Tornado season got off to an early start this year with the first confirmed tornado sighting in St. Leo. A weak tornado was confirmed on Monday March 31st. A few farmsteads sustained damaged. There were no injuries or fatalities.
The tornado spawned ahead of an intense low pressure centered over extereme southeastern South Dakota. A strong, narrow line of storms formed quickly over the Minnesota/South Dakota border around the 3 pm hour and moved north-northeast. The tornado itself spawned around the 4 o'clock hour.
Tornadoes have occurred in March in the past, but are rare. Below is some interesting tornado statistics fort he month of March.
Tornado reports courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center:
|2048||3 N MINNEOTA||LYON||MN||4461||9597||STRUCTURAL DAMAGE|
|2108||3 SE ST LEO||YELLOW MEDICINE||MN||4469||9601||STRUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED WITH PROBABLE TORNADO SOUTHEAST OF ST LEO. TIME ESTIMATED.|
|2110||2 ESE ST LEO||YELLOW MEDICINE||MN||4471||9602||DAMAGE REPORTED ... EXTENT UNKNOWN. TIME ESTIMATED.|