National Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 9 – 13, 2018 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. More information on Severe Weather Awareness Week activities in Minnesota can be obtained from the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


The annual Tornado Drill is scheduled for today and we have a very significant storm moving our way.  With this storm in mind and the potential for a few thunderstorms this evening, we will not be  participating in the drill this evening.  We will still send out the test warning this afternoon, but not this evening.  Please inform all those, including the media, of our intentions.  I hope you understand our concerns about the evening drill.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks!

Weather Week Presentation

Tornado Watch/Warning Drills – Thursday, April 12

The National Weather Service, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state, county and local agencies have come together to host Severe Weather Awareness Week activities. On Thursday, April 12th, simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems. The schedule for April 12th is as follows:

  • 1:00 PM:  The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch for Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • 1:45 PM:  The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota counties.   Murray County will activate outdoor warning siren systems.
  • 6:55 PM:  The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota Counties (THIS IS NOW CANCELLED FOR 2018)
UPDATED NOTICE:   From the National Weather Service Warning Coordination Office.  Due to the very significant storm moving our way today, April 12th, there will not be a second simulated tornado warning issued for this evening at 6:55 p.m.   There is  real storm that is moving our way does have the potential for a few thunderstorms this evening and so we will not be participating in the DRILL.   We will still be participating in the afternoon test of the warning system, only the one this evening is canceled.

Be aware of severe weather as it can happen very quickly.    Be prepared and stay safe this spring and summer season.

CODERED – Weather Warning


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Spring Weather History

Chandler Tornado - June 16, 1993

Chandler – Lake Wilson Tornado – June 16, 1992

June 16, 1992 marks the day a devastating tornado ravaged portions of southwest Minnesota. Commonly referred as the Chandler-Lake Wilson tornado, this tornado destroyed more than 75 homes with another 90 homes, 10 businesses, a church and school damaged. The tornado caused over $50 million in property damage, resulting in more than 40 injuries and one fatality. Based on a detailed damage assessment by the National Weather Service, it is estimated this F5 tornado packed winds in excess of 260 mph as it tore through the residential area of Chandler Minnesota. This was the only F5 tornado to occur in the United States in 1992.

Picture of the Chandler-Lake Wilson Tornado, taken southeast of Leota, Minnesota.  Picture courtesy of Gary Baker.

More photos and History of Chandler- Lake Wilson Tornado


Tracy Tornado Tracy Tornado – June 13, 1968

The 1968 Tracy tornado was an F5 tornado that struck Tracy, Minnesota on June 13, 1968. The tornado killed nine people and injured 150 others as it tracked 9 miles (14 km) through Murray, Lyon and Redwood counties in southwestern Minnesota. It is one of only two official F5 tornadoes that have occurred in Minnesota, although several other tornadoes that occurred before 1950 are estimated to have been F5 strength. The tornado destroyed 111 homes, caused major damage to 76, and caused minor damage to 114. Five businesses were destroyed and 15 others were damaged. Some homes in town only had their foundations left behind. A few farms outside of town were swept completely away, and extensive ground scouring occurred An elementary school and 106 automobiles were destroyed, and a heavy boxcar was thrown more than a block by the storm. Two other boxcars were thrown 300 yards, and a steel I-beam was carried for two miles on a piece of roof. Hard rains and hail were also reported.

Eric Lantz, 16, of Walnut Grove, shot this award-winning photo of the Tracy tornado as it was leaving town.