Weather Almanac for April 19th

Published 04/19 2013 06:00AM

Updated 04/18 2015 04:28PM

Weather Almanac For 4/19

This Day In Weather History

1927 - Illinois' 10th deadliest tornado outbreak on record took a path across the central part of Illinois, killing 21 people. The first tornado touched down near Hardin, traveling northeast through Carrollton, then skimmed the south side of Springfield. At Carrollton, a teacher was killed as she held the door of the school shut, saving the lives of her students. The second tornado, peaking at F4 intensity, touched down on the southeast side of Springfield, then moved to affect the towns of Riverton, Buffalo Hart, Chestnut, and Cornland. In Buffalo Hart, only 3 houses were left standing, while the northern half of Cornland was leveled. The tornado track was 65 miles, ending in Ford County.

1996 - A significant outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms occurred across Illinois during the afternoon and evening hours. In central Illinois, 20 tornadoes moved across the area. One severe thunderstorm spawned several tornadoes from west of Jacksonville, to just west of Springfield, through Decatur and Urbana, and east to Ogden. The Decatur area, which had also been hit by a tornado the night before, sustained about $9 million damage with 27 people injured. Further east, up to $11 million damage occurred in Urbana, where 30 homes were destroyed and 80 more were damaged. Another tornado moved through Ogden, destroying 68 homes and numerous other businesses and public institutions. One person was killed just east of Ogden, when a semi was overturned on I-74. Strong tornadoes were also reported in Mason and southwest McLean Counties.  You can get more information on this event in the Weather Vault.

Temperature Information


Champaign-Urbana644284 (2002)25 (1983)
Danville664386 (2002)21 (1983)
Decatur684486 (2002)21 (1983)
Effingham664387 (2002)21 (1983)
Springfield664487 (1938)24 (1983)

Sunrise/Sunset For 2015

Champaign-Urbana6:09 AM7:35 PM
Danville6:07 AM7:33 PM
Decatur6:13 AM7:38 PM
Effingham6:12 AM7:35 PM
Springfield6:16 AM7:41 PM

Some information gathered from the National Weather Service and other government agencies. Data for averages are based on 1981 to 2010 averages. Record highs are based on different times of record. Here are when records stared for each observation point: Danville; 1895, Decatur; 1893, Effingham; 1951, Springfield; 1879, Urbana; 1888.

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