Disaster Aid
8:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

More State Money Coming For Tornado Relief

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:44 am

More money is on the way for Illinois communities devastated by last fall's tornadoes. Officials are making available more than $11 million dollars of state relief. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city of Washington is getting the majority of those funds. The community will use the money to repair streets and sidewalks. It's part of an overall package to help local governments recoup some of the costs associated with storm cleanup. That’s after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance. 

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Tuesday Night at McDonough County 4-H Center
2:12 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NWS Storm Spotter Certification Class

Credit Justin Hobson / Wikimedia Commons

Even with today’s technology, the National Weather Service still depends on certified storm spotters across the nation to serve as eyes on the ground.

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Research by State Climatologist
12:56 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

November Tornadoes in Illinois

An aerial view of the tornado's path through Washington, Illinois.

Weather statistics show it’s not unheard of for a tornado to touch down in Illinois during November.

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WIU Expert on Tornado Disasters
6:30 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Working to Improve Emergency Responses

Damage from a tornado that struck Gifford in eastern Illinois on 11/17/13
Credit Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media

Although November tornadoes are not common in Illinois, Dr. Jack Rozdilsky said no one should be surprised when one happens.

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Uses Mathematic Models to help understand storms
9:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

WIU Researcher Analyzes Tornadoes

WIU Meteorology Professor Marcus Büker and his team are looking into what goes on inside tornadoes.
Credit WIU

Tornadoes are fact of life in the Midwest.  A researcher at Western Illinois University is using a National Science Foundation grant to look inside storms to figure out which ones will spawn twisters.

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