NWS Surveys Damage, Confirms Another Dec. 10 Tornado in Coles County | Weather Blog


OAKLAND, Ill. (WTHI) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that an additional tornado touched down in Coles County on December 10, 2021.

The Weather Service said the tornado touched down a quarter mile east of the community of Rardin and traveled 5.8 miles before lifting a mile east of Oakland.

“The tornado caused only tree damage with the greatest concentration of tree damage in wooded areas along the Embarras River,” the NWS wrote in its report on the storm. “Evidence that the tornado was on the ground was also found along East County Rd 1750 N.”

It doesn’t look like much, but a pine tree northeast of Rardin lost its top in the December 10 storms. The NWS believes it was caused by an EF-1 tornado.

Meteorologists rated the tornado as EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and estimated peak wind gusts at 90 mph.

James Auten, senior forecaster at the NWS office in Lincoln, Ill., said it’s harder to find tornado damage in rural areas during the winter months, especially if the tornado is weak.

He said the trees can withstand gusts of wind and not break because they have no leaves and the empty fields make it difficult to determine a path.

Auten said radar data was analyzed to help confirm a tornado touched down in the area that night.

The Oakland tornado is now the second of three tornadoes that touched down in the Wabash Valley on December 10.

the first tornadolater rated EF-2, landed in Shelby Co., Illinois, and traveled through three counties before taking off northwest of Mattoon, damaging several structures and homes in its path.

Then, after producing that last confirmed tornado near Oakland, the storm moved into Edgar County where it landed another EF-2 tornado northeast of Chrisman, damaging machine sheds and grain silos.

Click on here to read all of the night’s NWS Lincoln storm polls.

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