Weather Flashback

January 2020 - Red Lake Tornado (July 5, 2014)


The tornado in this scene was spawned by a supercell thunderstorm in a densely forested portion of northwest Minnesota. The tornado emerged from a veil of heavy rain and hail on Minnesota Highway 89 in the Red Lake State Wildlife Management Area. This tightly spun tornado damaged a swath of forest as it moved off to the north and east along the western shores of Upper Red Lake. At times, the tornado's condensation funnel was only part way to the ground; however, damage was being done at the surface beneath the cone during those times. Hence, this was a indeed a tornado, despite it having the appearance of a funnel cloud at times. More information about this storm event can be found: here.  

Plate 1. Red Lake Tornado. Captured on July 5, 2014 at 7:38pm CDT. Looking northeast from 48.18°, -95.32°.