Updated: 5/30/2014 6:30 am
Talk about a busy day in weather history. Two significant weather events took place on May 30th in 2003 & 2005. In 2003, several tornadoes touched down in central Illinois. The strongest storm moved through DeWitt and Logan counties. This storm produced a tornado which touched down 4 miles north of Lincoln and moved into Hallsville, DeWitt County. Another tornado formed and moved from Hallsville to just southeast of Clinton. These tornadoes caused nearly $10 million dollars in damage.
Two years later in 2005, after getting off to an unseasonably wet start to spring, a drought started to develop. Total rainfall for May was only 25% - 50% of normal totals. This caused moderate drought conditions by May 30th. Mattoon had its second driest spring with just 4.75” total for the entire spring season. That's nearly the amount they should see for the month of May alone.