Flooding in Central Minnesota: July 14, 2009


 

The thunderstorms that caused the severe weather and tornadoes in west central Minnesota were also efficient rainmakers. These storms dropped rainfall one to three inches in several bands across central Minnesota. The heaviest rain fell from southern Cass through southern Crow Wing and onto Aitkin County. The automated tipping bucket at the Brainerd Airport picked up 3.01 inches of rain in one hour from 4 to 5pm. The total rainfall from the storm at the Brainerd airport was 4.99 inches. The largest 24 hour total found so far from the MNgage volunteer rain gage network was a Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District observer near Pelican Lake that saw 4.97 inches. The National Weather Service Cooperative Station at Gull Lake in Cass County saw 4.41 inches. Another cluster of storms dumped heavy rain in the St. Cloud with 3.11 inches reported in nearby Sauk Rapids.

There were some evacuations of homes in Staples due to flooding in Todd County, and localized street flooding in St. Cloud. The most damage reported was in the Aitkin area with street flooding and a railroad track was washed out by the Ripple River.

National Weather Service radar-based rainfall estimates
Data used for map creation (comma-separated value file - UTM coordinates)

 

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
942 AM CDT WED JUL 15 2009

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

0415 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     4 NE BENSON             45.36N 95.55W
07/14/2009                   SWIFT              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0423 PM     TORNADO          4 SW GILCHRIST          45.41N 95.37W
07/14/2009                   POPE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SPOTTER REPORTED TORNADO ON THE GROUND

0436 PM     TORNADO          6 NNE SWIFT FALLS       45.49N 95.39W
07/14/2009                   POPE               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TORNADO REPORTED NEAR SCANDINAVIAN LAKE

0440 PM     TORNADO          SPICER                  45.23N 94.94W
07/14/2009                   KANDIYOHI          MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED A TORNADO ON THE GROUND IN
            SPICER WITH DEBRIS SEEN AT A LOCAL SHOPPING MALL.

0450 PM     TORNADO          3 NE SPICER             45.26N 94.89W
07/14/2009                   KANDIYOHI          MN   PUBLIC

            TORNADO TRACKED ACROSS GREEN LAKE

0508 PM     HAIL             5 SW EVANSVILLE         45.96N 95.75W
07/14/2009  M0.88 INCH       DOUGLAS            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0545 PM     FLASH FLOOD      STAPLES                 46.36N 94.80W
07/14/2009                   TODD               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            EVACUATIONS FOR HOMES ON 5TH ST. POWER SHUT OFF TO
            STAPLES HIGH RISE APTS ON 4TH ST.

0552 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 E RICHMOND            45.45N 94.48W
07/14/2009                   STEARNS            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0625 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 N ST CLOUD            45.58N 94.17W
07/14/2009                   STEARNS            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HAVE RECEIVED MULTIPLE REPORTS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS IN THE ST
            CLOUD AREA.

0630 PM     FLOOD            ST CLOUD                45.55N 94.17W
07/14/2009                   STEARNS            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            CO SHERIFF REPORTED LOCALIZED FLOODING PROBLEMS MAINLY
            URBAN AREAS IN STREETS

0635 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     4 WNW DUELM             45.58N 94.01W
07/14/2009                   BENTON             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SPOTTERS WERE NORTH OF DUELM LOOKING WEST.

0715 PM     HEAVY RAIN       ST JOSEPH               45.57N 94.32W
07/14/2009  M2.80 INCH       STEARNS            MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            RECIEVED 2.8 INCHES OF RAIN FROM AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS.


0731 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 N ST CLOUD            45.60N 94.18W
07/14/2009  M3.00 INCH       BENTON             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0825 PM     HAIL             4 SSW WARMAN            46.01N 93.33W
07/14/2009  M0.50 INCH       KANABEC            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER


&&
CORRECTED 635 PM CDT REPORT FROM 4 WNW DUELM TO INDICATE FUNNEL CLOUD
RATHER THAN FLASH FLOOD.
$$


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
346 AM CDT WED JUL 15 2009

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

0425 PM     HAIL             5 N PILLAGER            46.40N 94.48W
07/14/2009  M0.75 INCH       CASS               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SOME SMALL BRANCHES DOWN.

0435 PM     HAIL             3 E PILLAGER            46.33N 94.41W
07/14/2009  E1.75 INCH       CASS               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0435 PM     HAIL             N GULL LAKE             46.45N 94.35W
07/14/2009  M0.88 INCH       CASS               MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0440 PM     HAIL             BRAINERD                46.35N 94.19W
07/14/2009  M0.88 INCH       CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0456 PM     TSTM WND GST     BRAINERD                46.35N 94.19W
07/14/2009  M60.00 MPH       CROW WING          MN   ASOS

            MEASURED AT BRAINERD AIRPORT KBRD.

0515 PM     HEAVY RAIN       1 E MERRIFIELD          46.47N 94.15W
07/14/2009  M5.00 INCH       CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0515 PM     HAIL             1 E MERRIFIELD          46.47N 94.15W
07/14/2009  M1.75 INCH       CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0535 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW GRAND RAPIDS       47.18N 93.60W
07/14/2009  M2.75 INCH       ITASCA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            2.75 INCHES IN 2 HOURS.

0543 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 N MOTLEY              46.36N 94.64W
07/14/2009  M3.25 INCH       CASS               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            3.25 INCHES OF RAIN IN 2.5 HOURS

0545 PM     HEAVY RAIN       NISSWA                  46.50N 94.30W
07/14/2009  M4.00 INCH       CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            4 INCHES OF RAIN IN 2 HOURS.

0615 PM     HAIL             BRAINERD                46.35N 94.19W
07/14/2009  M0.75 INCH       CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HEAVY RAIN PRIOR TO HAIL CAUSING STREET FLOODING.

0715 PM     FLASH FLOOD      AITKIN                  46.53N 93.71W
07/14/2009                   AITKIN             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STREETS INUNDATED WITH STANDING WATER. LOW LYING AREAS
            FILLING AND ONE CITY BLOCK AFFECTED BY WATER IN... OR
            APPROACHING BUILDINGS.

0715 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 NE DEERWOOD           46.52N 93.82W
07/14/2009  M6.00 INCH       CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            6 INCHES OF RAIN IN 3 HOURS.

0815 PM     FLASH FLOOD      AITKIN                  46.53N 93.71W
07/14/2009                   AITKIN             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            RAIL ROAD TRACK WASHED OUT BY THE RIPPLE RIVER IN AITKIN.


0903 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 N PILLAGER            46.40N 94.48W
07/14/2009  M6.30 INCH       CASS               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0910 PM     TSTM WND GST     PORT WING               46.77N 91.39W
07/14/2009  M53.00 MPH       BAYFIELD           WI   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

0948 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 SW DANBURY            45.97N 92.43W
07/14/2009                   BURNETT            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEVERAL LARGE TREES BLOWN DOWN.




PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
0145 CDT TUE JUL 15 2009

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...


PRELIMINARY HEAVY RAIN TOTALS FROM TUESDAY JULY 14TH.

RAIN ACCUMULATION

6.30 INCHES8N PILLAGER

6.00 INCHES5NE DEER WOOD

5.00 INCHES 1S MERRIFIELD

4.20 INCHES5N BRAINERD

4.00 INCHES NISSWA

3.25 INCHES2N MOTLEY

2.75 INCHES 5SW GRAND RAPIDS

1.60 INCHESCLOQUET

1.42 INCHES             INTERNATIONAL FALLS

1.36 INCHES DULUTH AIRPORT

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