Illinois Weather Trivia for May 31st
- A tornado moved across Warren County and devastated the town of Ellison, about 14 miles southwest of Monmouth. Only 3 cabins were left standing. 19 people were killed, with 60 injured, along the tornado's 5 mile long track.
- Early season heat gripped central Illinois. Springfield reported its earliest triple-digit high temperature on record, with a temperature of 101 degrees.
- A dust storm occurred across the northern quarter of Illinois. Winds during the storm were 30 to 50 mph, with some gusts to 70 mph. Visibility in towns and cities was between 1 and 5 miles, but outlying areas near farm fields had local visibility less than 20 feet. Numerous accidents were caused by the low visibility, with one person killed and 22 injured. Soil erosion losses were estimated around $3 million.
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