It is considered the worst tornado outbreak on record in the Chicago area. At least 10 tornadoes pushed through Northern Illinois, 3 of which were later rated F4. On Episode 33, we take you back to April 21, 1967. It is a warm and muggy Friday afternoon. Kids are coming home from school. Commuters are bustling through major intersections. Within minutes, a massive tornado rips through several communities. You will hear eyewitness accounts from some of the survivors of this tornado event. It has been 50 years since the Oak Lawn Outbreak. Hear the history! Episode 33 is ON!
Many thanks to the Oak Lawn Public Library for access to their oral history interviews and images.
We would also like to thank the Oak Lawn Tornado 1967 Facebook page for their support. Several members of the group contacted us and are a part of this episode. We learned so much about the communities of Oak Lawn, Hometown, Evergreen Park and others by reading your posts.
Mike Bardou is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS in Chicago. Thank you for sharing your weather knowledge about this event and for being a part of the show!
Pictures from Kevin Teale, one of the survivors we interviewed:
Here are just a few images courtesy of the Oak Lawn Public Library or the NWS:
Correction: We mention on the podcast that Diane Doerge went to Southbourne high school. She went to Evergreen Park High school! Go Mustangs!