A deep area of low pressure was centered over West Central Minnesota around noon. A wedge of cold dry air wrapping around the low reached the Twin Cities around noon. This, combined with a frontal passage was marked by a strong, but brief gust of wind. The highest wind gust reported in the Twin Cities metro area was 60 mph at the St. Paul Airport, just east of downtown St. Paul. There were scattered reports of damage in eastern and southeastern Minnesota. In addition to the wind, the temperature dropped seven degrees in about 30 minutes at the U of M St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory from roughly 11am to 11:30am.
Below is a Local Storm Report courtesy the Chanhassen National Weather Service.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 106 PM CST THU NOV 06 2008 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0958 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 SW STEELE CENTER 43.91N 93.23W 11/06/2008 M50.00 MPH STEELE MN MESONET MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR ON I-35 AT MILE POST 30. 1035 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG FARIBAULT 44.30N 93.27W 11/06/2008 RICE MN TRAINED SPOTTER SCATTERED TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN. 1047 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 2 W NEW PRAGUE 44.55N 93.61W 11/06/2008 M49.00 MPH SCOTT MN MESONET MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR ON MN-19. 1052 AM NON-TSTM WND GST STANTON 44.47N 93.02W 11/06/2008 M63.00 MPH GOODHUE MN MESONET MEASURED AT STANTON AIRFIELD. 1126 AM NON-TSTM WND GST EDEN PRAIRIE 44.85N 93.46W 11/06/2008 M50.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN MESONET MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR AT INTERSECTION OF I-494 AND HWY 5. 1130 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 N EDEN PRAIRIE 44.89N 93.45W 11/06/2008 HENNEPIN MN PUBLIC TREES DOWN AND TOWNHOMES DAMAGED NEAR BAKER ROAD AND HWY 62. 1131 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 2 SE ST PAUL 44.93N 93.08W 11/06/2008 M52.00 MPH DAKOTA MN MESONET 52 MPH WIND GUST RECORDED AT HUMBOLDT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. 1134 AM NON-TSTM WND GST ST PAUL 44.95N 93.10W 11/06/2008 M60.00 MPH RAMSEY MN ASOS 52 KT GUST RECORDED AT ST PAUL HOLMAN FIELD. 1140 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG MAPLE GROVE 45.11N 93.46W 11/06/2008 HENNEPIN MN LAW ENFORCEMENT TELEPHONE POLES DOWN. 1140 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG BROOKLYN PARK 45.11N 93.35W 11/06/2008 HENNEPIN MN LAW ENFORCEMENT ROOF COLLAPSE REPORTED IN VICINITY OF 85TH AND HWY 252. 1150 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 SW SCANDIA 45.21N 92.85W 11/06/2008 WASHINGTON MN TRAINED SPOTTER 1 1/2 FT DIAMETER OAK TREE DOWN ALONG EAST BAY OF BIG MARINE LAKE.