Tornadoes in Minnesota:

For the third year in a row there were no fatalities due to a tornado in Minnesota. In 2003 there were 48 tornadoes. 12 of them were in an outbreak on July 14th. The first tornado was on May 14 near Sleepy Eye in Brown County and the last was a late September 26th tornado at Blaine in Anoka County. Most the tornadoes were weak with most an F0 or F1 on the Fujita Scale. Only three were categorized as F2 or a "Strong" tornado. The ten year average from 1994 to 2003 is 43 tornadoes a year. The most in the past ten years was 74 tornadoes in 2001 to 33 tornadoes in 2000. The Chanhassen Office of the National Weather Service has comprised a listing of the 2003 tornadoes. There is also a graphic of where each tornado touchdown occurred.


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Last modified: December 26, 2003