A Whirlwind of Leaves: November 6, 2008

A deep area of low pressure was centered over West Central Minnesota around noon. A wedge of cold dry air wrapping around the low reached the Twin Cities around noon. This, combined with a frontal passage was marked by a strong, but brief gust of wind. The highest wind gust reported in the Twin Cities metro area was 60 mph at the St. Paul Airport, just east of downtown St. Paul. There were scattered reports of damage in eastern and southeastern Minnesota. In addition to the wind, the temperature dropped seven degrees in about 30 minutes at the U of M St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory from roughly 11am to 11:30am.

Below is a Local Storm Report courtesy the Chanhassen National Weather Service.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
106 PM CST THU NOV 06 2008

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

0958 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 SW STEELE CENTER      43.91N 93.23W
11/06/2008  M50.00 MPH       STEELE             MN   MESONET

            MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR ON I-35 AT MILE POST 30.

1035 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG FARIBAULT               44.30N 93.27W
11/06/2008                   RICE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SCATTERED TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN.

1047 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 W NEW PRAGUE          44.55N 93.61W
11/06/2008  M49.00 MPH       SCOTT              MN   MESONET

            MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR ON MN-19.

1052 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST STANTON                 44.47N 93.02W
11/06/2008  M63.00 MPH       GOODHUE            MN   MESONET

            MEASURED AT STANTON AIRFIELD.

1126 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST EDEN PRAIRIE            44.85N 93.46W
11/06/2008  M50.00 MPH       HENNEPIN           MN   MESONET

            MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR AT INTERSECTION OF I-494 AND HWY
            5.

1130 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 N EDEN PRAIRIE        44.89N 93.45W
11/06/2008                   HENNEPIN           MN   PUBLIC

            TREES DOWN AND TOWNHOMES DAMAGED NEAR BAKER ROAD AND HWY
            62.

1131 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 SE ST PAUL            44.93N 93.08W
11/06/2008  M52.00 MPH       DAKOTA             MN   MESONET

            52 MPH WIND GUST RECORDED AT HUMBOLDT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.


1134 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST ST PAUL                 44.95N 93.10W
11/06/2008  M60.00 MPH       RAMSEY             MN   ASOS

            52 KT GUST RECORDED AT ST PAUL HOLMAN FIELD.

1140 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG MAPLE GROVE             45.11N 93.46W
11/06/2008                   HENNEPIN           MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TELEPHONE POLES DOWN.

1140 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG BROOKLYN PARK           45.11N 93.35W
11/06/2008                   HENNEPIN           MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            ROOF COLLAPSE REPORTED IN VICINITY OF 85TH AND HWY 252.

1150 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 SW SCANDIA            45.21N 92.85W
11/06/2008                   WASHINGTON         MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            1 1/2 FT DIAMETER OAK TREE DOWN ALONG EAST BAY OF BIG
            MARINE LAKE.