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During the early morning hours of Monday, July 7th, a brief tornado touchdown occurred just southwest of New Hampton, IA. The approx. tornado touchdown time was 4:06 a.m. and was ranked an F0 on the Fujita Scale. This was the first tornado of the 2003 season for NWS La Crosse.

Damage was confined to a few farm buildings and trees on one particular farm about 1-2 miles south-southwest of New Hampton, Iowa. Click here for a map of the touchdown.

Doppler Radar imagery:


These damage photos courtesy of Chickasaw County Emergency Management.

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A Tornado Warning was issued by the La Crosse National Weather Service for Chickasaw County at 3:48 a.m.  The warning was based on radar signatures and analysis of atmospheric conditions.