The severe weather season started early in Kane County. On February 28 at 3 pm the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for most of northeastern Illinois. As the afternoon progressed a series of storms began to sweep across the area, triggering several severe thunderstorm warnings and a couple of tornado warnings.
We initiated a standby SKYWARN® net immediately after the first watch was issued, and we continued to monitor into the evening hours. A severe storm warning was finally issued for our county at approximately 5 pm and we activated a full scale directed net that continued for about an hour.
Amateurs in the area checked in and out throughout the afternoon. We ended up with about sixteen individual stations being recorded in the log. A number of those stations were commuters in route back home for the evening.
Kane County was fortunate that there was no severe damage recorded, but other areas were not so lucky. An EF-3 tornado touched down in Naplate and Ottawa, and Oregon experienced an EF-1 incident.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our net. I’m sure there will be more activations in the months to come.