"Redneck Ice Fishing."
Brainerd and Alexandria Lakes Area:
Saturday: Periods of rain. Temperatures: 43-54 F. Winds: N 10-20. Barometer: steady.
Sunday: Mix of clouds and sun. Temperatures: 42-61 F. Winds: NE 10-20. Barometer: rising.
.22" rain predicted for Saturday and Saturday night.
Sunday: nicer day of the weekend (by far).
EF-1: strength of the tornado that hit the St. Michael area Tuesday evening (details below).
$4 billion: early estimates of flood damage from the Mississippi River flooding.
"The tornado touched down just east of the intersection of County Roads 34 and
120 and tracked north-northeast for 3.1 miles. The only time it deviated from this
track was toward the end of its existence, when it made a slight turn toward the
north-northwest and intensified. After hitting the house, it turned back toward the
north-northeast and quickly dissipated. The tornado was narrow, only 75 feet wide
at most, and it was often narrower than 75 feet.
Most eyewitnesses did not realize there was a tornado, because they did not see
the debris swirling at ground level and the funnel did not extend all the way to the
ground. It turns out that the condensation funnel only extended downward for some
distance, then it appeared like there was nothing, then the debris at the surface.
However, the violently rotating wind made it all the way to the ground but there
was not enough humidity in the few thousand feet above the ground to condense
and create the cloud that makes the tornado visible."
% of state in exceptional drought:
- Texas: 47.5%
- Oklahoma: 15.1%
- Louisiana: 11.2%
- Kansas: 0.2%
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