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An Illinois climatologist says the state has seen an odd start to this year’s severe weather.
Illinois leads the nation in the number of tornadoes so far this year with 86. There were 22 confirmed tornadoes alone across the state during a March 31 outbreak that killed several people.
State climatologist Trent Ford said 2023 this far has been highly unusual.
“Our peak is between April and June climatologically, so to get that many tornadoes, basically a year’s worth of tornadoes just in January, February and March is really incredible,” Ford said.