Weather Almanac for May 21st

Published 05/21 2013 06:00AM

Updated 05/20 2016 02:50PM

Weather Almanac For 5/21

This Day In Weather History

1949 - Several tornadoes affected south central Illinois during the late afternoon hours.  One tornado hit areas around Mt. Sterling, destroying several barns and unroofing homes.  Another tornado, this one more violent crossed the Mississippi River from the St. Louis area into Wood River, then to Roxanna.  300 homes were damaged or destroyed and five people died.  Another violent tornado in southeast Illinois caused significant damage in Palestine, before the storm moved into Indiana.  Four people were killed in a destroyed restaurant in Palestine.

2014 - A batch of severe storms fired up in the afternoon lasted into the evening hours.  Parts of east central Illinois saw hail that typically was up to the size of golf balls.  In fact, Tuscola saw hail the size of a grapefruit.  Many cars and roofs were damaged.  Check out our coverage of the day in our weather vault. 

Temperature Information

Champaign-Urbana 75 53 93 (1925) 30 (1895)
Danville 76 53 97 (1925) 32 (1954)
Decatur 77 54 96 (1925) 31 (1895)
Effingham 76 54 93 (1972) 36 (2002)
Springfield 76 54 94 (1941) 35 (2002)

Sunrise/Sunset For 2016

Champaign-Urbana 5:32 AM 8:08 PM
Danville 5:29 AM 8:05 PM
Decatur 5:36 AM 8:10 PM
Effingham 5:36 AM 8:06 PM
Springfield 5:39 AM 8:12 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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