Hoosier Posted March 27, 2011 Share Posted March 27, 2011 I thought I'd make a thread as we come up on the anniversary. This event is perhaps not as well known as the 1965 outbreak, but it wreaked havoc in a similar manner. In fact, the 1920 and 1965 outbreaks were focused in essentially the same area. This event produced over 30 tornadoes (and probably more as weaker tornadoes may not have been counted) and killed at least 153 with some estimates much higher than that. Northeastern Illinois was one of the hard hit areas. The Fort Wayne News and Sentinel wrote this regarding a tornado that tracked through Wilmette, Illinois: The storm had a spectacular career in Wilmette suburban home of scores of Chicago millionaires. It cut a path 200 feet wide directly through the heard of the fashionable suburb. The only things it left untouched were a glass conservatory, two churches and the offices of the local weekly newspaper. Here are some 500 mb and surface maps from that day: Wikipedia article provides a good summary and links to the other 2 significant Palm Sunday outbreaks. http://en.wikipedia....ornado_outbreak This is also a good read: http://books.google....tornado&f=false Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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