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Published April 23, 2012, 06:56 PM

Family cleaning up after Wilkin County tornadoes

Wilkin County, MN (WDAY TV) - Some people are cleaning up today, after 3 tornados touched down in Clay, Wilkin, and Otter Tail Counties Saturday afternoon. Despite the tornadoes and a number of funnel clouds, not one warning was issued.

Some people are cleaning up today, after 3 tornados touched down in Clay, Wilkin, and Otter Tail Counties Saturday afternoon. Despite the tornadoes and a number of funnel clouds, not one warning was issued.

The tornado that touched down here in Wilkin County just south of Kent did not have a warning and it was strong enough to take the roof off the pole barn behind me on the Miranowski Farm. Today they told me of what happened Saturday Afternoon.

While standing in there barn, the Miranowskis watched the cloud lower over these trees come down and lift there trampoline up on to their roof and break it into bits. The twister then took out an oil tank right next to the barn they were in and then when it hit their pole barn they said it was like the roof exploded. Pieces of the roof ended up in a neighbor’s yard. A piece of which was firmly imbedded in a tree.

This is video of a similar tornado from around the same time just southeast of Glyndon, Minnesota. The National Weather Service put out a special weather statement for cold air funnels, but no warnings.

While not true cold air funnels because they occurred with thunderstorms in the warm sector of the storm, they were also not tornados in the classic sense as they did not have the typical upper air features. Because these tornados formed in the lower part of the atmosphere they weren't detected by the Doppler radar. So the weather service didn't even know about the storms until they had moved out of the area.

John Wheeler – Chief Meteorologist: “When that radar bean leaves Mayville, it's at a 1/2 a degree off the horizon, which right around Mayville is very low to the ground. As it get down to say around Fargo Moorhead, because it's half a degree off the horizon, it's now about 4500 feet above the ground. By the time it gets down into southern Otter Tail County it’s about 7000 feet above the ground.”

Now any large and violent tornados are going to go high into the atmosphere and will be seen anywhere in our area by the Doppler radar. This tornado here was rated an EF0 with winds of 70 to 80 mph.

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