List of 2008 Minnesota tornadoes

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An EF3 tornado near Willmar, Minnesota on July 11, 2008. Photo taken by Swift County spotter Joyce Nokleby of Benson, MN
Map of the tornadoes that touched down in Minnesota during 2008

The following is a list of 2008 Minnesota tornadoes. Minnesota is a state located in the North Central United States along the northern edge of Tornado Alley, and on average receives 24 tornadoes per year. 2008 was a more active year historically, with 43 confirmed tornado touchdowns. Thirty-eight of the tornadoes (or 88%) were considered minor, rated EF0 or EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. The remaining five tornadoes were rated as significant, at EF2 or EF3.[1]

The 43 tornadoes combined to cause $42.7 million in damage: $40.06 million in property damage and $2.66 million in crop damage. The tornadoes combined to injure 24 people, with one fatality reported from an EF3 tornado in Hugo on May 25. The date range of the tornadoes was smaller than normal, lasting exactly two months, from just May 25–July 24.

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EFU EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
0 23 15 2 3 0 0 43
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May[edit]

May 25[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (5) – Sunday, May 25, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF1 Coon Rapids, Blaine Anoka 45°07′N 93°12′W / 45.12°N 93.2°W / 45.12; -93.2 2135 6 miles (9.7 km) 2 injuries – Damaged many trees and homes in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Caused $700,000 in damages.[2]
EF3 Lino Lakes/
Hugo
Anoka, Washington 45°06′N 93°18′W / 45.1°N 93.3°W / 45.1; -93.3 2155 6 miles (9.7 km)
Damage to homes from the EF3 tornado in Hugo, Minnesota.

1 death, 17 injuries – The tornado touched down in Anoka County in the town of Lino Lakes before crossing into Washington County. It quickly strengthened to an EF3, where it caused severe damage in the town of Hugo, killing a 2-year-old boy. The Creekview Preserve subdivision was especially hard hit. A 62-year-old woman died a few days after the tornado when she suffered a heart attack while clearing debris in her yard. This tornado destroyed 27 homes and damaged 767 others, causing $25.3 million in damage.[3][4]

EF0 SW of Marine on St. Croix Washington 45°06′N 92°29′W / 45.1°N 92.49°W / 45.1; -92.49 2210 1 mile (1.6 km) Hundreds of trees damaged at Warner Nature Reserve with a park building slightly damaged.[5]
EF0 Marine on St. Croix Washington, St. Croix (WI), Polk (WI) 45°07′N 92°28′W / 45.12°N 92.46°W / 45.12; -92.46 2215 1.3 miles (2.1 km) Several homes were damaged by fallen trees in Marine on St. Croix along the St. Croix River, resulting in $300,000 in damage.[6]
EF0 N of Whipholt Cass 47°02′N 94°13′W / 47.04°N 94.22°W / 47.04; -94.22 2248 4 miles (6.4 km) Waterspout over Leech Lake.[7]

May 30[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Friday, May 30, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 WNW of Morris Stevens 45°07′N 93°12′W / 45.12°N 93.2°W / 45.12; -93.2 2037 .1 miles (0.2 km) None reported.[1]

June[edit]

June 6[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (5) – Friday, June 6, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF2 Menahga, Park Rapids area Wadena, Hubbard 46°27′N 95°02′W / 46.45°N 95.04°W / 46.45; -95.04 1414 14.1 miles (22.7 km)
Damage to turkey barns from the June 6, 2008 tornado
2 injuries – Eight turkey barns, several homes, and hundreds of acres (km²) of forest were damaged or destroyed. Damage total was $11.3 million[8][9]
EF3 Dorset, Emmaville area Hubbard 46°35′N 95°01′W / 46.58°N 95.01°W / 46.58; -95.01 1437 7.3 miles (11.7 km)
Damage caused by the EF3 Emmaville, Minnesota tornado
Destroyed two homes and damaged several others on Pickerel Lake. Also flattened dozens of acres of forest.[10]
EF0 Dorset area Hubbard 46°35′N 95°33′W / 46.59°N 95.55°W / 46.59; -95.55 1451 5.9 miles (9.5 km) Caused $100,000 in several brief touchdowns.[11]
EF1 Lake George area Hubbard 47°05′N 94°35′W / 47.09°N 94.59°W / 47.09; -94.59 1455 2.4 miles (3.9 km) Numerous large trees were knocked down, causing $400,000 in damage.[12]
EF1 Badoura, Chamberlain area Hubbard 46°31′N 94°26′W / 46.51°N 94.43°W / 46.51; -94.43 1543 .6 miles (1.0 km) Up to four acres of trees were downed, causing $200,000 in damage.[13]

June 7[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Saturday, June 7, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Perkins area Houston 43°29′N 91°24′W / 43.49°N 91.40°W / 43.49; -91.40 2150 .1 miles (0.2 km) None reported.[14]

June 9[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Monday, June 9, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF1 Halstad area Norman 47°13′N 96°27′W / 47.21°N 96.45°W / 47.21; -96.45 1844 .3 miles (0.5 km) $40,000 to farm building and trees reported.[15]

June 11[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (7) – Wednesday, June 11, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF1 Pfingsten, Wirock area Nobles, Murray 43°30′N 95°27′W / 43.50°N 95.45°W / 43.50; -95.45 2246 3.8 miles (6.1 km) Caused $70,000 to farm building and trees.[16][17]
EF1 Lime Creek area Murray 43°32′N 95°22′W / 43.54°N 95.36°W / 43.54; -95.36 2305 2.7 miles (4.3 km) 1 injury – This tornado tore the roof off a farm house, causing a wall to collapse and injuring one person. Two building were also destroyed and others damaged at the same farm, causing $100,000 in damage.[18]
EF0 Jeffers area Cottonwood 44°04′N 95°07′W / 44.07°N 95.11°W / 44.07; -95.11 2345 2 miles (3.2 km) Minor damage to outbuildings and trees totaling $5,000.[19]
EF1 Leavenworth area Brown 44°07′N 94°31′W / 44.12°N 94.52°W / 44.12; -94.52 0020 .6 miles (1.0 km) This tornado destroyed two barns, a farm truck and several vehicles, damage totaling $300,000.[20]
EF0 Sleepy Eye area Brown 44°11′N 94°27′W / 44.19°N 94.45°W / 44.19; -94.45 0046 .4 miles (0.6 km) This tornado caused $100,000 to farm buildings.[21]
EF1 Essig area Brown 44°13′N 94°24′W / 44.21°N 94.40°W / 44.21; -94.40 0052 2 miles (3.2 km) Destroyed a grain bin, along with a few sheds and outbuildings, totaling $100,000.[22]
EF0 Gaylord area Sibley 44°20′N 94°06′W / 44.34°N 94.10°W / 44.34; -94.10 0206 .3 miles (0.5 km) None reported.[23]

June 12[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (3) – Thursday, June 12, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Midway area Becker 46°27′N 95°01′W / 46.45°N 95.01°W / 46.45; -95.01 2340 1.8 miles (2.9 km) Caused a reported $100,000 in crop damages.[24]
EF1 Nevis area Hubbard 46°33′N 95°31′W / 46.55°N 95.51°W / 46.55; -95.51 0014 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Several large trees were knocked down or uprooted along county road 13, causing $300,000 in property damage and $100,000 in crop damage.[25]
EF1 Two Inlets, Lake George area Becker, Clearwater, Hubbard 47°04′N 95°10′W / 47.06°N 95.17°W / 47.06; -95.17 0144 8.5 miles (13.7 km) Numerous trees were knocked down along Minnesota State Highway 113. This tornado caused $200,000 in property damage and $100,000 in crop damage.[26][27][28]

June 14[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (2) – Thursday, June 14, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF1 Foxhome area Wilkin 46°11′N 96°13′W / 46.18°N 96.21°W / 46.18; -96.21 2255 2.1 miles (3.4 km) This tornado moved a machine shed off its foundation, and downed several large trees. It caused $150,000 in property damage and $100,000 in crop damage.[29]
EF1 Fergus Falls Otter Tail 46°11′N 96°04′W / 46.18°N 96.07°W / 46.18; -96.07 2315 2.6 miles (4.2 km) The tornado skirted along the northeast corner of Fergus Falls, knocking over power lines and numerous tree branches. It caused $100,000 in property damage and $50,000 in crop damage.[30]

July[edit]

July 6[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Sunday, July 6, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Round Lake area Nobles 43°20′N 95°02′W / 43.34°N 95.03°W / 43.34; -95.03 2017 .3 miles (0.5 km) None reported.[31]

July 10[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (2) – Thursday, July 10, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Empire Dakota 44°23′N 93°02′W / 44.39°N 93.04°W / 44.39; -93.04 1815 6 miles (9.7 km) Damage to trees and $200,000 to crops was reported.[32]
EF0 Vasa area Goodhue 44°18′N 92°23′W / 44.30°N 92.39°W / 44.30; -92.39 1840 1 mile (1.6 km) Minor structural damage reported.[33]

July 11[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (9) – Friday, July 11, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Viking area Marshall 48°09′N 96°16′W / 48.15°N 96.27°W / 48.15; -96.27 2025 .2 miles (0.3 km) None reported.[34]
EF0 Waubun Mahnomen 47°08′N 95°35′W / 47.13°N 95.58°W / 47.13; -95.58 2045 2 miles (3.2 km) A total of $10,000 in damage was reported to property and crops.[35]
EF0 Vergas Otter Tail 46°25′N 95°28′W / 46.42°N 95.46°W / 46.42; -95.46 2055 .2 miles (0.3 km) A total of $10,000 in damage was reported to property and crops.[36]
EF2 Beaulieu Mahnomen 47°11′N 95°29′W / 47.18°N 95.49°W / 47.18; -95.49 2100 16 miles (25.7 km) Numerous trees and power poles were snapped along the tornado's path. Farm equipment was damaged. $500,000 in property damage and $100,000 in crop damage was reported.[37]
EF0 Frazee, Wolf Lake area Becker 46°27′N 95°22′W / 46.45°N 95.37°W / 46.45; -95.37 2112 10 miles (16.1 km) This tornado downed several large trees, causing $25,000 in crop and property damage.[38]
EF1 Luce, Perham area Otter Tail 46°24′N 95°24′W / 46.40°N 95.40°W / 46.40; -95.40 2115 2 miles (3.2 km) Several farm buildings and equipment was damaged, causing $200,000 in property damage and $100,000 in crop damage.[39]
EF1 Lyman, Wrightstown area Otter Tail 46°11′N 95°09′W / 46.18°N 95.15°W / 46.18; -95.15 2143 1 mile (1.6 km) This tornado caused $50,000 in damage to property and crops.[40]
EF3 Priam, Kandiyohi area Kandiyohi 45°02′N 94°35′W / 45.04°N 94.58°W / 45.04; -94.58 2326 8 miles (12.9 km)
EF3 tornado damage near Willmar.
2 injuries – Three homes were destroyed and eight others damaged. Barns and sheds were also destroyed, including two turkey barns.[41]
EF0 Dassel, Knapp area Meeker, Wright 45°04′N 94°10′W / 45.07°N 94.16°W / 45.07; -94.16 0025 3 miles (4.8 km) Damage to a home, sheds and trees totaled $200,000.[42][43]

July 14[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Monday, July 14, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Funkley area Beltrami 47°28′N 94°16′W / 47.46°N 94.27°W / 47.46; -94.27 0245 .2 miles (0.3 km) Minor tree damage reported.[44]

July 16[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (2) – Wednesday, July 16, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF1 Pittsburg, ND, Donaldson area Pembina, Kittson 48°22′N 97°02′W / 48.37°N 97.04°W / 48.37; -97.04 0132 4 miles (6.4 km) Minor damage reported, totaling $10,000.[45]
EF0 Stephen area Marshall 48°18′N 96°32′W / 48.30°N 96.54°W / 48.30; -96.54 0200 1 mile (1.6 km) This tornado caused $20,000 in crop damage and $10,000 to buildings.[46]

July 17[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Thursday, July 17, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Amboy Blue Earth 43°31′N 94°06′W / 43.52°N 94.10°W / 43.52; -94.10 1655 .1 miles (0.2 km) None reported.[47]

July 19[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Saturday, July 19, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Becker, Big Lake area Sherburne 45°13′N 93°30′W / 45.22°N 93.50°W / 45.22; -93.50 1907 4.4 miles (7.1 km) Minor damage to trees and houses, as well as $300,000 in crop damage reported.[48]

July 24[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes (1) – Thursday, July 24, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
EF0 Waubun area Mahnomen 47°09′N 95°33′W / 47.15°N 95.55°W / 47.15; -95.55 2320 1 mile (1.6 km) Small tornado caused $5,000 in crop damage.[49]

See also[edit]

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