Increasing in size as it moved into northwest Lucas County, the tornado produced increasingly severe damage, as buildings and homes were swept clean of their foundations,[8] before leveling the entire community of Raab Corners (four deaths), also called "Rab's Corners", in Lucas County. Temperatures climbed up through the 40s over Southern Lower Michigan during the forenoon hours of Sunday, while behind the warm front (along the Ohio River), readings rose into the mid 70s and were accompanied by dew points in the lower to mid 60s. However, forecasting, communications technology, and public awareness about Severe Weather was nearly nonexistent in 1920 and would not begin for another 33 years, when the U.S. NWS Indianapolis A thunderstorm was ongoing at both Detroit City and Metropolitan airports as of the 400 AM EST observation (Detroit City Airport was the official climate observing site for Detroit at the time and this was transferred to Metro Airport just a year later in April 1966). Without proper collaboration among the NWS, emergency managers, broadcast media, private meteorology, and first responders, the goal of protecting lives is compromised. The first storm started to spawn killer tornadoes in DeKalb and then Kane Counties starting at 12:00 p.m. CST. The damage path from these terrible two tornadoes extended at one point up to four miles wide, though some of this damage might well have been also due to straight line winds. The tornadoes then sped quickly across Hillsdale County, both tracking just south of the town of Hillsdale. NWS Northern Indiana The Palm Sunday Outbreak of 1965 has left a lasting legacy that persists to this day. By 11 am storms had formed primarily along the warm front across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois. The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 was an outbreak of at least 37 tornadoes, 31 of which were significant, across the Midwest and Deep South states on March 28, 1920. Little is known about many of the specific tornadoes that occurred, and the list below is only partial. The weather maps in use in March 1920 showed a rather large and deep cyclone over northern Iowa that was forecast to move across central Lower Michigan by nightfall with a trailing cold front. Both isolated tornado and widespread non-tornadic downburst damage was reported as far as Wauconda, killing cattle, damaging farms, and destroying many buildings. Our Office The storms moved quickly to the northeast towards Chicago, Illinois. The strong jet core extended throughout all levels of the atmosphere as of Palm Sunday morning. A nine-year old girl was killed and six homes were destroyed in Clinton County, while three more homes were destroyed in Shiawassee County. This tornado continued on into Allen County, but lifted before striking the city of Lima. Protecting lives and livelihoods require a collaborative effort. [4], As the tornado left downtown Elgin, it destroyed numerous trees along with 25 homes and damaged 200 other residences. Sorry, the location you searched for was not found. Four confirmed tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois on April 11, 1965. 1 Should the accident have occurred at that time there would have been hundreds of deaths. Other notable outbreaks include the 1925 Tri-State tornadoes (695 fatalities; only 8 documented tornadoes), the April 3-4, 1974 “Super Outbreak” (335), and the April 27, 2011 “Dixie Outbreak” (313). It destroyed six businesses, damaged many others, and also "partially wrecked" three churches. The dark, hatched blobs represent radar returns of the storms in progress. Minimal losses were reported. From April 11 to 12, 1965, tornadoes touched down in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Aviation About “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake” 1 contributor Based on the actual F5 tornado that struck Crystal Lake, Illinois on “Palm Sunday”, a special day for Catholics, in 1965. Play Time for Kids Please try another search. Over 150 homes in the neighborhood were heavily damaged and another 45 destroyed. Severe Weather Preparedness Only the "Super Outbreaks" of April 3rd, 1974 and April 27th, 2011 were worse. The Crystal Lake Historical Society is located at the Colonel Palmer House, which is at the intersection of Illinois Route 176 and Terra Cotta Road in Crystal Lake. The heaviest damage occurred near Moulton, located in Auglaize County, as several farms and homes were destroyed, with only minor injuries reported. April 11, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Outbreak that ravaged six states in 1965, including the Chicagoland area. This tornado was relatively weak and short-lived (path length under ½ mile). As the tornadoes crossed into Lenawee County, about 100 vacation homes (cottages) were torn apart on Devil's Lake at Manitou Beach but fortunately, being early April, most were vacant at the time. [5] Farmhouses and other buildings were leveled as the violent tornado, .5 miles (1 km) wide at this point, moved towards Raab Corners. Many communities and farmers alike were caught off-guard as the storms moved to the northeast at speeds that reached over 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). Social media outreach is yet another step in the Integrated Warning System that allows warnings to quickly reach those in the path. Probably part of a tornado family, it touched down near the Wells County community of Ossian. The tornado event in northern Illinois April 9, 2015 is an example of the legacy of 1965 in action. Detroit/Pontiac, MI9200 White Lake RoadWhite Lake, MI 48386248-620-9804Comments? Many individuals interviewed following the outbreak expressed confusion over terminology or a lack of awareness regarding the threat tornadoes posed to their area.

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