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Temperatures Well Above Normal in the Southwest & California; Snow Possible in the Northern Plains

Much above average temperatures will continue from California, through the Southwest and into the Great Basin, with poor air quality due to ongoing wildfires. Elsewhere, a slow-moving storm over the Northern High Plains will reach the Upper Great Lakes by Wednesday. This system will produce areas of snow, rain, and freezing rain. Rainy weather will also continue over parts of Florida. Read More >

Overview

A tornado touched down on the evening of August 9th, 2020.

An eye witness recorded a funnel skipping off of Star Lake before touching down offshore of East Star Lake campground. The tornado downed numerous trees and power lines on its way across the campsite, blocking off many of the nearby roadways. It then continued northeast, across county road N, uprooting and snapping many additional trees, before crossing county Road K and dissipating over the Upper Bucktabon Spring State Natural Area. Fortunately, despite a 70 percent occupancy at the campsite, no injuries or fatalities were reported.

Preliminary damage surveys for the tornado found damage consistent with an EF1 tornado. The tornado was on the ground approximately 15 minutes, and traveled around 6 miles. The average width of the damage track was around 300 yards, with a few areas of damage as wide as 400 yards. See the photo to the right for an areal shot near the beginning of the damage track looking ENE with Stormy Lake in the upper right:

Photo Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

 

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