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Tornados Sunday in Twin Cities - Weather Nov. 11

By mark Anthony, Meteorologist

It has been an interesting few days across Minnesota. Most of the area dealt with light snow on Sunday,

Nov. 11, into Monday. However, parts of the Upper Midwest dealt with winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories as some heavy snow fell across North Dakota and South Dakota and extreme Northwestern Minnesota on Saturday.

As that cold-front pushed through and produced the snow; warm moist air was still found across parts of southern Minnesota where temperatures were very warm for this time of the year out ahead of that frontal boundary system. As a result, a couple of tornadoes were spotted Sunday,

Nov. 11, in the Twin Cities Metro area.

An EF-0 tornado was reported near Skyline Drive East of

Hwy. 13 in the Twin Cities. Numerous trees were "blown down and exhibited a convergent damage pattern." Some trees fell onto some houses in the Metro area and power lines.  There were reports of some power outages because of the storm. Winds were estimated at around 75 mph from the possible tornado.  Also, straight line winds were reported between the "two tornado tracks" according to the National Weather Service.

How common are tornadoes in November?  They are quite rare, but good records on the topic only date back to 1950. Since then, only "one tornado occurred in November which took place on Nov. 1, 2000." There is evidence of "two others prior to 1950; one on

Nov. 2, 1938, and the other on

Nov. 16, 1931."

Thankfully, these types of tornadoes this late in the season are usually weak because of the conditions not being favorable for sustaining and supporting tornadoes.

Have a great upcoming weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 1996 wintry weather hit Minnesota as an ice storm moved through much of central and southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. Many schools in southern Minnesota were either late or closed because of the weather. In addition, flights were canceled at

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport because of the ice forming on airplanes and runways.

Weather fact: An EF-0 tornado has winds of between 65 to 85 mph and can cause light damage to homes and other structures.


Moorhead Low 26 High 39

Duluth Low 27 High 38

Central Minn. Low 28 High 41

Twin Cities Low 34 High 46

Rochester Low 35 High 45

Marshall Low 31 High 44

Monday, Nov. 12: A mix of clouds and sun. High 41 Low 27 Winds: SW 5-15 mph Prec. None

Monday's sunrise: 7:22 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 4:50 p.m.

Normal High: 36

Normal Low: 22

A fairly quiet weather pattern will settle in for the midweek into the weekend. The main concern along the way could be some morning fog because of light winds during the period.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 36 Low 27 Winds: WNW 5-10 mph Prec. None.

Friday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 39 Low 23 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Prec. None.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 46 Low 34 Winds:

S 10-15 mph. Prec. None.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 46 Low 34 Wind: SE 5-15 mph

Prec. None.