles County and into Cumberland County, lifting near Greenup. The tornado was embedded in heavy rain, making visual identification difficult.
Severe thunderstorms affected a seven county area from Peoria northwest to Moline before sunrise. The storms produced 90 mph winds and golfball-size hail in parts of the Quad Cities. Damage was reported to 2,000 cars and hundreds of windows. $4 million damage occurred to crops in the area.