Rogers Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Event: September 16, 2006

Very warm and muggy air for September arrived in Minnesota with gusty southerly winds. This, combined with cool Canadian air moving in from the northwest, triggered severe thunderstorms across central and southern Minnesota on Saturday, September 16th, 2006. A tornado hit Rogers at 9:58pm. 200 to 300 homes were damaged and 50 were destroyed. There was one fatality. See the report for the September 16, 2006 severe weather event by the National Weather Service. The total count for tornadoes for 2006 in Minnesota now stands at 22.

A preliminary local storm report summary from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen can be seen below.

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PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
744 AM CDT MON SEP 18 2006

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

0535 PM     HAIL             BENSON                  45.32N 95.61W 
09/16/2006  E1.25 INCH       SWIFT              MN   PUBLIC          

0710 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 S ECHO                44.59N 95.41W 
09/16/2006                   YELLOW MEDICINE    MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

0715 PM     HAIL             3 N BELVIEW             44.65N 95.33W 
09/16/2006  E0.88 INCH       REDWOOD            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0755 PM     HAIL             2 S ECHO                44.59N 95.41W 
09/16/2006  E0.88 INCH       YELLOW MEDICINE    MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

0845 PM     HAIL             SILVER LAKE             44.90N 94.20W 
09/16/2006  E0.75 INCH       MCLEOD             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

0847 PM     TSTM WND GST     REDWOOD FALLS           44.54N 95.11W 
09/16/2006  E59.00 MPH       REDWOOD            MN   ASOS            

            AT REDWOOD FALLS AIRPORT ON EAST SIDE OF TOWN.

0905 PM     TSTM WND DMG     DARWIN                  45.10N 94.40W 
09/16/2006                   MEEKER             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES DOWN

0929 PM     TSTM WND DMG     HOWARD LAKE             45.06N 94.07W 
09/16/2006                   WRIGHT             MN   AMATEUR RADIO   

            TREES DOWN.

0930 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 W SOUTH HAVEN         45.29N 94.24W 
09/16/2006                   WRIGHT             MN   AMATEUR RADIO   

            LARGE BRANCHES DOWN ALONG A 1 MILE STRETCH.

0945 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ROGERS                  45.19N 93.55W 
09/16/2006                   HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            2X4S AND OTHER DEBRIS. LARGE ROAD SIGN WRAPPED AROUND 
            POLE.

0955 PM     HAIL             1 SE ALBERTVILLE        45.23N 93.65W 
09/16/2006  E0.75 INCH       WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0958 PM     TORNADO          3 W ROGERS              45.19N 93.61W 
09/16/2006                   HENNEPIN           MN   NWS EMPLOYEE    

            NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT THE PATH LENGTH OF 
            THE F2 TORNADO WAS 8 MILES. FROM 3.5 MILES WEST OF 
            DOWNTOWN ROGERS TO THE CITY OF DAYTON...THEN CONTINUED 
            EAST ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO THE CITY OF RAMSEY. 
            THE TORNADO HAD A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. KSTP TV 
            REPORTED 200-300 HOMES DAMAGED...WITH 50 DETROYED. ONE 
            FATALITY ALSO REPORTED WITH STORM IN THE CITY OF ROGERS. 
            TIME OF TWISTER TOUCHDOWN INFERRED FROM RADAR.

1015 PM     HAIL             MONTICELLO              45.30N 93.80W 
09/16/2006  M0.75 INCH       WRIGHT             MN   AMATEUR RADIO   

            WRIGHT-HENNEPIN-ANOKA COUNTY BORDER

1015 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 SE ELK RIVER          45.28N 93.49W 
09/16/2006                   ANOKA              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            SEMI TRAILER BLOWN INTO POWER POLES.

1016 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 SE ELK RIVER          45.28N 93.49W 
09/16/2006                   ANOKA              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            WALL BLOWN OUT OF FURNATURE STORE NEAR U.S. HWY 10.

1029 PM     HAIL             CHAMPLIN                45.17N 93.39W 
09/16/2006  M0.75 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   AMATEUR RADIO   

            HENNEPIN-ANOKA-WRIGHT COUNTY BORDER

1030 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RAMSEY                  45.26N 93.45W 
09/16/2006                   ANOKA              MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN.

1040 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 NW WALDORF            43.96N 93.74W 
09/16/2006                   WASECA             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES DOWN.

1040 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 ENE ROGERS            45.21N 93.51W 
09/16/2006                   HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

1100 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 S OTSEGO              45.28N 93.61W 
09/16/2006                   WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            12X16 FOOT FARM OUT BUILDING BLOWN INTO DITCH. 

1130 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LUCK                    45.58N 92.47W 
09/16/2006                   POLK               WI   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES DOWN.

1140 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 N AMERY               45.32N 92.36W 
09/16/2006                   POLK               WI   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREES DOWN.

1201 AM     TSTM WND DMG     ALBERT LEA              43.66N 93.37W 
09/17/2006                   FREEBORN           MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            TREE BRANCH DOWN.
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