Thunderstorms brought large hail up tennis ball size and two tornadoes to parts of the region on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Excessive rainfall also fell across parts of the central Red River Valley. Below is a preliminary summary of the event.
A National Weather Service Storm Damage Assessment Team has reviewed damage from two tornadoes which occurred across portions of southeast Grand Forks County and one tornado across eastern Traill County. These tornadoes resulted from storms in the afternoon and early evening of August 27, 2016. There were no injuries or fatalities from these tornadoes.
Based on video and photographic evidence, plus multiple eyewitness accounts, it is clear that two separate and distinct tornadoes occurred from the same parent supercell thunderstorm in southeast Grand Forks County. The first was a brief touchdown in far southeast Arvilla township and the second was a much larger and longer tracking tornado across northern Pleasant View township.
A third tornado occurred nearly an hour and a half later in east central Traill County. This tornado crossed the Interstate 29 corridor and produced severe damage at two farmsteads and at the Taft elevator complex.
Tornado #1 - SSW Arvilla
Grand Forks County
||August 27, 2016
||4:12 - 4:14 pm CDT
|Est. Peak Winds
This tornado touched down for 1-2 minutes and tracked for less than one-half mile over a largely open field west of CR 2.
Track Map (Click to Enlarge)