Severe damage occurred in Washington (Tazewell County) due to a violent EF-4 tornado which occurred on Sunday morning, November 17. Several tornadoes touched down across central Illinois that day, as part of a large severe weather outbreak across the Midwest. (click image to enlarge)
The first weather observations began in downtown Peoria this month, at the corner of Washington and East Franklin. Dr. Frederick Brendel made the first observations of temperature and precipitation. His records, which span from 1855 through 1905, serve as the backbone of the Peoria climatological database.