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Severe thunderstorms formed during the afternoons and early evenings of June 7th and June 8th. These storms mainly produced damaging winds and large hail, but one tornado also occurred near Fertile, MN on Saturday June 8th. Total observed rainfall amounts from the 7th into the 8th were highly variable due to the scattered nature of the thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall.


Tornado - 4 SE Fertile MN
Polk County

Date June 8, 2019
Time (Local) 7:34 PM - 7:45 PM CDT
EF Rating EF-2
Est. Peak Winds 115 mph
Path Length 3.6 miles
Max Width 160 yards
Injuries/Deaths None


Tornadoes snapped multiple trees and threw some into nearby fields. The most significant damage occurred at a farmstead where grain bins where twisted around trees 90 to 100 yards away. There was also a roof partially removed and structural damage to the walls of a barn.


The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:


65-85 mph
86-110 mph
111-135 mph
136-165 mph
166-200 mph
200+ mph

High Temperatures

Near record high temperatures occurred on Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th, 2019. Friday June 7th was the hottest day for the summer so far across the area. On Friday, Fargo reach 96 degrees (near the record of 99 degrees set in 1941), Grand Forks (GFK) International Airport set a new record high of 96 degrees, and Grand Forks (Univ/NWS) reached 96 degrees (near record of 97 degrees set in 1988). On Saturday June 8th, Fargo set a new record high of 93 degrees.




Photos & Video

June 7th photos

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Near Alvarado, MN Near Alvarado, MN Grand Forks, ND Grand Forks, ND


June 8th photos

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Near Leonard, ND Near Leonard, ND Fargo, ND Near Fertile, MN




Storm Reports

Friday June 7th, 2019



Saturday June 8th, 2019


Rain Reports

This map shows the 2 day rainfall total, from 1 pm Friday June 7th to 7 am Sunday June 8th. The map may not depict every location accurately because the NWS does not receive rainfall reports in between a lot of the larger cities on this map. Between the larger cities, rainfall amounts are estimated for this map.


Additional Information

SPC Watches and NWS Grand Forks Warnings


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SPC Watch June 7th NWS Grand Forks June 7, 2019 Warnings SPC Watch June 8th NWS Grand Forks June 8, 2019 Warnings

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