Severe Weather and Flooding of January 7-8, 2008

 

National severe weather reports Severe weather reports through Tuesday morning, January 8

National (left) and Midwest (right) severe weather reports from 6 am January 7 to 6 am January 8, 2008.  Click images to enlarge.

 

The first severe weather outbreak of 2008 occurred unusually early across the Midwest.  Severe weather occurred in areas from Oklahoma and Kansas, northeast across Missouri and Illinois, and into the Great Lakes on January 7.  Strong tornadoes were reported in as far north as northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, areas that have historically only seen a couple January tornadoes since reliable records began.  Click here for a national summary of severe weather (from the Storm Prediction Center).  More specific information is available as well:

Most of the severe weather reports across central Illinois were along and just east of the Illinois River, extending from around Quincy, then northeast between Peoria and Bloomington, to around Chenoa.  A second area was clustered south of Jacksonville.  Most of these reports were of large hail, with a few tornado reports.  The severe weather began in the afternoon, when the nation's first tornado watch of the year included western portions of central Illinois.  Watches eventually covered much of the northwest half of the state.  Click here for specific reports in central Illinois.

Rainfall totals through 7 am January 8 Rainfall reports ending 7 am January 9

While most of the severe weather was done by early evening, storms repeatedly moved northeast along the same areas.  This resulted in extremely heavy rainfall of 3 to 5 inches across central parts of the state.  Area rivers rose quite rapidly; some parts of the state, which had seen rapid snowmelt a few days earlier from unseasonably warm weather, saw widespread flooding develop from a combination of the rain and the snowmelt.  The image on the far left shows the rainfall reports through 7 am Tuesday, January 9.  Because the parent cold front was still moving through the area, heavy rainfall continued into Tuesday across southeast parts of the state.  These totals, generally in the 1 to 2 inch range, are shown by the image at right.

Click either of the images to enlarge.

Some of the worst flooding was around Pontiac IL, and in north central Indiana.

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
821 AM CST TUE JAN 08 2008

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0400 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RUSHVILLE               40.12N 90.57W
01/07/2008                   SCHUYLER           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREE FELL ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF RUSHVILLE.

0429 PM     HAIL             DUNCAN MILLS            40.33N 90.18W
01/07/2008  E0.75 INCH       FULTON             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

0432 PM     HAIL             ST. DAVID               40.49N 90.05W
01/07/2008  M0.75 INCH       FULTON             IL   CO-OP OBSERVER

0441 PM     TORNADO          TOPEKA                  40.33N 89.93W
01/07/2008                   MASON              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            *** 1 INJ *** TORE ROOF AWAY FROM HOUSE. 1 MINOR INJURY.

0511 PM     TSTM WND GST     MORTON                  40.61N 89.47W
01/07/2008  E60.00 MPH       TAZEWELL           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            REPORTED NEAR INTERSECTION OF I-74/I-155

0511 PM     HAIL             MORTON                  40.61N 89.47W
01/07/2008  M1.00 INCH       TAZEWELL           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            REPORTED NEAR INTERSECTION OF I-74/I-155.

0516 PM     HAIL             1 S MORTON              40.60N 89.47W
01/07/2008  E0.75 INCH       TAZEWELL           IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

0519 PM     TSTM WND GST     MACKINAW                40.53N 89.36W
01/07/2008  E60.00 MPH       TAZEWELL           IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

0520 PM     HAIL             1 N HOPEDALE            40.44N 89.42W
01/07/2008  M0.88 INCH       TAZEWELL           IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

0522 PM     TORNADO          2 SE MACKINAW           40.51N 89.33W
01/07/2008                   TAZEWELL           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POLE BARN DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO HOUSE.

0530 PM     TORNADO          4 ESE MACKINAW          40.51N 89.29W
01/07/2008                   TAZEWELL           IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

            DOOR TORN FROM HINGEST ON BARN, 5-INCH TREE TOP TWISTED
            OFF, ROOF DAMAGE TO HOUSE AND OUTBUILDINGS, FLAG POLE
            BENT, CHAIN LINK FENCE BLOWN OVER, TREE LIMBS DOWN.

0530 PM     HAIL             DANVERS                 40.53N 89.17W
01/07/2008  E0.88 INCH       MCLEAN             IL   BROADCAST MEDIA

            TIME ESTIMATED.

0537 PM     HAIL             MANCHESTER              39.54N 90.33W
01/07/2008  E1.50 INCH       SCOTT              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

0539 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     ARMINGTON               40.34N 89.31W
01/07/2008                   TAZEWELL           IL   PUBLIC

            LOCATED NORTHWEST OF ARMINGTON. RELAYED BY LOGAN COUNTY
            911

0540 PM     HAIL             3 SW MURRAYVILLE        39.55N 90.29W
01/07/2008  E1.50 INCH       MORGAN             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

0552 PM     HAIL             LEXINGTON               40.64N 88.78W
01/07/2008  M0.75 INCH       MCLEAN             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

0552 PM     HAIL             HUDSON                  40.61N 88.99W
01/07/2008  M0.75 INCH       MCLEAN             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

1000 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 W FARMER CITY         40.24N 88.70W
01/07/2008  M1.88 INCH       DE WITT            IL   CO-OP OBSERVER

1030 PM     FLOOD            LINCOLN                 40.15N 89.37W
01/07/2008                   LOGAN              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MANY STREETS IN TOWN HAVE WATER 4 TO 6 INCHES DEEP.

1130 PM     FLOOD            BLUFFS                  39.75N 90.53W
01/07/2008                   SCOTT              IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            REPORTED ALONG HIGHWAY 100

1130 PM     FLOOD            WINCHESTER              39.63N 90.46W
01/07/2008                   SCOTT              IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WIDESPREAD STREET FLOODING


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