Illinois Weather Trivia for August 4th
- Thunderstorms in east central Illinois produced 5.40 inches of rain at Danville. This edged out a 5.08 inch rainstorm in 1949 to establish a 24-hour rainfall record for the city.
- A derecho (well-organized, long-lasting, bowing line of severe thunderstorms) rolled across the northern portion of the state, producing a widespread swath of 50 to 70 mph winds, with localized gusts as high as 90 mph. Trees, limbs, and power lines were knocked down, and tornadoes were reported in Bloomindale, Bolingbrook, and Orland Park. The storms were also accompanied by thousands of lightning strikes. Wrigley Field was evacuated during a Cubs game as the storms approached.
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