CHAMPAIGN - Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says that the 2015 tornado season is off to a quiet start.
According to Angel, no tornadoes have been reported in Illinois, and that few tornadoes outside the far Southeastern U.S. have been reported. However, Angel says that over the last few years, Illinois has seen more tornado reports made outside of the typical heart of tornado season, between March and June, than inside.
In addition, Angel says many of those tornadoes were concentrated over the course of a few days, with 69 percent of Illinois' tornado reports in 2012-2014 occurring in just five days. In 2012, seven of the 15 tornado reports in 2012 happened on February 29. Angel says 2013 was a quiet year for tornadoes until the outbreak seen on November 17. Angel also says 82 percent of 2014's 35 tornado reports happened on February 20, June 30, and October 13.
Angel is reminding Illinois residents to be on the lookout for tornado watches and warnings, regardless of the time of year. For the latest forecast and severe weather updates, keep tuned to WAND-TV or visit www.wandtv.com.