April 2011 Iowa–Wisconsin tornado outbreak

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April 2011 Iowa-Wisconsin tornado outbreak
April 9, 2010 Mapleton, Iowa tornado damage.jpg
Damage from the Mapleton, Iowa tornado
Date(s) April 9 – April 11, 2011
Duration 48 hours, 6 minutes
Confirmed tornadoes 43
Maximum rated tornado EF4 (Enhanced Fujita Scale)
Damages $2.2 billion
Casualties None

The April 2011 Iowa–Wisconsin tornado outbreak was one of several tornado outbreaks in the U.S. to take place during the record month of April 2011. Producing 43 tornadoes across five states, widespread damage took place; however, no fatalities resulted from the event due to timely warnings. In Wisconsin, 16 tornadoes touched down, ranking this outbreak as the state's largest April event on record as well as one of the largest single-day events during the course of any year. The strongest of these storms was an EF4 tornado that touched down south of Pocahontas, Iowa on April 9. Between 0256 and 0257 UTC (9:56 and 9:57 pm CDT) that day, five tornadoes were on the ground simultaneously in Pocahontas County, Iowa, all of which were from one supercell thunderstorm.

Throughout Iowa, damage from the storms is estimated at $78.6 million, much of which likely took place in and around Mapleton.[1] In addition to the tornadoes, Texas experienced a widespread straight-line wind and hail event, leaving $100 million in damage. Overall, losses from the storm system reached $2.2 billion, making it the third of a record ten billion dollar disasters in 2011.[2]

Meteorological synopsis[edit]

On April 9, a progressive upper-level trough moved east out of the Rocky Mountains and over the Midwest. Owing to early morning thunderstorms, moisture levels in the central Great Plains increased; however, capping in the region would limit daytime activity before atmospheric instability allowed for severe weather. forecast models indicated that the low-level jetstream would produce significant wind shear, aiding in the formation of possible tornadic supercell thunderstorms, and CAPE (convective available potential energy) values could exceed 3,000 j/kg. In light of this, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) stated a moderate risk of severe weather for areas around the Minnesota-Iowa border. A slight risk was also defined for a broader region surrounding the moderate as well as a narrow line extending southward to Texas.[3] A warm front began developing along the southeastern side of the low pressure area as it moved over The Dakotas.[4]

Picture of an EF2 tornado west of Arthur, Iowa on April 9.

During the evening hours of April 9, the SPC issued a tornado watch for western and northern Iowa, eastern Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. Conditions within this region were favorable for the development of multiple tornadic storms and there was a 70 percent chance of multiple touchdowns.[5] Around 2250 UTC (5:50 pm CDT), a strong thunderstorm developed over Burt/Cuming Counties in northeastern Nebraska. This cell slowly tracked east-northeastward and developed into a supercell as it moved into Monona County, Iowa. By 0021 UTC (7:21 pm CDT), a small tornado touched down roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Mapleton. Within minutes, this storm quickly grew and intensified as it moved closer to the city. The tornado passed directly over the city at low-end EF3 strength. Turning northward, the tornado dissipated about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Mapleton. A separate EF2 tornado struck the town of Early, where considerable damage occurred to homes and businesses.[6]

Cottonville, Wisconsin EF2 tornado damage, one year later

Tracking northeastward, the supercell moved into Ida County, another tornado touched down around 0115 UTC (8:15 pm CDT) to the west of Arthur.[7] This storm remained on the ground for 5 to 10 minutes, during which it damaged a few structures, before dissipating 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Arthur.[8] Around 0120 UTC (8:20 pm CDT), the cell entered Sac County and the first in a series of multiple tornadoes touched down northwest of Odebolt. Over the following three hours, 13 tornadoes touched down across several counties. Around 0208 UTC (9:08 pm CST), a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) wide, EF3 tornado touched down southwest of Pocahontas. Remaining on the ground for over an hour, this tornado meandered along a 30 mi (48 km) path, producing several satellite tornadoes.[9]

Officials blocked off the town and Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation for the town. Early estimates indicated that 60% of the town was damaged and 20% was nearly flattened. Despite the damage, only three people sustained minor injuries.[10]

On April 10, another moderate risk was issued. A PDS Tornado Watch was issued for parts of Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa, as well as most of Wisconsin. With 16 confirmed tornadoes in Wisconsin, the outbreak ranks as the largest single-day event in April in the state. Severe damage occurred in the towns of Merrill, Kaukauna, and Cottonville.[11] On the evening of April 10, a number of tornado watches and warning were issued stretching from southern Oklahoma to Sault. Ste. Marie, Michigan as well as central Ontario which became Canada's first tornado watch of the season. Thunderstorm watches and warnings were also reported as far away as northern and northwestern Ontario.[12]

List of tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
7 23 8 4 1 0 43

April 9 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time (UTC)
Path length
EF3 Mapleton area Monona 42°10′N 95°47′W / 42.17°N 95.79°W / 42.17; -95.79 (Mapleton (Apr. 9, EF3)) 0021 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Severe damage in town and a state of emergency was declared as a result of a large wedge tornado. Many houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed, with major damage to about 60% of the town and 20% nearly flattened. Severe tree and power line damage occurred as well. About 14 people were injured.
EF1 NW of Ricketts Crawford Unknown 0037 0.69 miles (1.11 km) Brief tornado downed power lines.
EF2 W of Arthur Ida 42°16′N 95°25′W / 42.27°N 95.41°W / 42.27; -95.41 (Arthur (Apr. 9, EF2)) 0115 4 miles (6.4 km) Several buildings, including a farm house, were heavily damaged and trees and power lines were damaged. Two grain bins were destroyed as well.
EF3 NW of Odebolt Sac 0123 10.14 miles (16.32 km) Large wedge tornado destroyed or badly damaged numerous homes and farms.
EF2 N of Odebolt to Early Sac 0129 8.34 miles (13.42 km) High-end EF2 tornado damaged or destroyed several homes and farm buildings. Buildings in downtown Early were badly damaged or destroyed, and several homes were damaged there as well.[13]
EF0 SW of Early Sac 0138 0.75 miles (1.21 km) Satellite tornado to the previous storm; executed a small loop in a field shortly after touching down. Caused no damage.
EF1 S of Galva Ida 42°29′N 95°25′W / 42.48°N 95.42°W / 42.48; -95.42 (Galva (Apr. 9, EF1)) 0140 unknown A farmstead was severely damaged with numerous outbuildings destroyed and a home losing its roof. A few other structures, including an ethanol plant, were also damaged.
EF3 SW of Nemaha to SW of Havelock Sac, Buena Vista, Pocahontas 42°44′N 94°54′W / 42.74°N 94.90°W / 42.74; -94.90 (Pocahontas (Apr. 9, EF3)) 0208 30 miles (48 km) Long-track, extremely large wedge tornado, with a damage swath 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide, leveled several farmhouses and damaged others. Tornado struck the town of Varina, partially destroying a school building and severely damaging several homes. Numerous farm buildings were also damaged or destroyed. Farm equipment was destroyed and trees were snapped and uprooted. Tornado remained on the ground for more than an hour. From 0256 to 0257 UTC (9:56 to 9:57 pm CDT), this was one of five tornadoes on the ground simultaneously in Pocahontas County, all of which were satellite tornadoes to this.[14]
EF2 NW of Nemaha Sac, Buena Vista 0209 12 miles (19 km) Large wedge tornado, roughly 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide, damaged or destroyed several homes and outbuildings.
EF1 S of Cherokee Cherokee 0220 5 miles (8.0 km) Several barns and outbuildings sustained significant damage along the tornado's path and corn stubble was scoured. One home sustained roof and window damage and nearby truck trailers were flipped. A confinement building was also destroyed by the tornado. Numerous trees and power poles were snapped as well.
EF2 SW of Pocahontas (2nd tornado) Sac, Buena Vista, 0224 1.75 miles (2.82 km) First satellite tornado to the EF3 Varina tornado. Farms were damaged in the area.
EF4 W of Pocahontas (1st tornado) Pocahontas 0254 3.2 miles (5.1 km) Second satellite tornado to the EF3 Varina tornado. Strongest tornado of the outbreak with 170 miles per hour (270 km/h) winds. One home was completely leveled by the tornado and swept off its foundation. Trees nearby were snapped and debarked. A combine, estimated at 30,000 pounds (14,000 kg) was tossed roughly 100 yards (91 m) as well.[15]
EF1 WSW of Pocahontas (1st tornado) Pocahontas 0255 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Third satellite tornado to the EF3 Varina tornado. On the ground at the same time as the following tornado. Relatively minor damage.
EF1 WSW of Pocahontas Pocahontas 0255 1.6 miles (2.6 km) Fourth satellite tornado to the EF3 Varina tornado. Anticyclonic tornado paired with the previous cyclonic tornado. Relatively minor damage.
EF2 W of Pocahontas (2nd tornado) Pocahontas 0256 0.9 miles (1.4 km) Fifth satellite tornado to the EF3 Varina tornado. One home was badly damaged.
EF1 W of Pocahontas (3rd tornado) Pocahontas 0308 2.4 miles (3.9 km) At least one home was damaged.
EF1 NW of St. Joseph Kossuth 42°55′N 94°17′W / 42.92°N 94.28°W / 42.92; -94.28 (St. Joseph (Apr. 9, EF3)) 0419 0.8 miles (1.3 km) A hog barn was damaged, numerous windows blown out and half of a shed collapsed.
EF0 S of Sulpher Springs Buena Vista unknown 1 mile (1.6 km) Brief tornado with no damage.
EF1 SE of Newell Buena Vista unknown 1 mile (1.6 km) Tornado damaged outbuildings and farm structures.
EF0 SW of Alta (1st tornado) Buena Vista unknown unknown Brief tornado with no damage. Occurred simultaneously with the other Alta tornado.
EF0 SW of Alta (2nd tornado) Buena Vista unknown unknown Brief tornado with no damage. Occurred simultaneously with the other Alta tornado.

NWS Sioux Falls, NWS Omaha, NWS Des Moines

April 10 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Sunday, April 10, 2011
Time (UTC)
Path length
EF1 SW of Augusta Eau Claire 44°38′N 91°11′W / 44.64°N 91.18°W / 44.64; -91.18 (Augusta (Apr. 10, EF1)) 2157 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Brief tornado destroyed a garage and damaged two farmsteads and a barn. Earliest tornado to touch down in Eau Claire County during the course of a year on record. Previous earliest was May 10.
EF1 NW of Augusta Eau Claire 44°42′N 91°09′W / 44.70°N 91.15°W / 44.70; -91.15 (Augusta (Apr. 10, EF1)) 2204 0.5 miles (800 m) Two outbuildings destroyed and three more damaged. Significant tree damage as well.
EF3 Merrill area Lincoln, Marathon 45°08′N 89°41′W / 45.14°N 89.68°W / 45.14; -89.68 (Merrill (Apr. 10, EF3)) 2308 22 miles (35 km) Severe damage in the area, especially at and around the Merrill Airport where hangars and airplanes were destroyed. Throughout Merrill, 65 homes were damaged or destroyed and three people sustained injuries.[16] One man was thrown 200 ft (61 m) from his home as it was destroyed. Overall damage was estimated at $10.8 million, most of which took place at an industrial park, where multiple large metal buildings were severely damaged. Many trees were snapped and uprooted along the path.[17]
EF2 Cottonville area Adams 44°02′N 89°54′W / 44.03°N 89.90°W / 44.03; -89.90 (Cottonville (Apr. 10, EF2)) 2312 17 miles (27 km) Homes sustained roof damage and mobile homes were destroyed. Extensive tree damage also occurred along with barns and sheds destroyed. A camping trailer was also overturned and sheet metal was wrapped around trees. A cement silo was blown over and multiple vehicles were flipped. A lake association building was destroyed and irrigation pivots were flipped and twisted.[16] Preliminary losses from the tornado reached $2.25 million.[18]
EF1 SSW of Necedah Juneau 43°59′N 90°05′W / 43.98°N 90.09°W / 43.98; -90.09 (Necedah (Apr. 10, EF1)) 2314 4.5 miles (7.2 km) A mobile home was rolled over and pine trees were snapped.
EF1 SW of Hancock Adams, Waushara 44°04′N 89°40′W / 44.06°N 89.67°W / 44.06; -89.67 (Hancock (Apr. 10, EF1)) 2333 9.3 miles (15.0 km) Trees and power poles downed. Homes sustained roof damage and irrigation systems were destroyed.
EF1 SE of Parrish Langlade 45°24′N 89°24′W / 45.40°N 89.40°W / 45.40; -89.40 (Parrish (Apr. 10, EF1)) 2350 5.3 miles (8.5 km) 1 million trees snapped or uprooted and a cabin was destroyed.
EF1 S of Fremont Waushara, Waupaca 44°14′N 88°52′W / 44.23°N 88.86°W / 44.23; -88.86 (Fremont (Apr. 10, EF1)) 0015 8 miles (13 km) Multiple barns were destroyed and highway signs were damaged. The roof was torn off one house in Readfield and the steeple was torn off the church.
EF2 E of Argonne Forest, Florence 45°38′N 88°49′W / 45.64°N 88.82°W / 45.64; -88.82 (Argonne (Apr. 10, EF2)) 0031 13 miles (21 km) Extensive tree and power line damage. A roof was torn off of a home and several barns and garages were destroyed as well.
EF1 NE of Poy Sippi Waushara, Winnebago 44°10′N 89°00′W / 44.16°N 89.00°W / 44.16; -89.00 (Poy Sippi (Apr. 10, EF1)) 0053 14.9 miles (24.0 km) Intermittent tornado touchdown with barns and buildings damaged. Roof damage to homes occurred and extensive tree damage was noted. Crossed over Lake Poygan into Winnebago County where mobile homes were damaged and flipped.
EF1 W of Armstrong Creek Forest 45°39′N 88°30′W / 45.65°N 88.50°W / 45.65; -88.50 (Armstrong Creek (Apr. 10, EF1)) 0108 4.5 miles (7.2 km) Two homes damaged and a garage was destroyed. Many trees were snapped in the area. Barns were also destroyed.
EF2 Kaukauna area Outagamie 44°16′N 88°16′W / 44.26°N 88.26°W / 44.26; -88.26 (Kaukauna (Apr. 10, EF2)) 0144 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Over 170 houses were damaged in the community, some of them losing roofs. Large trees were uprooted or snapped. A church sustained roof damage and had air conditioning units torn off.
EF1 S of Greenleaf Brown 44°16′N 88°05′W / 44.27°N 88.09°W / 44.27; -88.09 (Greenleaf (Apr. 10, EF1)) 0153 1.1 miles (1.8 km) Silos were damaged and a barn roof was ripped off.
EF1 S of Stockbridge Calumet 44°03′N 88°17′W / 44.05°N 88.29°W / 44.05; -88.29 (Stockbridge (Apr. 10, EF1)) 0159 1.1 miles (1.8 km) Minor damage to 4 homes and the roof was torn off of a metal storage building.
EF0 SSE of Berlin Green Lake Unknown Unknown 2 miles (3.2 km) Brief tornado damaged a home and tossed furniture. A wooden building was damaged and tree limbs were snapped.
EF0 N of Hamburg Lincoln, Marathon 45°04′N 89°32′W / 45.06°N 89.53°W / 45.06; -89.53 (Hamburg (Apr. 10, EF0)) unknown 1 mile (1.6 km) Trees were uprooted and branches were snapped. A home had siding peeled off and several barns were damaged or destroyed.
EF0 N of Rogersville Webster 37°09′N 93°04′W / 37.15°N 93.06°W / 37.15; -93.06 (Rogersville (Apr. 10, EF0)) 0355 6 mi (9.7 km) Damage to trees and outbuildings.
Sources: NWS Twin Cities, NWS La Crosse, NWS Green Bay, NWS Springfield

April 11 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Monday, April 11, 2011
Time (UTC)
Path length
EF1 NNW of Rio Vista Johnson 32°16′N 97°26′W / 32.27°N 97.43°W / 32.27; -97.43 (Rio Vista (Apr. 11, EF1)) 0609 100 yards (91 m) Five houses were damaged, one of them heavily and a wall was torn from a pharmacy. Mobile homes were also damaged and barns were destroyed. Trees were downed as well.
EF1 W of Alvarado Johnson 32°24′N 97°13′W / 32.40°N 97.22°W / 32.40; -97.22 (Alvarado (Apr. 11, EF1)) 0622 200 yards (180 m) Mobile homes were flipped and 5 businesses were damaged. 2 people were injured.
EF1 Forney area Kaufman 32°35′N 96°19′W / 32.58°N 96.32°W / 32.58; -96.32 (Forney (Apr. 11, EF1)) 0713 0.5 miles (800 m) Several houses sustained roof damage and a truck stop sign was blown over.
EF1 S of Cash Hunt 32°59′N 96°08′W / 32.98°N 96.13°W / 32.98; -96.13 (Cash (Apr. 11, EF1)) 0734 7 miles (11 km) Two houses were heavily damaged and numerous other houses sustained lesser damage. Mobile homes in the area were badly damaged or destroyed. Sheds and trees were damaged. A pipe manufacturing plant was damaged and 4 trailers were blown across the highway was well.
EF1 Vestavia Hills Jefferson 33°27′N 86°47′W / 33.45°N 86.78°W / 33.45; -86.78 (Vestavia Hills (Apr. 11, EF1)) 0027 0.4 miles (640 m) Brief tornado embedded in larger microburst. One house was heavily damaged and numerous trees were snapped.

NWS Fort Worth, NWS Birmingham

Non-tornadic events[edit]

Accompanying the tornadoes, large hail and high winds also impacted parts of the Midwest. Initially, these events associated with the outbreak were confined to Iowa and parts of Nebraska and Minnesota on April 9. In Iowa, hail was measured up to 3.5 in (8.9 cm) in diameter, resulting in some damage to homes and cars.[7] On April 10, a large line of severe storms produced damage from northern Minnesota southward to the Texas-Mexico border. Most damage along this line resulted from straight-line winds; however, Wisconsin, 2 to 2.5 in (5.1 to 6.4 cm) diameter hail in La Crosse broke windows, dented cars and damaged homes.[19] Roughly 3,200 insurance claims worth $12 million were later made in the city.[20] Elsewhere in the state, winds up to 65 mph (105 km/h) downed numerous trees and power lines and in some instances tore roofs of buildings.[21]

In Texas, winds as high as 95 mph (153 km/h) caused extensive damage to homes and businesses, resulting in roughly $100 million in damage.[22][23] Numerous trees were felled across the region and a few structures were destroyed. In Dallas County, a few carports collapsed. Near Venus, 82 mph (132 km/h) winds damaged five homes.[21]

On April 11, a strong derecho brought widespread damage to much of northern Alabama as well as parts of Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. Near Brent, Alabama, a wind gust of 110 mph (180 km/h) was recorded 70 ft (21 m) up on a radio tower.[21]


Within days of the tornadoes in Iowa, excavators were brought in to clear debris and tear down homes that were damaged beyond repair.[24] On May 5, nearly a month after the outbreak, President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration for Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Pocahontas and Sac Counties in Iowa. This allowed for government aid to be sent to the region and aid in recovery efforts.[25] This declaration is set to remain in effect until May 1, 2012.[26] A disaster outreach center was opened on May 6 at the Mapleton City Hall and the American Legion Post in Varina and would remain open through May 26. At these places, residents would be allowed to apply for small business and homeowner loans up to $2 million and $200,000 respectively.[27]


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