Severe Thunderstorms in the Heart of the Twin Cities:
July 24, 2006

Strong storms developed over the heart of the Twin Cities during the afternoon and evening of July 25th. Heavy rains fell in a very narrow area roughly a few miles either side of a line along Interstate 94 through the downtowns. Accompanying the heavy rain was some large hail that fell on downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Golf ball sized hail was reported on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus. One of the heavier rainfalls reported was 2.48 inches near 38th street and Longfellow south in Minneapolis. The storms then slid off to the east, bringing hail and wind to western Wisconsin. The heavy rains were very geographically isolated. Kohlman Lake in Maplewood saw .18 inches and the Minneapolis Airport picked up .28 with heavier rains in between the two sites.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1018 PM CDT MON JUL 24 2006

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0110 PM     HAIL             GLEN FLORA              45.50N 90.89W 
07/24/2006  E0.88 INCH       RUSK               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0155 PM     HAIL             SHELDON                 45.31N 90.96W 
07/24/2006  M1.25 INCH       RUSK               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0240 PM     HAIL             CUMBERLAND              45.54N 92.02W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       BARRON             WI   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            HAIL STILL FALLING AS OF 250 PM.

0254 PM     HAIL             CUMBERLAND              45.54N 92.02W 
07/24/2006  M0.88 INCH       BARRON             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0420 PM     HAIL             3 W MAPLE PLAIN         45.01N 93.72W 
07/24/2006  E0.88 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0511 PM     HAIL             MONTROSE                45.07N 93.91W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       WRIGHT             MN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0524 PM     HAIL             1 W ROCKFORD            45.09N 93.76W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       WRIGHT             MN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0525 PM     HAIL             ROCKFORD                45.09N 93.74W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0525 PM     HAIL             FALL CREEK              44.76N 91.27W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0530 PM     HAIL             MINNEAPOLIS             44.96N 93.27W 
07/24/2006  E1.75 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            REPORTED NEAR BROADWAY AND MARSHALL IN NORTHEAST MPLS.

0536 PM     HAIL             PLYMOUTH                45.02N 93.46W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   AMATEUR RADIO   

0543 PM     TSTM WND GST     ST PAUL                 44.95N 93.10W 
07/24/2006  M62.00 MPH       RAMSEY             MN   ASOS            

            MEASURED AT THE ST PAUL AIRPORT

0545 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SOUTH ST PAUL           44.89N 93.04W 
07/24/2006                   DAKOTA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            FOURTEEN INCH DIAMETER TREE BRANCH TOPPLED ONTO A CAR ON 
            WARBURTON AVE.

0545 PM     HAIL             MINNEAPOLIS             44.96N 93.27W 
07/24/2006  E1.75 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            REPORTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CAMPUS.

0546 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ST PAUL                 44.95N 93.10W 
07/24/2006                   RAMSEY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            SIX INCH TREE DOWN.

0549 PM     HAIL             MINNEAPOLIS             44.96N 93.27W 
07/24/2006  E1.00 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            REPORTED NEAR THE METRODOME. 

0554 PM     HAIL             ST PAUL                 44.95N 93.10W 
07/24/2006  E0.88 INCH       RAMSEY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0556 PM     HAIL             ST PAUL                 44.95N 93.10W 
07/24/2006  E1.50 INCH       RAMSEY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0603 PM     HEAVY RAIN       MINNEAPOLIS             44.96N 93.27W 
07/24/2006  M2.48 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            NEAR 38TH AND LONGFELLOW SOUTH.

0605 PM     HAIL             MENOMONIE               44.89N 91.91W 
07/24/2006  M1.25 INCH       DUNN               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            HAILED FROM 1 W MENOMONIE TO NORTH SIDE OF MENOMONIE.

0606 PM     HEAVY RAIN       MINNEAPOLIS             44.96N 93.27W 
07/24/2006  M1.75 INCH       HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            1.75 INCHES OF RAIN IN 45 MINUTES NEAR LAKE HARRIET.

0614 PM     HAIL             MENOMONIE               44.89N 91.91W 
07/24/2006  E1.00 INCH       DUNN               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0624 PM     HAIL             3 N SOMERSET            45.17N 92.68W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       ST. CROIX          WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            NEAR HIGHWAY 35 AND 210TH.

0626 PM     HAIL             1 E MENOMONIE           44.89N 91.89W 
07/24/2006  E1.50 INCH       DUNN               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0627 PM     HAIL             EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  M1.00 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0628 PM     HAIL             SPRING VALLEY           44.85N 92.24W 
07/24/2006  E1.75 INCH       PIERCE             WI   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

0630 PM     HAIL             ELK MOUND               44.88N 91.69W 
07/24/2006  M1.00 INCH       DUNN               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0632 PM     TSTM WND DMG     EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006                   EAU CLAIRE         WI   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            SCATTERED POWER LINES AND TELEPHONE LINES FELLED FROM 3 
            MILES WEST OF EAU CLAIRE TO THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF 
            TOWN. 

0635 PM     HAIL             EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  M0.75 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            LOCATED ON WEST SIDE OF TOWN.

0643 PM     HAIL             EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            HAIL OCCURRED ON WEST SIDE OF EAU CLAIRE...AND LASTED FOR
            ABOUT 10 MINUTES. 

0645 PM     HAIL             EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  E1.00 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            HAIL OCCURRED OVER WESTERN PORTION OF EAU CLAIRE.

0645 PM     HAIL             SPRING VALLEY           44.85N 92.24W 
07/24/2006  E2.00 INCH       PIERCE             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            TWO TO THREE INCH BRANCHES WERE ALSO REPORTED DOWN. 

0645 PM     HAIL             EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  E1.00 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0645 PM     HAIL             1 NE EAU CLAIRE         44.83N 91.48W 
07/24/2006  E0.75 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0651 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MENOMONIE               44.89N 91.91W 
07/24/2006                   DUNN               WI   AMATEUR RADIO   

            EIGHT INCH TREE DOWN AT HIGH SCHOOL.

0655 PM     FLASH FLOOD      ALTOONA                 44.81N 91.44W 
07/24/2006                   EAU CLAIRE         WI   AMATEUR RADIO   

            CARS STALLED IN AT LEAST 1 FOOT OF WATER BETWEEN EAU 
            CLAIRE AND ALTOONA NEAR FAIRFAX STREET. BOAT FLOATED OFF 
            OF TRAILER. 

0730 PM     HAIL             EAU CLAIRE              44.82N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  E1.00 INCH       EAU CLAIRE         WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            ON WEST SIDE OF EAU CLAIRE.

0830 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BLOOMER                 45.10N 91.49W 
07/24/2006  M2.50 INCH       CHIPPEWA           WI   TRAINED SPOTTER 

            2.50 INCHES OF RAIN BETWEEN 700 PM AND 830 PM.

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