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Lori and Kevin Frith

Weak Tornado near Devils Lake

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A weak tornado touched down outside of Devils Lake a little before 1:30 this afternoon.  The tornado was spawned by a weak shower.  Although there was plenty of rain in the area, the rain showers were neither strong nor tall.  Weak rotation caused this brief spin up of a tornado.  No damage was reported and from appearances, only minor damage would have resulted had this tornado hit any structures.  There remains a possibility of additional weak tornadoes this afternoon in northeast North Dakota.  Stronger storms further southeast, especially in central Minnesota, may produce stronger tornadoes late this afternoon and this evening.  Meteorologist John Wheeler

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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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