Illinois is no stranger to wild weather. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, snow storms, extreme winds, wicked heat, and bone-chilling cold pretty much sum up what to expect in the Land of Lincoln. Some of these weather changes developed at a moment's notice, leaving little time to prepare. Did you know records prove November is a turbulent weather month in Illinois?

There's a weather-related historical fact for every day of November in Illinois. If you're thinking it has to do with cold, ice, and snow, you're a little off. November has experienced very unseasonable warmth, cold, and more.

November 5, 2005

A late-night/early-morning storm roared across central and southeast Illinois with winds peaking between 86-89 mph. The storm caused significant damage to trees, and structures from Chrisman through the west of the Bloomington area.

November 9, 1984

A tornado traveled 30 miles from Dudleyville to Brownstown, in Bond and Fayette Counties. The storm destroyed 25 homes, damaged 175, and injured 11 people.


Nov 11, 1911,  The Great Blue Norther

Parts of Illinois and the Midwest were hit with a heck of a punch from Mother Nature. An EF-2 tornado damaged 100 homes and injured 12 people when it touched down in Arenzville and Virginia.

Another tornado hit Mason County, near Easton to Logan/Mason County. This storm is responsible for the death of an infant and an elderly woman. They were killed in separate homes. Another tornado in the Chicago area was tracked from near Aurora to Naperville. That afternoon temperatures in the 70s dropped substantially into the teens by midnight.

November 12, 1965

100 homes were damaged by a tornado that traveled through Morris, Channahon, Preston Heights, and Tinley Park. The 36-mile path of destruction caused $7 million in damage. Southwest of that area experienced its own tornado that hit Streator Airport destroying 12 planes and several hangars.


November, 17, 2013

On this date, a whopping 75 tornadoes trekked across seven states. Illinois experienced 25 of them of which 14 were EF2 strength and two were EF4. One of the EF4s traveled 46 miles and caused severe damage to the city of Washington.

The storm was so wicked debris would be found in Chicago, over 100 miles away. This tornado injured 125 and killed 3. A second EF4 touched down near New Minden and traveled 10 miles, it injured 2 and killed 2 people. In total, all the active weather on Nov. 17, 2013, caused over a billion dollars in damage.

November 19, 1991

The city of Marion was hit by a tornado that destroyed 45 homes, damaged almost 300, and traveled about a mile and a half. It caused $30 million in damage.

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November 21, 2015

This first snowfall of the season actually began the day before but the punch was delivered on the 21st. Much of northern Illinois was with a massive snowstorm, dropping 19 inches in Mundelein, 11.2 at O'Hare Airport, and a near-record 8.8 inches in Rockford.

November 27, 1990

Homes, barns, and trees in Schuyler County were damaged by a tornado. Three homes were destroyed and 36-inch in diameter oak trees were uprooted. Another tornado in Tazewell County hit an airport destroying 32 airplanes and four hangars. The damage was estimated to be $1.5 million.

[h/t Wather.Gov]

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