Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
After a Wednesday that saw storms drop 1-inch hail in North Barrington and more than 2 inches of rain in parts of McHenry County, I'm sure we'd all like a respite from the rain. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little longer. Meteorologists are warning Illinois residents that there's a significant chance for severe weather Thursday, with storms possibly bringing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for Thursday, severe weather will be possible during the day and into the evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center has placed half of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather, while parts of …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Have you ever seen a tornado? I'll never forget the day I saw a tornado touch down. I was just 13 or 14 and on a youth group trip with my church. We were driving through Nebraska and getting ready to stop for dinner when the skies turned dark. We saw a funnel cloud pass overhead and heard the warning on the radio that people should leave their cars and seek shelter. We did exactly that. We stopped at McDonald's and got ready to seek shelter in the large refrigerator if the tornado hit. The tornado ultimately touched down about a mile from us. It was incredibly scary, and I hope I never experience that again. Are You Prepared? If a tornado warning was issued, would you know what to do? This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Winter Storm Magnus dumped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, while places like Georgia and Tennessee saw tornadoes.
A massive storm system resulted in snow and tornadoes across the country Wednesday, leaving small amounts of snow here in northern Illinois and nearly a foot of snow in portions of Wisconsin. According to the National Weather Service Office in Chicago, the 12-hour snowfall ending at 6 p.m. Wednesday saw .6 inches of snow fall in Grayslake, while Oak Lawn saw just a tenth of an inch. That same storm system, Winter Storm Magnus (as named by The Weather Channel), dumped a lot of snow elsewhere in the country. Reedsburg, WI, for example, received 10 inches of snow, and 9 inches of snow fell in Watson, IA. The Weather Channel reported that snow fell in parts of Kansas, southeast Nebraska, northern Missouri, Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Police and Fire respond to mock plane crash and tornado at Harper College.
At first glance the scene was horrifically gruesome. Bodies, arms and legs akimbo, strewn about the grassy knolls of Harper College in Palatine. Bloody wounds with protruding glass, burns and punctures, greeted those who arrived first on the scene. The mock disaster based on a plane crash caused by severe-thunderstorm coupled with a tornado, was meant to test the preparedness and response of area fire and police departments. Billed as one of the largest disaster scenarios, nearly two dozen fire departments and fire protection districts, as well as police and emergency response agencies, were called to the scene. A total of about 200 emergency personnel participated in the drill, from departments as far away as Winnetka and Northbrook. The …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Palatine no longer is under a tornado warning.
UPDATED: 9:22 P.M. June 21 The National Weather Service just updated its site and removed the tornado warning for the Palatine area. UPDATED: 9:06 P.M. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning until 9:30 p.m. for north central Cook County. At 7:53 p.m. Doppler radar indicated a severe storm line capable of producing "brief rain-wrapped tornadoes" as well as "straight line wind damage," according to the National Weather Service. The current warning is for eastern Lake and northeastern DuPage Counties and central Cook County until 9:30 p.m. The National Weather Service states that people should "go to a basement or a small interior room on the lowest floor."