Active severe weather season expected


February ended with a widespread outbreak of severe weather and wild temperature swings across the Midwest.

Eric Snodgrass, chief science fellow at Nutrien Ag Solutions, says…

“There was quite a bit of hail damage across the state of Illinois, especially in the northern part of the state, but then we also had stronger storms that hit downstate as well.”  He says, “I know we had more than 11 tornadoes out of that as well, so a pretty early and active start to our severe weather season.”

He says although the major temperature shift following the front was drastic; it wasn’t historical…

“Early 2000s, we had a front that came through in late January that took our temperatures ahead of it into the 70s,”  he says, “we started the next morning in the negative single digits, so it can be bigger, but certainly this one felt like a pretty powerful shockwave to the system as it came through earlier this week.”

He says it’s just the beginning…

“I think it’s going to be a pretty active tornado season as we go forward here in parts of the Midwest.”  He says, “We’re gonna get, you know, a system every probably five days that tries to roll across the country.

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