Severe Weather and Tornadoes: June 17, 2009

Funnel cloud after tornado had lifted to the west of Nashua in Wilkin County

Funnel cloud after tornado had lifted to the west of Nashua in Wilkin County
Courtesy SkyWarn Storm Spotter Eric Whitehill

A stationary front over southwest Minnesota and some weak areas of low pressure associated with it were the catalyst for severe weather on June 17, 2009 over Minnesota. This brought the state's first tornado report of the year was a brief touchdown in Wilkin County at 4:40pm. There was another report of a tornado in Wilkin County near the Traverse County line at 6:08pm. More damaging tornadoes occurred in south central Minnesota near Austin later in the evening.

The National Weather Service Offices in La Crosse and Grand Forks posted stories about the June 17 severe weather and tornadoes.

La Crosse
Grand Forks

Below are local storm reports from the National Weather Service.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
650 AM CDT THU JUN 18 2009
 
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..
 
1025 AM     HAIL             1 NNE WALTERS           43.62N 93.67W
06/17/2009  E1.25 INCH       FARIBAULT          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
1050 AM     HAIL             3 N EMMONS              43.55N 93.48W
06/17/2009  M1.00 INCH       FREEBORN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
1050 AM     TSTM WND DMG     3 N EMMONS              43.55N 93.48W
06/17/2009                   FREEBORN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            6 INCH BRANCHES DOWN.
 
0705 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 W GENEVA              43.82N 93.31W
06/17/2009                   FREEBORN           MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
            TROOPER REPORTED FUNNEL CLOSE TO GROUND WEST OF I-35 AND
            GENEVA.
 
0722 PM     HAIL             6 SSW WASECA            44.01N 93.55W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       WASECA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0725 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 W GENEVA              43.82N 93.29W
06/17/2009                   FREEBORN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            NEAR I-35 AND FREEBORN CR 35...ROTATING WALL CLOUD WITH
            FUNNEL DROPPING TOWARDS THE GROUND.
 
0727 PM     HAIL             5 E FAIRMONT            43.64N 94.36W
06/17/2009  M0.75 INCH       MARTIN             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0730 PM     TORNADO          GENEVA                  43.82N 93.27W
06/17/2009                   FREEBORN           MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
            CONDENSATION FUNNEL CLOSE TO GROUND. DEBRIS CLOUD NOTED
            DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH. TREES DAMAGED ON EAST EDGE OF
            GENEVA.
 
0742 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 E WATERVILLE          44.22N 93.55W
06/17/2009                   LE SUEUR           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            ROTATING WALL CLOUD AND FUNNEL CLOUD.
 
0745 PM     HAIL             2 N BLOOMING PRAIRIE    43.90N 93.05W
06/17/2009  M1.75 INCH       STEELE             MN   PUBLIC
 
            NICKEL SIZE HAIL ALSO REPORTED
 
0750 PM     HAIL             3 NE WASECA             44.11N 93.46W
06/17/2009  M0.75 INCH       WASECA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0759 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     3 E WASECA              44.08N 93.44W
06/17/2009                   WASECA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            ROATATING WALL CLOUD. BETWEEN WASECA AND STEEL COUNTY
            LINE.
 
0802 PM     HAIL             3 SW MORRISTOWN         44.20N 93.49W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       WASECA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0803 PM     TORNADO          5 NE WASECA             44.13N 93.43W
06/17/2009                   WASECA             MN   AMATEUR RADIO
 
            DEBRIS IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND.
 
0814 PM     TORNADO          1 E WASECA              44.08N 93.48W
06/17/2009                   WASECA             MN   STORM CHASER
 
            TOUCHED DOWN ON CLEAR LAKE THEN MOVED ONSHORE. TREE DOWN
            BUT NO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
 
0814 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 NE WASECA             44.09N 93.49W
06/17/2009                   WASECA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0818 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     OWATONNA                44.09N 93.22W
06/17/2009                   STEELE             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            ROTATING WALL CLOUD...MULTIPLE FUNNELLS...SOUTHEAST
            SIDE...HAVANA TOWNSHIP.
 
0825 PM     HAIL             OWATONNA                44.09N 93.22W
06/17/2009  M0.88 INCH       STEELE             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0830 PM     HAIL             4 NW WASECA             44.12N 93.56W
06/17/2009  E0.88 INCH       WASECA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            NEAR 390TH AVENUE AND 110TH STREET.
 
0837 PM     HAIL             OWATONNA                44.09N 93.22W
06/17/2009  M1.50 INCH       STEELE             MN   PUBLIC
 
            HAIL REPORTED ON EAST SIDE OF CITY.
 
0940 PM     HAIL             3 NNW MAIDEN ROCK       44.61N 92.34W
06/17/2009  M0.75 INCH       PIERCE             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
1100 PM     HAIL             PRESCOTT                44.75N 92.79W
06/17/2009  M1.00 INCH       PIERCE             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            ALSO 2.5 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR
 
1115 PM     HAIL             4 S PRESCOTT            44.69N 92.79W
06/17/2009  M2.00 INCH       DAKOTA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
230 PM CDT THU JUN 18 2009
 
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..
 
0726 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 S CHARLES CITY        43.04N 92.68W
06/17/2009                   FLOYD              IA   BROADCAST MEDIA
 
            BRIEF FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED BY BROADCAST MEDIA
 
0726 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 E ROCKFORD            43.05N 92.91W
06/17/2009                   FLOYD              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0726 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 NE ROCKFORD           43.07N 92.92W
06/17/2009                   FLOYD              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD AT 190TH STREET
            AND GLASS AVENUE
 
0733 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     3 SE BLOOMING PRAIRIE   43.84N 93.01W
06/17/2009                   MOWER              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0733 PM     HAIL             1 S CLAREMONT           44.03N 93.00W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       DODGE              MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
            LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED DIME SIZE HAIL SOUTH OF
            CLAREMONT
 
0733 PM     HAIL             1 S CLAREMONT           44.03N 93.00W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       DODGE              MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
0737 PM     HAIL             BLOOMING PRAIRIE        43.87N 93.05W
06/17/2009  E3.00 INCH       DODGE              MN   BROADCAST MEDIA
 
0742 PM     HAIL             ELMA                    43.25N 92.44W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       HOWARD             IA   PUBLIC
 
            PEA TO DIME SIZE HAIL IN TOWN
 
0808 PM     HAIL             4 W BASSETT             43.06N 92.59W
06/17/2009  M1.00 INCH       FLOYD              IA   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
0808 PM     TORNADO          1 NW AUSTIN             43.68N 92.98W
06/17/2009                   MOWER              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
            LARGE TORNADO ON THE GROUND WITH DEBRIS ON THE NORTHWEST
            SIDE OF AUSTIN
 
0810 PM     TORNADO          AUSTIN                  43.67N 92.97W
06/17/2009                   MOWER              MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
            LARGE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE IN AUSTIN AND ESPECIALLY ON THE
            NORTH SIDE. MINOR INJURIES BEING REPORTED THUS FAR.
 
0820 PM     HAIL             LIME SPRINGS            43.45N 92.28W
06/17/2009  E1.00 INCH       HOWARD             IA   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0825 PM     TORNADO          4 NW NASHUA             42.99N 92.60W
06/17/2009                   FLOYD              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER
 
0827 PM     HAIL             2 E AUSTIN              43.67N 92.93W
06/17/2009  E1.50 INCH       MOWER              MN   PUBLIC
 
            RELAYED FROM MEDIA
 
0844 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     5 NW ADAMS              43.62N 92.79W
06/17/2009                   MOWER              MN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
 
0856 PM     HAIL             CLAREMONT               44.04N 93.00W
06/17/2009  E0.88 INCH       DODGE              MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
0857 PM     HAIL             3 NW LE ROY             43.54N 92.55W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       MOWER              MN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
 
0858 PM     HAIL             3 NW NEW HAMPTON        43.09N 92.36W
06/17/2009  E0.75 INCH       CHICKASAW          IA   PUBLIC
 
0913 PM     HAIL             3 NNW LE ROY            43.55N 92.53W
06/17/2009  E1.75 INCH       MOWER              MN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
 
 
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN ND/GRAND FORKS ND
513 PM CDT WED JUN 17 2009
 
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..
 
0508 PM     TORNADO          4 W NASHUA              46.04N 96.39W
06/17/2009                   WILKIN             MN   STORM CHASER
 
            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN REPORTED NEAR TRAVERSE COUNTY LINE.
 
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN ND/GRAND FORKS ND
526 PM CDT WED JUN 17 2009
 
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..
 
0440 PM     TORNADO          2 S DORAN               46.16N 96.49W
06/17/2009                   WILKIN             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
            PUBLIC REPORT OF A BRIEF TOUCHDOWN REPORTED TO SHERIFFS
            OFFICE.