NWS Confirms Landspout Touchdown in Faribault County

May 25, 2018 10:12 PM

The National Weather Service says photos confirm a landspout touched down briefly Friday afternoon in Faribault County.


Photo courtesy of LaShonda Ertman

However, no tornado warning has been issued.

According to KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas, a landspout is similar to a tornado, but does not have a rotating wall cloud. While weaker than a tornado, they can still create damage, Yuhas said. 

In the metro area, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for central Wright County and northwestern Hennepin County. The warning expired around 5:15 p.m. 

Northern Washington, northwestern  St. Croix and south-central Polk counties also saw severe thunderstorms. A warning was issued for that area but expired around 6 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for southeastern Faribault County and southwestern Freeborn County. The warning expired around 5 p.m.


Southeast Minnesota also saw some severe weather. 

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch that included Dodge, Houston, Winona, Fillmore, Mower, Winona, Goodhue and Olmsted Counties in Minnesota.

The watch also covered a number of Wisconsin counties. 

Looking ahead, Saturday looks hazy, hot and humid with a high of 92 degrees. And Yuhas said the hazy sunshine could continue Sunday, when there is a chance of tying the record high for the date of 95 degrees, which was set in 1969.

A high of 93 is expected on Memorial Day with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm later in the day.


Frank Rajkowski

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