Heavy Rains and Severe Storms: June 20-21, 2013

Soggy fields at the U of M St. Paul Campus- June 21, 2013
Soggy Fields at the U of M St. Paul Campus- June 21, 2013
Photo credit: Minnesota State Climatology Office

 

Radar-based precipitation estimates the 24 hour period ending at 7am June 21, 2013
Radar-based precipitation estimates the 24 hour period ending at 7am June 21, 2013
Courtesy: National Weather Service

 

The active weather pattern continues with another round of thunderstorms over a large section of Minnesota from the evening of June 20th to the morning of June 21. This massive cluster of storms dropped a widespread swath of 1 to 2 inches of rain across central and northern Minnesota, and leaving broken branches and some flooding in parts of the state.

This latest round of precipitation began with severe storms and heavy rains over west central Minnesota during the day on June 20. A CoCoRaHS observer near Lake Park in western Becker County measured over three inches of rain in an hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on June 20 with a 24 hour total of 6.68 inches. The storms continued through the overnight hours and moved into the Twin Cities in the wee hours of June 21. The height of the storm was from roughly 3am to 5am across the Twin Cities Metro area. The highest 24 hour total found so far was 7.75 inches at Breezy Point in Crow Wing County. A volunteer observer with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation Network near Nisswa measured 6.14 inches of rain. Some roads were reported underwater in Todd County and flooded basements were reported in the Morris Area. 5.60 inches was measured at the University of Minnesota Morris weather station. The Twin Cities International Airport saw 1.95 inches of rain with 1.79 inches falling in three hours.

The trigger for the heavy rain and thunderstorms was a stationary front draped east to west over Minnesota. The thunderstorms developed along and north of this boundary and moved to the east and then turned southeast.

There were also numerous reports of wind damage across central Minnesota. One of the higher wind gusts reported was 85 mph at Benson in Swift County. 71mph was reported at Morris. There was also widespread reports of power outages across central Minnesota with Xcel Energy reporting 133,000 people without power at one time.

The massive area of thunderstorms maintained its strength and continued across Wisconsin and was approaching Chicago by lunch time on the 21st.

National Weather Service Summaries

Listed below are storm reports from the National Weather Service.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1255 PM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1205 PM     FLOOD            1 E BROWERVILLE         46.09N 94.85W
06/21/2013                   TODD               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            COUNTY RD 16 CLOSED DUE TO WATER COVERING.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1252 PM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0952 PM     TSTM WND DMG     EAGLE BEND              46.17N 95.03W
06/20/2013                   TODD               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREES AND LIMBS DOWN AROUND TOWN. POWER OUT.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1227 PM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1210 PM     FLOOD            GLENWOOD                45.65N 95.38W
06/21/2013                   POPE               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WATER COVERING ROAD AT 5TH STREET IN TOWN.

0145 AM     FLOOD            LONG PRAIRIE            45.98N 94.86W
06/21/2013                   TODD               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WATER COVERING 4TH STREET SOUTH OF TOWN.

0358 AM     FLOOD            2 N LONG PRAIRIE        46.01N 94.86W
06/21/2013                   TODD               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WATER COVING SOUTH BOUND LANE HIGHWAY 71.

0512 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LONG PRAIRIE            45.98N 94.86W
06/21/2013                   TODD               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            BUISNESS LOST ROOF IN TOWN.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1202 PM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0700 AM     HEAVY RAIN       MORRIS                  45.59N 95.91W
06/21/2013  M5.60 INCH       STEVENS            MN   CO-OP OBSERVER


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1126 AM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0434 AM     TSTM WND DMG     FARIBAULT               44.30N 93.27W
06/21/2013                   RICE               MN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            1 FOOT DIAMETER TREE BRANCH DOWN AT COURTHOUSE DOWNTOWN.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1124 AM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0330 AM     TSTM WND DMG     1 ESE MONTICELLO        45.30N 93.79W
06/21/2013                   WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREE 30 IN. IN DIAMETER DOWN. SMALLER BRANCHES FROM
            OTHER
            TREES ALSO DOWN.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1121 AM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0340 AM     TSTM WND DMG     5 SW ST PAUL            44.90N 93.18W
06/21/2013                   RAMSEY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            MANY TREES AND BRANCHES DOWN IN YARDS AND STREETS.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1116 AM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013


...LATEST RAINFALL REPORTS...

LOCATION                       AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON
GORDON                         6.54      0800 AM 06/21   46.24N/91.80W
WASHBURN RAWS                  5.16      1002 AM 06/21   46.64N/91.20W
2 NNW HOYT LAKES               5.13      1015 AM 06/21   47.54N/92.17W
BRAINERD 7NW                   3.76      0700 AM 06/21   46.42N/94.30W
BRAINERD                       3.51      0700 AM 06/21   46.40N/94.13W
4 ENE BRIMSON                  3.46      1039 AM 06/21   47.31N/91.80W
3 W WOODROW                    3.45      1006 AM 06/21   46.40N/94.13W
MN SANDSTONE 6 W               3.41      0700 AM 06/21   46.11N/92.99W
ISLE 12N                       3.36      0800 AM 06/21   46.32N/93.50W
CLAM LAKE 4W                   3.28      0630 AM 06/21   46.17N/90.98W
WINTER                         3.01      0900 AM 06/21   45.80N/90.99W
APOSTLE ISLANDS RAWS           3.00      1023 AM 06/21   46.93N/90.75W
SYLVAN DAM POWERPLANT          2.88      1030 AM 06/21   46.30N/94.38W
3 S ASHLAND                    2.85      0800 AM 06/21   46.55N/90.92W
DAM                            2.85      0800 AM 06/21   46.67N/94.12W
WRENSHALL                      2.81      0800 AM 06/21   46.62N/92.38W
7 ENE BRUNO                    2.74      0800 AM 06/21   46.28N/92.50W
BAYFIELD 9N                    2.69      0700 AM 06/21   46.94N/90.83W
BRAINERD                       2.61      0700 AM 06/21   46.34N/94.21W
4 ESE NAMEKAGON                2.59      1002 AM 06/21   46.20N/90.97W
ISABELLA 14W                   2.46      0900 AM 06/21   47.59N/91.65W
4 N HILL CITY                  2.45      1007 AM 06/21   47.04N/93.60W
HAYWARD                        2.41      0700 AM 06/21   46.03N/91.44W
1 SE MISSION                   2.23      0945 AM 06/21   46.57N/94.03W
LUTSEN                         2.20      0945 AM 06/21   47.64N/90.71W
GLIDDEN RAWS                   2.13      1000 AM 06/21   46.14N/90.59W
2 N TWO HARBORS                2.09      0700 AM 06/21   47.07N/91.68W
7 WSW CABLE                    2.02      0600 AM 06/21   46.13N/91.40W
ASHLAND AIRPORT                2.02      0700 AM 06/21   46.55N/90.92W
FERNBERG  RAWS                 1.99      1013 AM 06/21   47.95N/91.50W
VIRGINIA                       1.85      0849 AM 06/21   47.52N/92.55W
WRIGHT 3E                      1.84      0600 AM 06/21   46.68N/92.95W
1 SSE BABBITT                  1.82      1000 AM 06/21   47.62N/91.93W
DULUTH                         1.81      0700 AM 06/21   46.84N/92.21W
BAYFIELD 1 SW WWTP             1.76      0800 AM 06/21   46.80N/90.84W
UPSON                          1.67      0800 AM 06/21   46.37N/90.41W
3 N BUTTERNUT                  1.65      0600 AM 06/21   46.05N/90.53W
DULUTH NWS                     1.65      0700 AM 06/21   46.84N/92.21W
RICE LAKE N.W.R.               1.63      0852 AM 06/21   46.54N/93.29W
ASHLAND                        1.57      0700 AM 06/21   46.58N/90.88W
MISSISSIPPI RIVER              1.42      1030 AM 06/21   46.54N/93.71W
CHISHOLM-HIBBING AIRPORT       1.27      0700 AM 06/21   47.39N/92.84W
5 E HIBBING                    1.25      1007 AM 06/21   47.39N/92.83W
LIBBY                          1.18      1000 AM 06/21   46.79N/93.32W
WOLF RIDGE ENVIRON LEARNING CE 1.16      0700 AM 06/21   47.45N/91.22W
12 ENE FIFIELD                 1.14      1047 AM 06/21   45.93N/90.18W
MISS RIVER AT WILLOW BEACH     1.06      1015 AM 06/21   47.30N/93.90W
GRAND RAPIDS 12N               1.02      0630 AM 06/21   47.40N/93.51W
VERMILLION RIVER               1.00      1030 AM 06/21   48.26N/92.57W
SOUTH FORK KAWISHIWI RIVER     0.96      1030 AM 06/21   47.84N/91.70W
GRAND MARIAS                   0.95      0800 AM 06/21   47.73N/90.35W
3 S TOWER                      0.92      0730 AM 06/21   47.76N/92.29W
MADELINE ISLAND                0.91      0638 AM 06/21   46.78N/90.77W
17 E BUYCK                     0.89      1004 AM 06/21   48.12N/92.16W
THE BAY OF GRAND MARAIS        0.88      0700 AM 06/21   47.75N/90.34W
1 W CASS LAKE                  0.79      1001 AM 06/21   47.38N/94.61W
BABBITT                        0.77      0700 AM 06/21   47.71N/91.95W
CASS LAKE                      0.75      0800 AM 06/21   47.38N/94.61W
5 S ELY                        0.74      1004 AM 06/21   47.83N/91.84W
EMBARASS                       0.74      0600 AM 06/21   47.66N/92.20W
2 NNE BIGFORK                  0.72      1007 AM 06/21   47.78N/93.65W
MISSISSIPPI RVR                0.70      1000 AM 06/21   47.23N/93.53W
LEECH LAKE RIVER NEAR BALL CLU 0.58      1000 AM 06/21   47.27N/93.95W
DIXON LAKE                     0.49      0840 AM 06/21   47.57N/94.22W
4 SW ORR                       0.42      1008 AM 06/21   48.02N/92.86W
KABETOGAMA GENERAL STORE       0.39      0700 AM 06/21   48.41N/93.05W
 LITTLEFORK RAWS               0.31      1008 AM 06/21   48.39N/93.56W
ORR 3E                         0.31      0600 AM 06/21   48.06N/92.75W
5 SW FEDERAL DAM               0.19      1000 AM 06/21   47.17N/94.29W
INTERNATIONAL FALLS            0.16      0700 AM 06/21   48.57N/93.40W
3 W INDUS                      0.14      0800 AM 06/21   48.62N/93.90W
5 ENE WILKINSON                0.11      1015 AM 06/21   47.30N/94.54W
PIGEON RIVER AT MIDDLE FALLS   0.02      0700 AM 06/21   48.01N/89.62W


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1108 AM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0745 AM     HEAVY RAIN       15 NE CABLE             46.35N 91.08W
06/21/2013  E3.44 INCH       BAYFIELD           WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HOUR TOTAL.

0745 AM     HEAVY RAIN       SANDSTONE               46.13N 92.86W
06/21/2013  M4.50 INCH       PINE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 S HERBSTER            46.76N 91.26W
06/21/2013  M2.80 INCH       BAYFIELD           WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            EVENT TOTAL. 0.5 INCHES SINCE 8 PM.

0903 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 NW TWO HARBORS        47.08N 91.75W
06/21/2013  M1.90 INCH       LAKE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HOUR TOTAL.

0903 AM     HEAVY RAIN       AURORA                  47.53N 92.24W
06/21/2013  M4.41 INCH       ST. LOUIS          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 800 AM.

0913 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 SW HAYWARD            45.99N 91.51W
06/21/2013  M3.50 INCH       SAWYER             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SINCE 330 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

1014 AM     HEAVY RAIN       HAWTHORNE               46.50N 91.86W
06/21/2013  M1.50 INCH       DOUGLAS            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SINCE 3 AM.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1057 AM CDT FRI JUN 21 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0415 AM     TSTM WND DMG     4 NE MANKATO            44.21N 93.93W
06/21/2013                   BLUE EARTH         MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            20 INCH DIAMETER TREE SNAPPED OFF ROUGHLY SIX FEET ABOVE
            THE GROUND
Last modified: April 24, 2015
Pete Boulay, DNR Climatologist

 

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