Warmer temps trigger wild weather
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[MARCH 31, 2005]
What timing. Not
24 hours after storm spotters received training on Tuesday evening,
they were in action on the real thing. Warm, moist conditions met
with a cold front that spawned numerous storm cells on Wednesday
afternoon. The areas most affected ranged from central Illinois
northward and moved from the southwest to northeast.
High winds, wind gusts and hail were
the prominent features of this storm system. Several tornadoes were
identified, but none were in Logan County.
Storms coming out of Springfield
passed through Logan County and moved on to affect the Bloomington
Potential warnings of severe weather
were confirmed by the Logan County ESDA at 11:36 a.m. The National
Weather Service issued the first tornado watch for Logan County
between noon and 1 p.m. By 2 p.m. winds had escalated to hazardous.
High straight-line winds blew vehicles off the roadways in Sangamon,
Logan and Menard counties. The most damage reported was three to
four miles east of Lincoln, where wind tore shingles off a building
and hail damaged siding on another building.
Winds reached a high of 65 mph and
gusted to 45 mph. Hail fell at different times throughout the county
and ranged from pea size to golf ball size.
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Golf ball-sized hail was reported at
1200th Street and 1600th Avenue between 4 and 5 p.m.
A utility line went down at 3:30
p.m. in Latham. Atlanta and Latham had short power outages.
Several bouts of rain pummeled the
area but resulted in little accumulation.
Lightning and thunder accompanied
some of the cells.
It was approximately 8 p.m. before
warnings lapsed and the weather settled into general wind and some