National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


On May 25, 2008 supercell thunderstorms produced large hail and tornadoes from the northern Twin Cities metro area to western Wisconsin. Four tornadoes touched down in Minnesota and one touched down in Wisconsin. The strongest tornado was an EF-3 which hit Hugo, Minnesota and destroyed trees, houses, barns, and silos. A waterspout was reported on southeast Leech Lake at 5:48 PM in Cass County. Hail was also a major threat with these storms. Hail larger than golf balls was reported in St. Cloud, Anoka, Blaine, and Hugo. Hail in Lino Lakes remained on the ground for 20 hours after the storm, and the largest hail in Minnesota was 3.5 inches in diameter.