The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Green Bay, and Duluth have conducted storm surveys of the worst storm damaged areas from Sunday in the TV-9 viewing area. As it turns out the strongest rated tornado was EF-2 across Monroe and northern Juneau County. The tornado produced high end EF-1 damage in southern Wood and Portage Counties.
BELOW IS THE STORM SURVEY FROM THE LA CROSSE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
330 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011
…STORM SURVEY RESULTS FOR MONROE/JUNEAU/WOOD WISCONSIN COUNTIES…
ONE OF SEVERAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS EXAMINED
DAMAGE IN PARTS OF MONROE…JUNEAU AND WOOD COUNTIES IN WESTERN AND
CENTRAL WISCONSIN FROM STORMS THAT HIT THE AREA ON SUNDAY MAY 22ND.
DAMAGE WAS FIRST NOTICED ABOUT 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF TOMAH NEAR
COUNTY ROAD M. INITIALLY AN EF0 TORNADO…IT CROSSED INTERSTATE 94
NORTH OF TOMAH. IT PROCEEDED EAST NORTHEAST CAUSING SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE TO A HOUSE ALONG DOLPHIN ROAD NORTHEAST OF TOMAH. THIS AREA
EXPERIENCED EF2 DAMAGE WITH WIND SPEEDS AROUND 120 MPH. THE PATH
CONTINUED THROUGH MAINLY WOODED AREAS BETWEEN TOMAH AND MATHER
CROSSING HIGHWAY 173 ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MATHER.
THE TORNADO TRACK CROSSED COUNTY ROAD H AND ENTERED THE WEST SIDE OF
THE NECEDAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE BETWEEN MATHER AND FINLEY. THE
TORNADO BEGAN TO INCREASE IN INTENSITY AND SIZE…BUT STILL WAS AN
EF1 CAUSING MAINLY DAMAGE TO TREES.
ABOUT A MILE AND HALF SOUTH OF FINLEY…THE TORNADO CROSSED HIGHWAY
80 AND CONTINUED TO GROW IN SIZE. THE DAMAGE PATH WAS A HALF MILE
WIDE AS IT APPROACHED COUNTY ROAD F EAST OF FINLEY. MANY TREES WERE
SNAPPED OR BLOWN DOWN ALONG AND NEAR COUNTY ROAD F…SOME FALLING ON
ANOTHER AREA OF EF2 DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO A CRANBERRY BUSINESS EAST OF
FINLEY WHERE NEARLY ALL OUTBUILDINGS AND SHEDS WERE DEMOLISHED AND
TOSSED INTO NEARBY FIELDS. A LOADING DECK PLATFORM ALONG WITH TRUCKS
WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED. THICK WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED OR
SHEARED OFF FOR A HALF MILE STRETCH. OTHER NEARBY HOMES HAD MINOR
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST TOWARDS THE WOOD-JUNEAU COUNTY LINE
AND WEAKENED AS IT DID. MAINLY EF0 DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO MAINLY TREES
WITH SOME MINOR ROOF OR SIDING DAMAGE. A BULK OF THE TREE DAMAGE WAS
RELATED TO WINDS AROUND THE SIDE OF THE STORM AS IT MOVED INTO WOOD
COUNTY WISCONSIN SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST OF NEKOOSA.
THE GREEN BAY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS STILL CONDUCTING DAMAGE
SURVEYS IN WOOD COUNTY TO COMPARE TRACKS.
TOTAL TRACK LENGTH…….. 37 MILES
ESTIMATED TIME ON GROUND.. 515 PM TO 605 PM
STRONGEST EF DAMAGE……. LOWER-END EF2…WINDS OF 120 MPH
MAXIMUM WIDTH…………. 800 YARDS
BELOW YOU WILL FIND THE STORM SURVEY FROM THE GREEN BAY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
The National Weather Service in Green Bay completed a damage survey across southern Wood and Portage counties and found evidence of a tornado that struck during the evening of May 22.
The tornado entered Wood County just west of the Wisconsin River at about 6:05 pm. The tornado hit a campground just east of the river about three miles south of Nekoosa. Over 100 pine trees were snapped and uprooted on the campground, some two feet in diameter. Several camper vehicles were damaged by fallen trees. The tornado was seen by campground visitors just before 6:15 pm. The tornado continued east-northeast and snapped or uprooted hundreds of additional trees south of Wisconsin Rapids. The storm damaged at least three homes and several other outbuildings about six miles south-southeast of Wisconsin Rapids. This area experienced high-end EF1 damage with winds at least 95 to 105 mph.
The tornado continued into Portage County, mainly over farmland, where it continued to snap trees and overturn irrigation systems. About six miles south of Plover, a nearly half-mile long row of power poles were bent over. The tornado crossed I-39 at Coddington Road two miles west of Keene. The tornado grew to nearly 700 yards wide as it passed just north of Keene and damaged a farmstead. A silo was heavily damaged and barn flattened. Along the path, several more irrigation systems were overturned and hundreds of trees snapped or uprooted. This area also experienced high-end ef1 damage with winds of 100 to 110 mph. The tornado dissipated about nine miles southeast of Plover at about 6:46 pm.
This is preliminary information and may be updated as additional information is received and analysis completed.
BELOW IS THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION WE HAVE AS OF MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM DULUTH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
117 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011
…STORM SURVEY TEAM HEADED TO PRICE COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH IS DISPATCHING A STORM SURVEY
TEAM TODAY TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF TORNADOES IN AND AROUND PRICE
COUNTY…ALONG WITH SOME HAIL AND WIND DAMAGE REPORTS NEARBY. WE
WILL ALSO BE ASSISTING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE BY
SURVEYING REPORTS BACK INTO NORTHERN TAYLOR COUNTY.
MAIN AREA OF CONCERN:
* NEAR GILMAN WI /TAYLOR CO./ TO NEAR CATAWBA TO 8E PHILLIPS TO
2S PIKE LAKE /PRICE CO./
THIS TRACK IS BEING INVESTIGATED BASED ON RADAR ROTATION
SIGNATURES…SEVERAL REPORTS OF TORNADOES…AND NUMEROUS REPORTS
OF FUNNEL CLOUDS.
WILL ALSO BE SURVEYED:
* SE SAWYER CO. TO 13WNW PHILLIPS /PRICE CO./ TO 4N PARK FALLS
WE RECEIVED REPORTS OF LARGE…ACCUMULATING HAIL…SOME LEAVES
STRIPPED OFF TREES BY THE HAIL…AND SOME WIND DAMAGE TO TREES
AND OUTBUILDINGS. WE ARE INVESTIGATING WHETHER TO CATEGORIZE
THIS AS NON-TORNADIC WIND DAMAGE OR TORNADO DAMAGE.
IF YOU HAVE ANY REPORTS OF HAIL…WIND DAMAGE…OR FUNNEL CLOUDS AND
TORNADOES…WE WOULD APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION. YOU CAN CONTACT THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH BY CALLING 218-729-6697 EX. 7.
The Joplin, MO tornado is the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. in the past 60 years. We have had about 20 tornadoes already in Wisconsin this spring. Normal for the whole season is about 20. Typically June and July are our peak months of tornado activity, so we have a long way to go yet.
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on May 23, 2011