According to weather.gov, this spring and early summer Is forecast to be extremely active tornado season in Illinois and the Midwest. Tornadoes occur most frequently in the central part of the United States in the Great Plains region, including Illinois. And in 2021, weather models are already predicting an above-average tornado season.
The United States averages 1,000 tornadoes each year, with Illinois averaging at least 64 of those. However, the worst season recorded in the Prairie State’s recent history was in 2006 with 124 tornadoes.
Tornadoes can happen just about anywhere and at any time, so long as conditions are optimal for one to form. With an average width of 300-500 yards, traveling as far as 50 miles, and internal wind speeds of 100-500 mph, these funnels can be violent and create mass destruction in their wakes.