Tornado of March 31, 2014

Tornado Touchdown Location

Map of Tornado Touchdown Location
Courtesy: National Weather Service

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.

Here is a video of the tornado taken between the towns of Minneota and St. Leo, courtesy of the Lyon County Office of Emergency Management.

Here is a video of the damage surveyed.

 

Tornado reports courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center:

Tornado Reports
Time   Location County State Lat Lon Comments
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.

 

Last modified: May 12, 2014

by Brandon Fudali, Climatology Volunteer
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