Tornado Decline In Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- A cool spring has spawned about a third fewer tornadoes so far this year in Illinois.

Weather officials say about a dozen twisters have touched down statewide, compared to the 19 that usually spin up through May.

Last year, Illinois had about 90 tornadoes heading into June on the way to a record 126 for the year.

Weather officials say a cold snap this March and April and lack of typical spring humidity has led to fewer twisters.

But Illinois isn't out of the woods yet because June and July can produce their share of powerful storms and tornadoes.

But weather experts say forecasts through August call for weather patterns that usually bring fierce straight-line winds rather than twisters.

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