The National Weather Service issued widespread tornado watches and warnings across the upper Midwest on Sunday. The warnings included 9 states — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Tornadoes are a fairly unusual occurrence this time of year for this region.
“These events are capable of having large, strong tornadoes, too. Some very significant tornado events have occurred in November, but more often they are in states like Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee or Texas,” says WeatherBug Chief Meteorologist Mark Hoekzema.
- 70 reports of tornadoes
- Many of the storms produced wind gusts in excess of 50 mph
- 6 reported deaths as of Monday with dozens more injured
- Multiple homes have been destroyed
WeatherBug Meteorologist and Field Tech Ben Michalak was walking out of his front door when he spotted a check on the ground in his front yard. The check originated in Dixon, Illinois – a whopping 130 miles away from Ben’s house in Scherville, Illinois!
The WeatherBug camera in Marion, Illinois at the Black Diamond Harley Davidson Dealership caught this footage as storms approached on Sunday November 17:
The storm also generated a tremendous amount of lightning:
Radar showed thunderstorms exiting Illinois midday Sunday. The storms sustained themselves over long distances, evident by the lengthy lightning cell tracks (noted by the lines on the image below). Notice the abundance of storm reports in the wake of the storms (these are the blue squares and orange circles) and how well they line up with the lightning cell tracks.Blue squares indicate wind damage reports, circles are hail reports and the upside down triangle show tornado reports.
Peak wind gusts in the storms and wind directions are tracked by our exclusive WeatherBug stations and at local airports across the Midwest. To view photos of these storms, visit WeatherBug’s new Photos site!
According to the National Weather Service, tornadoes can cause an average of 60-65 fatalities and 1,500 injuries each year. When destructive storms such as these strike, minutes matter. In order to give the maximum warning possible, technology matters. WeatherBug – Earth Networks is a big weather data company given that we operate the world’s largest weather and sensor networks which produces unparalleled real-time weather data. This in turn allows us to give our users and partners the best data and the fastest warning to severe weather. We are proud to be a longstanding partner of NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation initiative.
The Weather Channel and AccuWeather users received an average of 14 minutes of warning, while WeatherBug users received 32 minutes of warning — that’s 129% more warning time. Download WeatherBug and Know Before™. Safeguard yourself today:
Our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones.
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-The WeatherBug Team