Weather Almanac for May 6th

Published 05/06 2013 06:00AM

Updated 05/05 2016 12:47PM

Weather Almanac For 5/6

This Day In Weather History

1876 - An F3 tornado moved through Chicago and tore a 4 mile path.  Many buildings, including a candy factory, a hospital, a freight depot, and a church were damaged.  The tornado moved over Lake Michigan and observed to have multiple vortices.  In southeast central Illinois, a tornado blew a moving passenger train off the tracks near Neoga, injuring the 19 people aboard.

2003 - The far southern tip of Illinois was hit by an F4 tornado.  The touchdown was near Grand Chain (Pulaski County) and moved east to near Joppa (Massac County).  The tornado the turned northeast and lifted near Golconda (Pope County).  The tornado was on the ground for 33 miles or 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Two people were killed and another 33 were injured.  The forested region of the area had severe damage as well as damage to a few dozen homes and trailers.  The storms also produced an estimated wind gust of 125 mph northeast of Metropolis.

2012 - Storm fired up along a warm front in Livingston, Ford, and Iroquois Counties.  Those storms brought tornadoes, heavy winds, and heavy rainfall to those counties as well as Champaign and Vermilion County.  You can get more on this day in our Weather Vault.    

Temperature Information

Champaign-Urbana 70 48 91 (1946) 29 (1944)
Danville 72 49 92 (1949) 28 (1968)
Decatur 73 50 91 (1945) 28 (1944)
Effingham 71 49 87 (2012) 32 (1978)
Springfield 72 49 90 (2012) 34 (1944)

Sunrise/Sunset For 2016

Champaign-Urbana 5:46 AM 7:53 PM
Danville 5:44 AM 7:51 PM
Decatur 5:50 AM 7:56 PM
Effingham 5:50 AM 7:53 PM
Springfield 5:53 AM 7:58 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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