Weather Almanac for April 20th

Published 04/20 2013 06:00AM

Updated 04/19 2016 02:59PM

Weather Almanac For 4/20

This Day In Weather History

2000 - Severe t-storms damaged homes in central Illinois as they rolled from west to east.  These storms produced tornadoes Illiopolis and Forsyth.  Another tracked from Oreana to Argenta and it lifted the roof off a home 2 miles northeast of Oreana and part of a roof in Argenta was lifted off.  Earlier in the morning, the storms produced winds up to 85 mph in Cass, Tazewell, and Menard Counties, causing damage to buildings, trees and power lines.  In Tazewell County, a radio tower in Groveland was blown over, causing $500,000 damage and near Washington, an airport hangar was destroyed, damaging 3 planes.

2004 - A strong (F3) tornado moved across the town of Utica, near LaSalle-Peru in north central Illinois. This tornado destroyed several homes, a machinery building, and a tavern. The roof of the tavern collapsed, killing eight people inside; many of these people had come into town from nearby mobile homes, seeking sturdier shelter. The tornado dissipated on a steep bluff on the northeast side of town. Another tornado developed shortly afterward, crossing I-80 near Ottawa. Several other tornadoes developed across north central and northeast Illinois, affecting areas around Joliet and Kankakee..

Temperature Information

Champaign-Urbana 65 43 85 (1987) 21 (1897)
Danville 67 44 85 (1987) 22 (1983)
Decatur 68 45 88 (1987) 25 (1983)
Effingham 66 44 88 (1971) 24 (1983)
Springfield 66 44 89 (1936) 28 (1956)

Sunrise/Sunset For 2016

Champaign-Urbana 6:07 AM 7:37 PM
Danville 6:04 AM 7:35 PM
Decatur 6:10 AM 7:40 PM
Effingham 6:10 AM 7:37 PM
Springfield 6:13 AM 7:42 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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