Wednesday, April 21, 2004A swath of tornadoes hit Utica, Illinois last night (about 90 miles outside of Chicago), causing heavy damage and killing several people. AZCentral has details about the killer spring storm.
In Indiana, officials were surprised by the storms, said Alden Taylor, a spokesman for the State Emergency Management Agency. "It was warm, but those are what are called popcorn storms [a.k.a. an "air mass thunderstorm"] that will suddenly appear. It's very difficult to predict them," Taylor said.Strange how weather patterns like this travel - last night in Chicago, it was raining, but barely even breezy...I suppose that's the nature of a "popcorn storm."