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Mark Anthony

Severe weather had its way last week

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Last week, of course, was Severe Weather Awareness week in the state of Minnesota. We certainly have had our share of severe weather already this season. More severe weather was reported around the state on Saturday.

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Across Greater Minnesota severe weather was noted in t Chokio in Stevens County where .88" hail was reported.

Then a tornado was reported Saturday afternoon four miles east of Milan in Chippewa County. A barn and a grain bin were damaged as a result of this storm.

There were also reports of funnel clouds and large hail in Swift County.

In Douglas County large hail was reported in the Brandon area and a tornado was reported near Farwell. No major damage was reported.

In parts of southern Minnesota, a tornado was reported six miles northeast of Walnut Grove in Redwood County. Also, a funnel cloud was spotted 10 miles south of Redwood Falls and near the Clara City area. Thankfully, no major damage was reported here either.

Again, all of this serves as a reminder to get your family ready as the severe weather season has started early and has many months to go. Have a plan for your family and your place of work so that you know where to go in the event of severe weather!

Showers and isolated thunderstorms are again possible Tuesday into Wednesday and again on Friday.

Have a great rest of the week!

Weather history

On this date in 1996 parts of northern Minnesota were dealing with heavy snow. Nearly 10 inches of snow fell at Baudette! Meanwhile, the International Falls airport closed for only the second time in history.

Weather fact

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. You should stay alert to TV and radio for the latest weather info.

A severe thunderstorm warning, on the other hand, means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on doppler radar information.

Minnesota at a glance

Moorhead: Low 49; High 71.

Duluth: Low 42; High 67.

Park Rapids: Low 50; High 71.

Twin Cities: Low 53; High 74.

Rochester: Low 49; High 74.

Marshall: Low 53; High 78.

Wednesday

Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. High 71; Low 38. Winds: SW/NW 10-20 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.20." Sunrise: 6:17 a.m. Sunset: 8:22 p.m. Normal high: 60; Normal low: 37.

An area of low pressure will push through that will bring some showers and isolated thunderstorms to the state. Drier air should return by Thursday before another disturbance arrives for Friday.

Thursday

Partly cloudy and cooler. High 58; Low 39. Winds: N 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None.

Friday

Increasing cloudiness, chance of showers/isolated thunderstorms. High 53; Low 37. Winds: E/SE 10-20 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.20."

Saturday

Partly cloudy, 40 percent chance of rain. High 53; Low 36. Winds: SW 10-20 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.20."

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