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Tornadoes in northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest & central Wisconsin

Background Information
 
Statistics (1850-Present)
 
Records (1850-Present)
 

Chickasaw County (IA) Tornadoes*
1850-2020
Date Time Location Other 
Counties
Affected
Length
(miles)
Width
(yards)
Deaths** Injuries** EF-Scale
Month Day Year
5 27 2019 1210-1215 CST Deerfield 2.1NW to 3 SW Elma 2.9SW Howard 4.07 25 0 0 EF0
 
A tornado touched down across northwest Chickasaw County southwest of Alta Vista. The tornado traveled north-northeast across rural parts of the county before passing into Howard County southwest of Elma. It then moved north-northeast and then dissipated after crossing Dale Avenue. This was spotted by area fire departments. Farm buildings were damaged just north of the Chickasaw County line. This was witnessed by area fire departments serving as spotters. There was $35,000 of damage in Howard County. This tornado caused $35,000 in property damage. More on this tornado can be found at: http://www.weather.gov/arx/may2719
8 19 2009 1409-1414 CST Fredericksburg 3.5 SE to Fredericksburg 3.4 ESE None 1.08 40 0 0 EF0
  A tornado 4 miles southeast of Fredericksburg damaged a barn and an attached garage.  This tornado caused an estimated $20,000 in property damage and $10,000 in crop damage.  Three other tornadoes touched down in northeast Iowa (Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties) during this afternoon. 
7 7 2003 0306 CST New Hampton 1-2SSW None 0.5 25 0 0 F0
 
The damage was confined to a few farm buildings and trees on one particular farm about 1-2 miles south-southwest of New Hampton, Iowa.
6 21 2002 1715-1718 CST Ionia 2NW to Ionia 1.5NW None 0.5 30 0 0 F0
  Law enforcement officials observed a brief tornado touchdown along Highway 18 near Ionia.  There was no damage reported with the storm.  The public also reported hail the size of quarters and golf balls.
5 8 2002 1758-1801 CST Ionia 2E None 0.2 25 0 0 F0
  Storm chasers reported a brief tornado touched down in open fields between Ionia and New Hampton.
6 13 2000 1415-20 CST Fredricksburg 1N to Fredricksburg 1NE None 0.5 50 0 0 F0
  An outbuilding was destroyed and several trees were uprooted.
7 20 1999 1630-1636 CST Carville 1SE to Nashua 4NE Floyd 2.1 80 0 0 F1
  A tornado touched down just north of Nashua and caused extensive damage to two farms, including a blown down silo, several damaged barns and outbuildings, sheared trees, and damaged crops.
7 5 1995 1239-1300 CST New Hampton 2.5S to Lawler 3S None 8 40 0 0 F1
  One farm building was destroyed and several others were damaged. Several trees were also knocked down. The tornado tracked across fields to the southeast of New Hampton and did not directly affect another farmstead before lifting south of Lawler. $100,000 in property damage - $4,000 in crop damage.
7 19 1994 1920 CST New Hampton 6NNE None 0.3 30 0 0 F0
7 19 1994 1920 CST Alta Vista 3NE None 0.2 30 0 0 F0
7 7 1994 1752-1815 CST New Hampton 9SW to New Hampton 3E None 9.5 100 0 0 F2
  Moving northeast, this tornado hit a truck repair shop at the intersection of Highway 63 and County Road B54, removing the roof. Most of the tornado track was through open country, which kept the damage to a minimum. Damaging wind from the parent thunderstorm also caused extensive damage around New Hampton and in Fredericksburg.
8 9 1993 1640-1652 CST New Hampton 5W to New Hampton None 5 55 0 2 F2
  Several farmsteads were damaged. The two people injured were in their car 5 miles west of New Hampton when it was spun into the air and dropped in the ditch facing the opposite direction. Debris from a nearby building shattered the windows in the car as well. Flooding also closed 21 miles of roads in the county from this storm.
7 8 1993 2025 CST New Hampton 7N None 0.1 20 0 0 F0
6 18 1991 2010-2030 CST New Hampton 3E to New Hampton 6SE None 5 25  0 0 F1
  Mainly over the open county, this tornado moved south and caused little damage. Trees were blown down and hail up to tennis ball size was reported.
5 24 1989 1945-2000 CST  Lawler 3W to Jackson Junction Winneshiek 10 35 0 0 F1
  This tornado started in Chickasaw County but crossed into southwest parts of Winneshiek County before dissipating.
10 16 1984 1830 CST Lawler None 1 25 0 0 F1
  Four houses were significantly damaged - one roof lost. A garage was moved on its foundation and another foundation of a house was cracked. Ten to fifteen other homes received more minor damage. One of the victims of the said, "There was so much suction, we couldn't get the door to the basement open."
6 29 1983 1638 CST Bassett 2NE None 0.2 30 0 0 F1
  A tornado knocked down a cattle shed, killed some cattle, and downed some trees.
8 28 1981 1615 CST   None 0 0 F0
7 12 1971 1715-1758 CST Elma 2W to Waucoma 1 SW Fayette
Howard
30 400 0 8 F4
  This tornado moved southeast, passing through Lawler, and hit 50 farms. Three homes and barns were swept away. Damage estimates were $1.5 million. Both Fayette and Howard counties reported 4 injuries apiece.
5 15 1968 1510-1600 CST Hansell 1NE to Chester 2S Butler
Floyd
Franklin
Howard
65 400 13 462 F5
  Moved northeast from north of Hansell, passing east of Aredale, west of Greene, east of Marble Rock, and devastating Charles City. The tornado grew larger and more intense as it approached Charles City. The huge funnel passed directly through town, destroying 337 homes, and causing about $30 million in damage. The tornado continued to the northeast hitting Elma and causing another $1.5 million in damages. From there the tornado turned to the north and dissipated south of Chester, 4 miles south of the Minnesota border. Nearly 2000 homes were damaged or destroyed. All 13 deaths occurred in Floyd County. 450 injuries were reported in Floyd County and 12 injuries in Howard County.https://www.weather.gov/arx/may151968  
3 30 1967 2240 CST Protivin 2S Howard ? 100 0 0 F2
  A large barn was destroyed in Chickasaw County before the tornado crossed into Howard County.
5 15 1965 1530 CST    None ? ? 0 0 F1
4 11 1965 1315 CST- ?   Fredericksburg 4NW to Waukon 8E Allamakee
Fayette
Winneshiek
110 300 0 0 F1
  Apparently discontinuous path. Major damage near Ossian.
10 12 1961 1820 CST   None ? ? 0 0 F1
10 12 1961 1900 CST   None ? ? 0 0 F1
5 25 1957 1530 CST   None ? ? 0 F0
7 17 1956 1500 CST    None ? ? 0 1 F2
5 20 1953 2115-2210 CST Bassett 3E to Lime Springs 4SW Howard 30 ?? 0 0 F3
  Although barns were destroyed near Bassett, the worst damage was done near the end of the path, in Howard County. Eight farms in None County lost barns or outbuildings. The tornado moved north-northeast.
4 23 1948 1525 CST Ionia 2WSW to Ionia None 8 100 5 25 F4
  A three-block-long section was devastated at the edge of Ionia. Six homes and a church were leveled and nine other homes were badly damaged. Two of the five deaths occurred in the collapse of the Huffman Implement Store. Damage estimates were $250,000.
8 15 1944 1230 CST Washington Township None 5 100 0 0 F2
  Moved northeast and caused $4,000 in damage.
7 10 1934 0200 CST Alta Vista 2SE to Valier 2NE None 15 ? 0 0 F2
  Skipped southeast from 2 miles southeast of Alta Vista, tearing apart barns 3 miles southeast of Alta Vista and 5 miles north of New Hampton. The final damage was just northeast of Valier with $5,000 estimates.
6 19 1931 2330 CST Deerfield to Lourdes 2SE Howard 16 70 0 0 F2
  Barns were destroyed on four farms, mainly in Chickasaw County. About 50 farms had downburst damage totaling $62,000.  This tornado then moved northeast into Howard County.
5 8 1920 1700 CST Washington Township None ? ? 0 0 F2
  Several barns were completely destroyed totaling $10,000.
6 23 1919 1945 CST Nashua 5 NE None 7 ? 0 1 F3
  Two farms were devastated by a tornado for the second year in a row. The house and barns had just been rebuilt after being destroyed in the 1918 tornado. A woman was injured by falling cement blocks in her cellar. A half dozen farms were damaged. Estimates of damage totaled $60,000.
5 9 1918 1630 CST Pearl Rock 2N to Calmar Floyd
Winneshiek
50 800 7 15 F4
  This tornado touched down in extreme southeast Floyd County, a few miles north of where the four counties meet. The deaths and majority of the damage occurred in Chickasaw and Winneshiek Counties as it moved east-northeast.
5 9 1918 1600 CST Pachard 1S to Pearl Rock 3E Butler 13 400 1 5 F3
  This tornado started in Butler County but crossed into Chickasaw County near the "4 corners" area as it moved east-northeast. A woman was killed there when a dozen homes were damaged. As many as 30 people hid in a single cellar with damage estimates of $50,000.
6 22 1892 1700 CST Nashua 3E and then moved east & southeast Bremer 15 400 1 8 F3
  From 3 miles east of Nashua, the tornado zig-zagged east and southeast.  An elderly woman was killed in one of the eight farmhouses that were torn apart and scattered.  Horses and cattle were killed on many of 25 farms that were damaged.  The deaths and injuries were in Chickasaw County.
* The data in this table came from Storm Data and Significant Tornadoes--1680-1991 by Thomas P. Grazulis.
 ** Injuries and Deaths are for the entire tornado track.


Last Updated Friday, April 24, 2020 - Jeff Boyne