The Minneapolis, MN severe thunderstorm of May 9, 2004

What happened?

On May 9, 2004, a supercell storm got initiated in far eastern South Dakota and moved eastward, dropping large hail, producing tornadoes, and then changing into a bow echo as it approached Minneapolis. See the table below for unofficial storm reports, courtesy of SPC. The table below is incomplete; many more reports were taken, but for the sake of brevity we have included a select few. To see all the reports, go here.

Time (UTC)LocationWhat happened
21:293 miles S of Watkins, Meeker CountyPublic report of tornado crossing pasture
21:44Waverly, Wright CountyPossible tornado
21:441 mile SW of Monticello, Wright CountySheriff report of tornado
22:21Greenfield, Hennepin CountyHouse damaged and garage destroyed; tornado suspected
22:275 miles S of Hutchinson, McLeod County1 inch hail
22:54St. Paul, Ramsey CountyWind gust to 63 kt (117 km/h)
23:15North St. Paul, Ramsey County1 inch hail

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Last update to this page: May 10, 2004