Storm chances tonight; Indiana’s severe weather season quiet thus far

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QUIET SO FAR

We are into the month of May, and severe weather season is typically at its height. The months of April, May and June often bring the heaviest of storms and produce the most tornadoes in the state. May annually produces 269 tornadoes nation-wide, just ahead of June.

In Indiana, the state will experience on average six tornadoes in May, up from four last month.

2021 has been a quiet year for severe weather in Indiana with only 14 reports all year. To date, there have been eight hail reports and six damaging winds reports state-wide. Only one of the 14 occurred in April and for the first time in seven years, there were NO tornado warnings issued from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis during the month of April.

FEW STORMS TONIGHT

We are monitoring trends in western Illinois at the time of this post for a cluster of storms to charge east and reach the state line at or just after 8 p.m. Monday. Depicted below in the image from one of our short-term forecasts, the storms may produce some hail and a damaging with threat.

We are outlooked for the possibility of a severe storm by the Storm Prediction Center tonight. We favor the window for the strong or severe storm from 8 p.m. through 1 a.m. Tuesday.

We will be closely watching the storms in Illinois. Be sure to check in again on air or online this evening!

9 p.m. UPDATE

A cluster of storms are ongoing out of Illinois and are likely to continue east to southeast, bringing a threat of severe weather with them. The strongest and most likely severe cluster will dive into west to southwest central Indiana by 10 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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