... Ottertail County was in a tornado warning and a funnel cloud was reported near Fergus Falls.
New thunderstorms erupted in western and central Minnesota during the late afternoon. The storms had produced nearly continuous 65-85 mph wind gusts and damage in North Dakota, and continued doing so into west-central Minnesota. Gusts of 74 and 71 mph were reported by road weather stations in Wilkin County. Furnished by Jude Sinn. The tornadoes caused damage to buildings and structures in addition to uprooting or snapping several trees in the area.Shelf cloud approaching West Fargo, ND. Catch up on the developing stories making headlines. It stayed largely over open fields, but left minor markings in corn and soybean field as noted in video and confirmed by a storm damage survey team. FERGUS FALLS, Minn.– ... July 8, 2020. The Park Rapids airport measured a wind gust of 75 mph, with power outages reported near Hackensack, Akeley, and Aitkin.One of the first supercells of the day produced a confirmed tornado that tracked from Grant into Otter Tail County. The strongest tornado was EF-2 with maximum winds of 115 mph. In an attempt to document this complex and lengthy event, links to relevant mesoscale and synotpic discussions and illustrations are provided for reference..National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationOne of several tornadoes in Grant County, MN, near Wendell. The Fergus Falls municipal airport in Otter Tail County reported a wind gust of 83 mph at 4:35 AM. While this morning activity waned in intensity near midday, some newly developed and reinvigorated convection in the early afternoon lead to additional severe storms (some tornadic) developing near a surface low and accompanying surface fronts moved out of northeast South Dakota into northwest Minnesota.Multiple locations were found. Minnesota has had just seven days since 1980 with F4 or EF4 tornadoes:Along with multiple instances of severe weather, the thunderstorms also brought repeat rounds of heavy rainfall to many of the same areas. The rain produced localized flash-flooding near Brainerd and Aitkin, but also provided much-needed relief from persistently dry weather and drought.
It left slight marking in a soybean field as noted by video and damage survey team review.The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:Throughout the day August 14, 2020, a strong shortwave trough moved east through North Dakota into northern Minnesota.
Ahead of the trough, strong forcing for ascent aided in developing numerous thunderstorms. Please try another search.
This tornado formed and dissipated fairly quickly. Heavy rains also accompanied the storms, with minor flooding reported in some areas.Call 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367)Tornadoes rated at EF4 (formerly F4 on the Fujita scale) are rare, and cause an unusual amount of damage, even to well-built structures. Given the long track of damage and wind gusts well above severe levels (58 mph is the threshold for winds to be considered "severe"), it is likely that this event qualified as a Following is the text of the initial National Weather Service statement on the Otter Tail County tornado(es). Courtesy of Amanda and Nick Elms.
Some observers in Otter Tail, Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin counties reported 3-5 separate instances of hail. Kelli Weinandt shared video of a tornado near Fergus Falls on … Photo of a tornado near Stalker Lake in Otter Tail County on July 8, 2020. High 67F. The Fergus Falls municipal airport in Otter Tail County reported a wind gust of 83 mph at 4:35 AM. This tornado had a persistent wall cloud for several minutes prior to tornado development. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph..