Figure 1: Map of the May 30, 2004 tornado damage tracks across southwest and south-central Illinois. Solid black lines are the tornadic damage paths. The Fujita(F) scale is used to measure damage intensity.
Figure 2: Detailed map of the Marine Illinois F1 tornadic damage track - May 30, 2004 (eastern Madison County Illinois). Total damage track was 2.0 miles while damage width varied from 50 to 70 yards.
Figure 3: Damage to one of two machine sheds located on a farmstead 1/2 mile northeast from the intersection of Illinois Route 4 and Fruit Road in eastern Madison County Illinois. Viewing to the northeast.
Figure 4: Damage to the other machine shed located on a farmstead 1/2 mile northeast from the intersection of Illinois Route 4 and Fruit Road in eastern Madison County Illinois. Viewing to the north-northeast.
Figure 5: Sheet metal shredded and tossed 1/4 to 1/3 mile northeast from the farmstead. Viewing to the southwest.
Figure 6: Plan view image of the storm reflectivity field of the northern-most of three supercells over eastern Madison and western Clinton counties at 4:07 pm CDT.
Figure 7: Plan view image of the storm-relative velocity field of the northern most of three supercells. The region of bright green adjacent to bright red north of Marine near the southwest flank of the supercell represent's the location of the storm's parent circulation (mesocyclone). This circulation was responsible for spawning the Marine, Illinois tornado.
Figure 8: Detailed map of the Breese F1 tornadic damage track - May 30, 2004 (central Clinton County Illinois).
Figure 9: Damage to a machine shed 1/2 mile northwest of the intersection of Stollentown Road and Old State Highway 21 (3.5 miles northeast of the town of Breese, Illinois). This is the initial starting point of tornadic damage. Viewing to the north-northeast.
Figure 10: This is a very common scene with tornadic damage. Pieces of the machine shed driven into the ground at a 60 degree angle and downwind (northeast of the machine shed). Viewing to the northeast.
Figure 11: Severe damage to the farm building on a farmstead 1/2 mile northeast of the initial starting point of the tornadic damage track. The damage track was 60 yards wide at this point. Viewing northeast.
Figure 12: Another view of the farm building destoryed by the tornado. Viewing south.
Figure 13: Several large trees severed by the Breese, Illinois tornado, 1/3 mile northeast of the farmstead. Viewing southeast.
Figure 14: Damage to two silos and outbuildings approximately 4 miles north of Carlyle, Illinois west of Illinois Route 127. Corn stalks in some of the larger corn fields were scoured out by the vortex west of Illinois Route 127. Viewing north-northwest.
Figure 15: Damage to a silo on a farmstead east of Illinois Route 127 (north of Carlyle, Illinois). The original height of the silo was 60 feet. The remaining height of this silo is 30 feet. Viewing northeast.
Figure 16: Additional machine shed damage at a farmstead north of Carlyle on Illinois Route 127.
Figure 17: Plan view image of the storm reflectivity field of the southern-most supercell over central Clinton county. Note the pendant echo near the storm's southwest flank - common indicator to where the parent's storm circulation (mesocyclone) is located.
Figure 18: Plan-view image of the storm-relative velocity field of the southern-most supercell. The bright green (inbound velocities) adjacent to the bright red (outbound velocities) represent the location of the mesocyclone - a region of strong rotation. The Breese tornado formed within the vicinity of the mesocyclone.
Figure 19: Detailed mapping of the tornadic damage tracks of the Radom, Illinois multiple tornado event - May 30, 2004 (eastern Washington County Illinois).
Figure 20: Damage to much of the roof at Saint Michaels School in Radom, Illinois. Viewing east-southeast.
Figure 21: Damage to one of many outbuildings within and outside the town of Radom, Illinois. This outbuilding was located immediately south of town. Viewing northeast.
Figure 22: Three large silos (120 feet tall) were severely damaged by the second of five tornadoes over the western part of Radom. Viewing west.
Figure 23: Numerous trees were damaged in and outside of town. Viewing southeast.
Figure 24: One of many outbuildings which were destroyed by the third of five tornadoes. This outbuilding was located on a farmstead northeast of the town of Radom. Viewing northeast.
Figure 25: House trailer severely damage by the third tornado over the southeastern part of the town. Viewing southeast.
Figure 26: Numerous large birch and oak trees were destroyed by the merger of two tornadoes 150 yards north of Radom. Picture was taken in the ravine of the forested area. After speaking with the owner, this area was once heavily forested. Viewing southeast.
Figure 27: Numerous large birch and oak trees were completely destroyed by the merger of two tornadoes. Picture was taken about 20 yards east of the previous image. This area at one time was heavily forested. Viewing east-southeast.
Figure 28: Plan view image of the storm reflectivity field (623 PM CDT) of the bow echo approaching eastern Washington County Illinois.
Figure 29: Plan-view image of the storm-relative velocity field showing two mesocyclones along the leading edge of the bow echo. The southern-most mesocyclone spawned the series of tornadoes in far southeast Washington County including the town of Radom.

NWS
St. Louis, Missouri

May 30th, 2004
Severe Weather Outbreak

Detailed damage surveys were conducted by National Weather Service personnel during the past two days over parts of Madison, Clinton and Washington counties in southwest and south-central Illinois.  A total of 7 tornado damage tracks were uncovered during the survey.

...Marine, Illinois Tornado (eastern Madison county)...

The Marine, Illinois tornado formed 3.5 miles northwest of Marine at approximately 4:05 pm CDT, 1/2 mile west of the intersection of Illinois Route 4 and Fruit Road.  Several trees and large tree limbs were severed by the tornado at this location.  The tornado traveled northeast and caused minor roof damage to two homes and a small shed 1/4 mile northeast of this intersection.  A farmstead was hit by the tornado approximately 1/2 mile northeast of Illinois Route 4 and Fruit Road.  Two machine sheds and a silo were damaged by the tornado.  Sheet metal from the machine sheds was tossed approximately 1/4 mile northeast of the farmstead.  The total tornadic damage track was approximately 2 miles while the damage width varied from 50 to 70 yards.  Damage intensity was rated F1.  This tornado was spawned from the northern most of three supercells over eastern Madison and western Clinton counties.


...Breese, Illinois Tornado (Clinton County)...

The Breese, Illinois tornado formed at 4:50 pm CDT 3.5 miles northeast of Breese just northwest of the intersection of Stollentown Road and Old State Highway 21.  The tornado damaged machine sheds, one home and other farm buildings 1/2 mile north of this intersection.  Sheet metal from these buildings were tossed 1/4 to 1/3 mile to the northeast in an open field.  The tornado continued to travel to the northeast and damaged several large trees northeast of the farmstead.  Three other farmsteads were hit by this tornado approximately 3.5 to 4 miles north of Carlyle, Illinois just north of the intersection of Illinois Route 127 and Hazlet Park Road.  Sheet metal from the outbuildings were tossed 1/4 to 1/3 mile northeast of the farmsteads.  A garage and 60 foot silo on one of the farmsteads was also damaged by the tornado.  Total damage track of the Breese, Illinois tornado was 7 miles while the damage width varied from 50 to 80 yards.  Damage intensity was rated F1.  This tornado was spawned by the southern most supercell over eastern Madison and western Clinton counties in southwest Illinois.

...Radom Illinois Tornadoes (eastern Washington County)...

Five tornadoes occurred with a bow echo storm which moved northeast across eastern Washington County Illinois.  The town of Radom was especially hard hit from two of the five tornadoes.  The first tornado formed 1.5 miles west of Dubois, Illinois at 6:24 pm CDT and traveled northeast across U.S. Highway 51.  Outbuildings from two farmsteads west of U.S. Highway 51 sustained minor damage.  The tornado then cut through an area of large trees and traveled north-northeast to 1 mile northwest of Radom before it dissipated.  Overall path length was 4.5 miles long and damage width varied from 40 to 70 yards.  Damage intensity with the first tornado was rated F1.  A second tornado formed about a minute later 2 miles north of Dubois and paralleled the first tornadic damage path.  Tree damage and 3 large grain bins over 120 feet tall near railroad tracks on the west side of Radom were destroyed by the second tornado.  A short-lived tornado formed just northwest of Radom and merged with the second tornado just north of town.  Extensive tree damage occurred at the point of merger.  The tornadic damage path continued north-northeast for an additional mile.  Overall damage path length of the second tornado was 3.5 miles while the damage width varied from 40 to 80 yards.  Damage intensity was rated on the high-end of F1.  A third tornado formed approximately 1/2 mile south of Radom and traveled northeast across the eastern part of town.  Ten homes, one house trailer and several outbuildings sustained varying degrees of damage.  The roof of Saint Michaels Catholic School was severely damaged by this tornado.  Many large trees were also severed across the eastern part of town.  The third tornadic damage track ended approximately 1.5 miles east of Ashley, Illinois.  The third tornado had an overall damage path length of 4 miles and damage width varied from 50 to 100 yards.  Damage intensity associated with this tornado was rated F1.  A fourth tornado formed 1/2 mile east of Radom and damaged several outbuildings on a farmstead 3/4 mile northeast of Radom.  This tornado traveled to the northeast and damaged many trees along its path.  Outbuildings from two other farmsteads sustained varying degrees of damage from this tornado.  The fourth tornado paralleled the third tornadic damage track and dissipated 2.5 miles northeast near the Washington/Jefferson county line.  Overall length of the damage track was 4.5 miles while damage width varied from 40 to 70 yards.  Damage intensity of the fourth tornado was rated F1.  A fifth tornado formed 2.5 miles northeast of Radom and caused damage to a machine shed near the intersection of Illinois Route 15 and County Road 1175.  The fifth tornado paralleled the fourth tornadic damage path.  This tornado crossed the Washington/Jefferson county line and caused mainly tree damage along it path.  Overall damage path length was 3 miles while damage width varied from 40 to 60 yards.  Damage intensity associated with this tornado was mainly rated F0.  Multiple tornado damage tracks have been documented in two other events across our region since 1995.

Map of the May 30, 2004 tornado damage tracks across southwest and south-central Illinois.
Detailed map of the Marine Illinois F1 tornadic damage track - May 30, 2004 (eastern Madison County Illinois).
Machine shed damage in Madison county Illinois

Additional machine shed damage in Madison county Illinois

Sheet metal tossed into a field

Radar image at 407 PM CDT.

Storm Relative Velocity field at 407 PM CDT.

Detailed map of the Breese F1 tornadic damage track - May 30, 2004 (central Clinton County Illinois).

Machine shed damage.

Pieces of machine shed driven into ground.

More machine shed damage.

Another view of machine shed damage.

Tree damage

Silo damage

More silo damage

Additional machine shed damage

Radar image at 454 PM CDT

Storm Relative Velocity field at 454 PM CDT

Detailed mapping of the tornadic damage tracks of the Radom, Illinois multiple tornado event - May 30, 2004 (eastern Washington County Illinois).

School damage

Outbuilding damage

Silo damage

Tree damage

Outbuilding damage

Damage to a mobile home

Tree damage

Tree damage

Radar image at 623 PM CDT

Storm Relative Velocity field at 623 PM CDT

     


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