Illinois Weather Trivia for June 3rd

6/3/1860
The "Great Tornado of the Northwest" (actually a complex family of tornadoes) moved from Iowa into northern Illinois. The greatest death toll of 124 people occurred in an area extending from near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Albany, Illinois (northeast of Moline). The death toll included 23 people on a raft, which was destroyed as the tornado moved across the Mississippi River.
6/3/1887
A tornado or waterspout touched down on the Wabash River, about 5 miles north of its mouth with the Ohio River. Three people drowned when a boat was overturned at Old Shawneetown.
6/3/1990
Strong winds to near 60 mph affected a large areas of northern and east central Illinois. A 13-mile stretch of Interstate 57 was closed from Arcola to Mattoon due to blowing dust. Some damage occurred to trees, power lines, and roofs.

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