Severe storms and tornadoes struck northern and central Minnesota, causing damage and injuries.
On the morning of June 19, 2016 a low pressure area was centered over western North Dakota with an associated cold front. This front moved to the east into western Minnesota by the afternoon hours, drawing up warm muggy air out ahead of it and set the stage for a widespread severe storm outbreak in Minnesota.
The severe storm event began in the morning hours in northwest Minnesota, as a cluster of storms moved eastward across Northwest Minnesota. Tennis ball-sized hail fell nine miles southwest of Baudette in Lake of the Woods County.
Dew point temperatures surged into the 70s during the afternoon of June 19 with a 73 degree dew point temperature in the Twin Cities. The Twin Cities also saw it's fourth 90 plus air temperature for the summer.
Intense storms redeveloped in the evening hours over northwestern and central Minnesota and moved east. There were tornado reports in Cass, Itasca and Wadena Counties. The National Weather Service is conducting a survey of damaged areas.
Northern Minnesota was hard hit. There were trees down in Carlton, St. Louis, Itasca, Lake and Cook Counties. There were injuries in several locations in the Boundary Waters Canoe area Wilderness. Three members of one group on Crooked Lake in Lake County were injured as lightning hit a nearby stand of trees. None of the injuries were life threatening. Farther east in Cook County one man was injured by a falling tree at Clove Lake. Tragically, one man lost his life by a falling tree at Duncan Lake, another person sustained injuries.
One tornado 4 miles northeast of Jacobson in Itasca County caused damage to a home and outbuildings.
In central Minnesota, there were numerous trees down in the Deerwood area of Crow Wing County. Trees fell on some mobile homes and cabins in Crow Wing County as well. There was an injury with trees trapping a family inside their home 6 miles southeast of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Center. After midnight, the severe storms moved eastward over Wisconsin, Canada and Lake Superior.
In the wake of the cold front on June 20, cooler and drier Canadian air rushed in across the state on gusty NW winds up to 30mph in some places. Flag Island had a wind gust of 40mph at Noon, June 20.
National Weather Service Storm Summaries
Below is a list of Local Storm Reports and Public Information Statements gathered by the National Weather Service
Public Information Statement...UPDATED National Weather Service Duluth MN 921 PM CDT MON JUN 20 2016 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR JUNE 19 2016 TORNADO EVENT.... UPDATE #1... .Tornado #1 near Jacobson, MN.. Rating: EF-1 Estimated peak wind: Undetermined Path length /Statute/: 8 miles Path width /Maximum/: 440 yards/One-quarter mile Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: JUNE 19 2016 Start time: 6:49 PM CDT Start location: 2 miles northeast Jacobson Start Lat/Lon: 47.02, -93.24 End date: JUNE 19 2016 End time: 6:59 PM CDT End Location: 2 miles east southeast of Wawina End lat/lon: 47.05, -93.08 Preliminary summary: Tornado damaged several structures approximately 3.5 miles northeast of Jacobson. Damage to structures rated EF-0. Tornado continued east northeast through forested area and intensified to EF-1. Tornado eventually crossed US-2 before dissipating. Several videos and photographs of this tornado have been reported. .Tornado #2 near Zim, MN... Rating: EF-0 Preliminary Estimated peak wind: Undetermined Path length /Statute/: 9 miles Path width /Maximum/: Undetermined Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: JUNE 19 2016 Start time: 7:05 PM CDT Start location: 6 miles west-southwest of Zim, MN End date: JUNE 19 2016 End time: 7:19 PM CDT End Location: 3 miles east-southeast of Zim, MN Preliminary summary: Aerial survey found sporadic tornado damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado. There appeared to be minor roof damage to a structure in the Casco vicinity. .Tornado #3 southwest Cass County... Rating: Undetermined Estimated peak wind: Undetermined Path length /Statute/: 4 miles (approximate) Path width /Maximum/: Unknown Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: JUNE 19 2016 Start time: Undetermined Start location: Undetermined End date: JUNE 19 2016 End time: Undetermined End Location: Undetermined Information for this tornado is based on preliminary storm reports. EF SCALE: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories. EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph EF1...Weak......86 tO 110 mph EF2...Strong....111 To 135 mph EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph EF5...Violent...>200 mph .Thunderstorm wind damage in Southern Cass, Crow Wing, and Aitkin Counties... Peak wind Estimated greater than 75 mph Fatalities: 0 Injuries: At least 1 Start date: JUNE 19 2016 Start time: Unknown Start location: Unknown End date: JUNE 19 2016 End time: Unknown End location: Unknown Preliminary NWS Storm Survey has been completed and forecasters will continue to review the information collected tomorrow. Damage was widespread and varied in nature across the affected areas. NOTE: The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data. PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN 124 AM CDT MON JUN 20 2016 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0600 PM HAIL 7 NE COHASSET 47.34N 93.51W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH ITASCA MN AMATEUR RADIO 0622 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 5 E LEADER 46.50N 94.55W 06/19/2016 CASS MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0622 PM HAIL PENGILLY 47.33N 93.20W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH ITASCA MN AMATEUR RADIO 0630 PM HAIL 5 E LEADER 46.52N 94.54W 06/19/2016 M1.75 INCH CASS MN AMATEUR RADIO 0630 PM TORNADO 8 NNE STAPLES 46.47N 94.74W 06/19/2016 CASS MN LAW ENFORCEMENT 0634 PM HAIL 1 N PINE RIVER 46.74N 94.40W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH CASS MN TRAINED SPOTTER NICKEL TO QUARTER SIZED HAIL. 0640 PM HAIL 2 W BREEZY POINT 46.60N 94.26W 06/19/2016 M2.50 INCH CROW WING MN PUBLIC 0640 PM HAIL 3 N NISSWA 46.54N 94.30W 06/19/2016 M2.75 INCH CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0642 PM HAIL LAKE SHORE 46.50N 94.36W 06/19/2016 M2.75 INCH CASS MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0647 PM HAIL 4 S BREEZY POINT 46.54N 94.22W 06/19/2016 M2.75 INCH CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0647 PM TORNADO 2 NNE JACOBSON 47.03N 93.25W 06/19/2016 ITASCA MN TRAINED SPOTTER TIME ESTIMATED BY RADAR. DEBRIS IS SEEN BEING LOFTED IN THE AIR FROM PHOTO. 0647 PM HAIL NISSWA 46.50N 94.30W 06/19/2016 M3.00 INCH CROW WING MN AMATEUR RADIO 0648 PM HAIL 5 E NISSWA 46.50N 94.19W 06/19/2016 M2.75 INCH CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0650 PM HAIL 4 NE NISSWA 46.54N 94.24W 06/19/2016 M4.00 INCH CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER OBSERVER ESTIMATED 70MPH WINDS. 0650 PM HAIL 7 S CROSSLAKE 46.58N 94.09W 06/19/2016 M1.75 INCH CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0651 PM TORNADO 4 NE JACOBSON 47.03N 93.20W 06/19/2016 ITASCA MN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUR OUTBUILDINGS DESTROYED WITH LOSS OF MACHINERY. MAJOR DAMAGE TO RESIDENCE AND ATTACHED GARAGE. 0652 PM HAIL LAKE HUBERT 46.50N 94.26W 06/19/2016 M1.75 INCH CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0654 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 3 S NISSWA 46.45N 94.30W 06/19/2016 CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0707 PM FUNNEL CLOUD CROSBY 46.49N 93.96W 06/19/2016 CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0711 PM TSTM WND DMG 6 SE CUYUNA COUNTRY STA 46.43N 93.92W 06/19/2016 CROW WING MN LAW ENFORCEMENT *** 1 INJ *** LARGE TREE FELL ON HOME AND RESIDENTS WERE TRAPPED NEEDED TO BE EXTRICATED. MINOR INJURIES. 0715 PM TSTM WND DMG 5 E WOODROW 46.38N 93.97W 06/19/2016 CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER MULTIPLE LARGE TREES DOWN 0715 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 SSE DEERWOOD 46.43N 93.87W 06/19/2016 CROW WING MN TRAINED SPOTTER NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ALONG MN-6 ALONG A 1 TO 2 MILE STRETCH. TIME EST FROM RADAR. 0715 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 SSE DEERWOOD 46.43N 93.88W 06/19/2016 CROW WING MN EMERGENCY MNGR REPORTS OF SEVERAL CABINS DAMAGED BY DOWNED TREES AROUND THE PLACID LAKE AREA. 0716 PM HAIL AITKIN 46.53N 93.71W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH AITKIN MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0723 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 5 NW WEALTHWOOD 46.42N 93.73W 06/19/2016 AITKIN MN PUBLIC PUBLIC REPORT OF FUNNEL CLOUD S OF CR-28 AND E OF MN-210. TIME EST FROM RADAR. 0743 PM TSTM WND DMG GOODLAND 47.16N 93.14W 06/19/2016 ITASCA MN AMATEUR RADIO 6 TO 8 INCH DIAMETER TREE DOWN. TIME ESTIMATED BY RADAR. 0753 PM HAIL SWAN RIVER 47.09N 93.20W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH ITASCA MN AMATEUR RADIO 0754 PM HAIL 4 N SWAN RIVER 47.14N 93.20W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH ITASCA MN AMATEUR RADIO 0813 PM TSTM WND DMG WILLOW RIVER 46.32N 92.84W 06/19/2016 PINE MN TRAINED SPOTTER 3 TO 4 INCH DIAMETER TREES SNAPPED OFF. TIME EST FROM RADAR. 0825 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG 4 NW ESKO 46.75N 92.42W 06/19/2016 CARLTON MN TRAINED SPOTTER 3 CEDAR TREES BLOWN DOWN, ONE 18 INCH DIAMETER. 0829 PM NON-TSTM WND DMG SAWYER 46.67N 92.63W 06/19/2016 CARLTON MN TRAINED SPOTTER 10 INCH TREE SNAPPED 4.5 FEET ABOVE GROUND. 0838 PM HAIL MEADOWLANDS 47.07N 92.73W 06/19/2016 M1.25 INCH ST. LOUIS MN TRAINED SPOTTER LARGEST HAIL WAS HALF DOLLAR SIZED WITH SOME QUARTERS. 0904 PM TSTM WND DMG SUPERIOR 46.70N 92.06W 06/19/2016 DOUGLAS WI PUBLIC LARGE TREE BLOWN DOWN IN EAST END OF SUPERIOR. 0910 PM HAIL 2 W CARLTON 46.66N 92.47W 06/19/2016 E1.75 INCH CARLTON MN TRAINED SPOTTER HALF DOLLAR SIZED HAIL COVERING THE GROUND WITH MANY GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL STONES 0915 PM HAIL 1 S SOLON SPRINGS 46.33N 91.82W 06/19/2016 M0.75 INCH DOUGLAS WI TRAINED SPOTTER 0915 PM TSTM WND GST 2 S SOLON SPRINGS 46.31N 91.82W 06/19/2016 M68.00 MPH DOUGLAS WI AWOS SOLON SPRINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 0919 PM HAIL 1 NE GORDON 46.26N 91.78W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH DOUGLAS WI TRAINED SPOTTER GROUND COVERED WITH HAIL. ESTIMATES LARGEST HAIL SIZE OF QUARTERS. 0928 PM HAIL 2 SE CARLTON 46.64N 92.39W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH CARLTON MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0935 PM HAIL GARY NEW DULUTH 46.68N 92.21W 06/19/2016 M0.75 INCH ST. LOUIS MN TRAINED SPOTTER DIME SIZE HAIL. 0959 PM TSTM WND DMG WILLOW RIVER 46.32N 92.84W 06/19/2016 PINE MN TRAINED SPOTTER 30-40 TREES DOWN AROUND TOWN. MOST UPROOTED. SOME BROKEN 15-20 FT AGL. TIME EST FROM RADAR. 1043 PM HAIL NNW HINCKLEY 46.02N 92.94W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH PINE MN TRAINED SPOTTER 1045 PM HAIL 3 E HINCKLEY 46.01N 92.88W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH PINE MN TRAINED SPOTTER ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0350 AM HAIL LEEDS 48.29N 99.44W 06/19/2016 M1.50 INCH BENSON ND BROADCAST MEDIA QUARTER TO PING POING BALL SIZED HAIL FELL FOR A COUPLE MINUTES. REPORT AND PHOTO VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. TIME ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR. 0422 AM HAIL WEBSTER 48.28N 98.88W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH RAMSEY ND BROADCAST MEDIA REPORT POSTED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. TIME ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR. 0430 AM HAIL 14 SW EDMORE 48.27N 98.67W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH RAMSEY ND PUBLIC MOSTLY PEA SIZED HAIL WITH A FEW QUARTER SIZED HAIL. TIME ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR. 0449 AM HAIL 2 S ADAMS 48.39N 98.07W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH WALSH ND PUBLIC 1.50 INCHES OF RAIN AND A LOT OF QUARTER SIZE HAILS 0500 AM HAIL LANKIN 48.31N 97.92W 06/19/2016 E0.75 INCH WALSH ND BROADCAST MEDIA DIME SIZE HAIL. 0510 AM HAIL 5 E PARK RIVER 48.39N 97.64W 06/19/2016 E1.25 INCH WALSH ND PUBLIC VERY HEAVY RAIN AND NUMEROUS NICKLE TO HALF DOLLAR SIZED HAIL. 0515 AM HAIL 10 W GRAFTON 48.41N 97.62W 06/19/2016 E0.25 INCH WALSH ND EMERGENCY MNGR PEA SIZE HAIL WITH 1.30 INCHES RAIN. 0555 AM HAIL 2 SW ARGYLE 48.32N 96.85W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH MARSHALL MN TRAINED SPOTTER DIME TO QUARTER SIZED HAIL. 0630 AM HAIL 1 NNW HOLT 48.31N 96.20W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH MARSHALL MN PUBLIC VERY HEAVY RAIN WITH DIME TO QUARTER SIZED HAIL. 0647 AM HAIL 3 E GATZKE 48.42N 95.72W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH MARSHALL MN PUBLIC 0720 AM HAIL 6 E WANNASKA 48.66N 95.60W 06/19/2016 E1.50 INCH ROSEAU MN PUBLIC THREE WAVES OF LARGE HAIL OCCURRED BETWEEN 720 AND 725 AM CDT. 0815 AM HAIL 9 SW BAUDETTE 48.62N 94.73W 06/19/2016 E2.50 INCH LAKE OF THE WOODS MN PUBLIC HAIL FROM TENNIS BALL SIZE ON DOWN ACROSS NORTHERN BOON TOWNSHIP. HAIL LASTED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES. TIME ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR. 0823 AM HAIL 1 E BAUDETTE 48.71N 94.57W 06/19/2016 E0.75 INCH LAKE OF THE WOODS MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0827 AM HAIL 10 SE BAUDETTE 48.61N 94.43W 06/19/2016 E1.75 INCH LAKE OF THE WOODS MN PUBLIC NICKEL TO GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL COVERED THE GROUND ACROSS NORTHERN RAPID RIVER TOWNSHIP. HAIL FELL FROM 825 TO ABOUT 830 AM CDT. AFTERNOON STORMS 0545 PM HAIL 6 S CARIBOU 48.90N 96.45W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH KITTSON MN PUBLIC 0551 PM HAIL WADENA 46.44N 95.13W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH WADENA MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0612 PM HAIL 9 NNE ALDRICH 46.49N 94.87W 06/19/2016 E1.75 INCH WADENA MN EMERGENCY MNGR LARGE HAIL ACROSS SOUTHWEST BULLARD TOWNSHIP. 0615 PM HAIL 6 N ROSEAU 48.93N 95.76W 06/19/2016 E1.50 INCH ROSEAU MN PUBLIC 0615 PM HAIL 11 NNE ALDRICH 46.52N 94.85W 06/19/2016 E2.75 INCH WADENA MN LAW ENFORCEMENT 0625 PM HAIL 9 N STAPLES AIRPORT 46.51N 94.81W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH WADENA MN PUBLIC A FEW MINUTES OF DIME TO QUATER SIZED HAIL. 0629 PM TORNADO 8 N STAPLES AIRPORT 46.50N 94.81W 06/19/2016 WADENA MN EMERGENCY MNGR BRIEF TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED IN AN OPEN FIELD NEAR THE CASS COUNTY LINE AND APPEARED TO MOVE INTO CASS COUNTY BEFORE LIFTING. 0640 PM HAIL 4 N WARROAD 48.97N 95.32W 06/19/2016 E1.00 INCH ROSEAU MN PUBLIC 0640 PM HAIL 2 N WARROAD 48.94N 95.32W 06/19/2016 E2.75 INCH ROSEAU MN PUBLIC REPORT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. 0640 PM HAIL 1 N WARROAD 48.92N 95.32W 06/19/2016 E1.75 INCH ROSEAU MN PUBLIC PHOTO FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 0640 PM HAIL 4 N WARROAD 48.97N 95.32W 06/19/2016 M1.00 INCH ROSEAU MN PUBLIC 0655 PM HAIL ARNESEN 48.96N 95.07W 06/19/2016 E1.75 INCH LAKE OF THE WOODS MN PUBLIC THE HAIL FELL AT THE ROCKY POINT RESORT ON THE LAKE OF THE WOODS.