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Illinois Ranks #4 For Tornado Reports In 2015


According to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, Illinois ranks fourth in the nation in the number of tornado reports in 2015.

Is this surprising news?

State climatologist Jim Angel says Illinois is usually in the top ten, but this ranking is a bit high compared to previous years at this time.

Northern Illinois experienced and EF-4 in April. That’s out of 64 reports.

Angel says that severity is rare. He says what is also unusual this year is that there have been more reports from the northern and southern parts of the state. He says central Illinois is typically more prone to twisters.

Here are the top five states:

Texas with 164 reports

Kansas with 150 reports

Oklahoma with 100 reports

Illinois with 64 reports

Colorado with 48 reports

According to NOAA, the most outstanding event for 2015 was the April 9 outbreak that produced 11 tornadoes, and caused two deaths in Fairdale.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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