1981 Twin Cities Har-Mar Tornado

Mar 23, 2009
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East Bethel, Minnesota
I have debated writing up my memoirs of that tornado. I personally knew and spoke with several witnesses who actually experienced that tornado first hand. It was the second worst Tornado outbreak (up to that date) to hit the Twin Cities since the 1965 outbreak. It was also the tornado that inspired the birth of the electronics giant, Best Buy, to happen!
 
Feb 23, 2015
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I have debated writing up my memoirs of that tornado. I personally knew and spoke with several witnesses who actually experienced that tornado first hand. It was the second worst Tornado outbreak (up to that date) to hit the Twin Cities since the 1965 outbreak. It was also the tornado that inspired the birth of the electronics giant, Best Buy, to happen!
I have a funny story from earlier that morning. There were a couple of tornadoes that had touched down early that morning in southern minnesota and the said thunderstorms were continuing to move towards us. At about 6:00 AM or so our fire department phone rang (dad was on the fire department) and we heard there was an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud near us. I heard the phone ring and asked mom afterward what it was. She told me and that was it. Since we lived in a trailer house I was out of the house faster than you can say shazam and ran to the neighbors house who had a basement. Mom got dressed and came over. There was no funnel cloud but someone decided to be cautious and not take any chances. In regard to this storm I remember the TV coverage as the TV stations in the Twin Cities(mainly 4 and 5) were upgrading the weather departments. KSTP(5) had just gotten a doppler radar and 4 was trying to keep up.
 
Mar 23, 2009
44
19
5
East Bethel, Minnesota
I have a funny story from earlier that morning. There were a couple of tornadoes that had touched down early that morning in southern minnesota and the said thunderstorms were continuing to move towards us. At about 6:00 AM or so our fire department phone rang (dad was on the fire department) and we heard there was an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud near us. I heard the phone ring and asked mom afterward what it was. She told me and that was it. Since we lived in a trailer house I was out of the house faster than you can say shazam and ran to the neighbors house who had a basement. Mom got dressed and came over. There was no funnel cloud but someone decided to be cautious and not take any chances. In regard to this storm I remember the TV coverage as the TV stations in the Twin Cities(mainly 4 and 5) were upgrading the weather departments. KSTP(5) had just gotten a doppler radar and 4 was trying to keep up.
I was expecting severe weather that day as it was really humid and rather warm. I had a new girl-friend up in Soderville, MN, and I was on my way to pick her up when I heard of large hail out by Lake Minnetonka. I thought perhaps a tornado was imminent. My hope was to pick up my new girl-friend (who loved storms as well) and hightail it back to the cities in time to catch the severe weather. As it turned out the tornado was already on the ground before I arrived at my girl-friend's house. After picking her up, I raced back down towards the cities listening to the storm reports on a make-shift weather radio I had wired up in my car. By the time I finally arrived the tornado had dissipated. However, it's path had covered many personal friend's homes and places of employment. It is the stories they told me of the tornado passing that I'd like to write up someday, as the memories are starting to get fuzzy now.
 
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Feb 23, 2015
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I was expecting severe weather that day as it was really humid and rather warm. I had a new girl-friend up in Soderville, MN, and I was on my way to pick her up when I heard of large hail out by Lake Minnetonka. I thought perhaps a tornado was imminent. My hope was to pick up my new girl-friend (who loved storms as well) and hightail it back to the cities in time to catch the severe weather. As it turned out the tornado was already on the ground before I arrived at my girl-friend's house. After picking her up, I raced back down towards the cities listening to the storm reports on a make-shift weather radio I had wired up in my car. By the time I finally arrived the tornado had dissipated. However, it's path had covered many personal friend's homes and places of employment. It is the stories they told me of the tornado passing that I'd like to write up someday, as the memories are starting to get fuzzy now.
Funny but I also remember the weather that afternoon as being hot and humid and IIRC the night before in Southern MN there had been a tornado watch that extended into the overnight hours. I somehow remember that there were some Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for counties for where we lived(or close to it) at about 11:00 PM on Saturday night. But of course I was only 9 at the time and memories may have faded.