Weather Forecast


Storm 6/20 Wilkin and OtterTail County

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funnel cloud2 / 28
Storm at a great distance seen from Fergus Falls3 / 28
Heavy Rain from rotating supercell4 / 28
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low clouds and heavy rain6 / 28
Hail on Lake Buchanon7 / 28
more hail on Lake Buchanon8 / 28
Low hanging cloud with some rotation9 / 28
Turbulence in the clouds10 / 28
Funnel cloud near Wolverton, MN11 / 28
Storm seen from the Red River12 / 28
Inflow cloud. Sort of a wall cloud.13 / 28
Inflow into Supercell. Sort of a wall cloud.14 / 28
Possible a funnel cloud or maybe just a low cloud being drawn up into the circulation.15 / 28
Funnel cloud16 / 28
Funnel Cloud17 / 28
Funnel Cloud18 / 28
Exploding Cumulonimbus cloud19 / 28
Low cloud debris being drawn into circulation. This is not a wall cloud.20 / 28
Nice view of big storm seen from the west. Sun illuminating cloud makes it look white.21 / 28
Cloud with rainbow22 / 28
Cloud with rainbow23 / 28
Heavy rain, rotating cloud.24 / 28
Nice view of very turbulent storm25 / 28
Low hanging clouds26 / 28
Beautiful cloud... Big storm.27 / 28
Wall cloud near Bernesville28 / 28

A thunderstorm formed near Christine, ND, around 3 pm on the afternoon of June 20.  the storm quickly began rotating, forming a funnel cloud which was visible from miles around.  The storm tracked east toward Pelican Rapids, then curved southeast, passing out of Otter Tail County south of Wadena.  Although a wall cloud was visible and funnel clouds formed a few times, the storm never made a tornado.  There were many great photographs made of the storm.

John Wheeler
John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.
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