It looks like Mother Nature is sparing Illinois from tornadoes this year. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the state has only had 23-twisters this year, compared to the normal 40 that are usually seen by now.
Fourteen of the twisters occurred on a warm day in February. Only seven tornadoes have touched down since March. Angel says there's a new online tool that allows weather enthusiasts to track tornadoes dating as far back as the 1950's. It's available on the Midwestern Regional Climate Center's website: www.MRCC.ISWS.Illinois.edu