ASK TOM WHY: Has a tornado ever touched down in Winnetka, Wilmette, or Lake Forest in the past 50 years?

Dear Tom,

 
Has a tornado ever touched down in Winnetka, Wilmette, or Lake Forest in the past 50 years?

 
Thanks,

 

Mick Wright

Lake Forest

 

Dear Mick,

 
On March 12, 1976 an F-3 tornado killed two and injured 66 as it tracked from Northlake to Wilmette. Several other significant twisters have struck along the North Shore but occurred more than 50 years ago. On June 3, 1860 a twister touched down in Glencoe and on April 6, 1912 another twister traveled from Skokie to Wilmette. The North Shore’s biggest tornado occurred on Palm Sunday March 28, 1920 when a long-track F-4 tornado hop-scotched 53 miles from Channahon to Wilmette killing 20 and injuring 300. Other twisters hit in the Northfield-Wilmette area on April 2, 1956 and just to the north near the Great Lakes Naval Air Station on September 28, 1972.

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