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Expert: Recent Illinois tornadoes have struck out of season

Expert: Recent Illinois tornadoes have struck out of season

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CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois weather expert says the phrase "tornado season" has lost some of its meaning during the past three years.

State Climatologist Jim Angel said the recent distribution of tornadoes doesn't match the typical Illinois tornado season, which runs March through June. Two-thirds of tornadoes normally occur during those months.

But in 2012, seven out of 15 tornado reports were on the last day of February. The year 2013 saw a massive tornado outbreak on Nov. 17. And in 2014, two notable tornado outbreaks were on Feb. 20 and Oct. 13, dates outside the normal tornado season.

Angel said it's too soon to draw conclusions about climate change. He works at the Illinois State Water Survey of the University of Illinois.

-- The Associated Press


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