Illinois Weather Trivia for October 3rd
- A late-season heat wave was found across central Illinois. Champaign's high temperature of 93 degrees established a record for the month of October. Springfield reported a high temperature of 93 degrees, tying the monthly record set the previous year.
- A small area of very strong thunderstorms developed in west central Illinois during the early evening hours, and moved into north central Illinois. A predominate gust front developed ahead of these storms, which brought considerable winds across La Salle County. State Police estimated the winds to be near 90 mph, maintaining that strength as the gust front moved across the county. Near Oglesby, a semi-tractor trailer was overturned on I-39, and several secondary roads leading to Starved Rock State Park were closed due to downed trees and power lines. Near Ottawa, a $100,000 machine shed was destroyed.
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