Rare Tornado Event Part Two: What Transpired on February 28, 2017

In Part One of this series, I discussed the role of the National Weather Service in warning situations.  I thought this would be good topic to cover in light of the rare and tragic tornado outbreak that occurred February 28, 2017.  Note all data were provided by the National Weather Service Chicago. Continue reading


Rare Tornado Event Part One: Role of the National Weather Service

Although official spring has not started (March 20th will be the first day of spring in 2017), hasn’t it felt as if mother nature is determined to make it feel like spring?  Perhaps you noticed the first taste of spring when a record breaking stretch of warm temperatures were felt across northern Illinois?  Or maybe it seemed more spring like across the Midwest when thunderstorms, instead of snow, occurred?  No matter what your idea of spring is,  one of the more dangerous types of weather that typically develops during late spring/early summer, occurred on February 28th, when a rare tornado outbreak hit the Mid-Mississippi Valley and the Lower Great Lakes region. Continue reading