All right, I'm probably going to officially put the jinx on this one, but thus far through the summer season of 2009, there has not been a tornado warning or actual tornatic storm in the Newschannel 7 viewing area. By all means that is a good thing for everyone staying safe and sound, but we have had a handful of severe thunderstorms so far, including some large hail producing storms, a few wind damage reports and flooding rains way back in the middle of June. The same however cannot be said for folks in the southern third of the state.
First off last Friday a couple supercells spawned EF1 tornadoes in Layfette County, along with hail that grew to baseball size. Add to that flash flooding which produced a mudslide. Then on Monday a wave of low pressure pulled out of Minnesota and into south central Wisconsin. This time of year, when a low is tracking directly through, the odds are good for severe storms to come to life. Sure enough the late afternoon and early evening hours featured numerous tornado warnings, up to as many as 6 at one time from Grant County eastward into Fond du Lac and Washington Counties.
*Update* After tornado storm surveys by the NWS in La Crosse and Milwaukee, here's that was determined:
An EF1 Tornado with peak winds of 95 mph, struck near Montello in Marquette Co. and tracked northeast to near Dalton in Green Lake Co. The path of the twister was 9 miles and was as large as 100 yards wide. Mostly trees were damaged.
An EF1 Tornado with peak winds of 86 to 110 mph touched down near Fairview in Crawford Co. and tracked to just west of Soliders Grove. Damage included the destruction of farm buildings and trees in the area, accompanied by 1" diameter hail. This was the 1st confirmed tornado in Crawford Co. in 22 years.
An EF0 Tornado with peak winds of about 80 mph struck near Gratiot in Lafayette Co. The path of the twister was roughly 1/10 mile and a max width of 25 yards. 3 vehicles were damaged from falling trees, along with the roofs of a few barns.
So altogether there were 3 confirmed tornadoes that impacted the southern third of the state on Monday.
Closer to home, there was a storm that pushed through north central Adams County on Monday afternoon that produced a funnel cloud, along with some downed trees near Friendship and to the north and east of Adams. As the storms were edging toward Marquette County near I-39, there was a report of a funnel cloud near Brooks. This then lead to the first in the array of tornado warnings downstream into Westfield and Montello.
Another round of stormy weather is anticipated to roll in our direction for Thursday. I'm not saying our time may come for an outbreak of severe weather, but low pressure may be once again taking a track across the Badger State. Stay tuned!
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