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Severe storms impacting IL farmers

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the number of major storms that have impacted Illinois farmers and communities is up this year.

Ed Shimon, at NWS’s Lincoln office, tells Brownfield hail and flooding have caused major headaches.

“The atmosphere is holding a lot more moisture, you know, this spring it seems like.”  He says, “Those storms develop, they’ll drop rainfall at rates of four inches an hour. So, you got half an hour of a rain core like that and boom, you got two inches of rain and your fields are flooded.”

He also says the number of tornadoes are well above average.

“Just a real active storm pattern that has been producing, you know, all these tornado events, 62 now for the state, which is already above our normal average for an entire year, which is 56.”

Shimon says last year saw 121 tornadoes in the state, and it’s unusual to have consecutive active years.  For example, in 2022 Illinois saw only seven tornadoes statewide.

He says models show thunderstorms continuing to be a threat throughout the early summer. 

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AUDIO: Ed Shimon – National Weather Service

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