1998 Minnesota March Tornado Outbreak

Feb 23, 2015
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Eighteen years ago today Minnesota experienced the worst March Tornado outbreak on record with 14 tornadoes touching down across Southern Minnesota. The strongest two were an F4 which destroyed the small town of Comfrey MN and the F3 that damaged a large part of St Peter MN. Here is a wikipedia link to the event. The National Weather Service in Minneapolis used to have a great section on this event but it seems to have disappeared. :( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Comfrey–St._Peter_tornado_outbreak
 

CoryDoffing

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Eighteen years ago today Minnesota experienced the worst March Tornado outbreak on record with 14 tornadoes touching down across Southern Minnesota. The strongest two were an F4 which destroyed the small town of Comfrey MN and the F3 that damaged a large part of St Peter MN. Here is a wikipedia link to the event. The National Weather Service in Minneapolis used to have a great section on this event but it seems to have disappeared. :( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Comfrey–St._Peter_tornado_outbreak
Some of the old information for this event is available on the Archive.org site.

https://web.archive.org/web/19980524084717/http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx/stptor.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20121017164528/http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx/?n=1998mar29intro

It's too bad there wasn't more video of this. Here is a map I made of the tornado locations. I'd be curious to know if the tornado near Fulda was anti-cyclonic, since it was listed as being after the main tornado touched down to its east, and if the F0 at 3:25 may have been a satellite tornado.
 

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Feb 23, 2015
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I remember before the Tonados hit Comfrey and St Peter there were Doppler indicated Tornadoes that resulted in Tornado Warnings being issued in other parts of Minnesota. I was working in Albert Lea MN in. radio at the time and due to our Farm and Home show that weekend I had to actually be in the building on a Sunday afternoon. I remember the Tornado Watch was issued at about 1:30 PM CST and went into. effect at 2 PM and was a PDS watch. Later that afternoon we had a. Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued and not long after that the sirens went off and we were under a Tornado Warning. We went right into our simulcasting mode and people came back from the show to help us run the station. Nothnig touched down in our neck of the woods and later that afternoon all hell broke loose.