Years ago I took one of these classes called Skywarn, where you can learn how to correctly identify severe weather. This is very useful to the National Weather Service, as they always can use weather spotters that know what they are looking for. It's also very useful information for you as well if you spend time outdoors.
The first full day of Summer brought with it some bumpy weather for the Twin Ports region. Strong early morning storms brought heavy rain, wind, and hail and a second round in the afternoon brought what appears to be a funnel cloud to Duluth.
Even though I am sharing this information with you, I KNOW that when I hear the sirens blow to signify the start of the drill/test this Thursday, I will wonder (usually out loud to myself), "what are those going off for now?" You should know it's just a test, here is the schedule.
I've never seen a tornado like this. This took place on June 18th, 2014, and was filmed by TVNweather.com. They got some great footage of a large tornado and it's multiple vortices. It is a must see video!
Earlier this week an EF4 tornado ripped throw Pilger, Nebraska. Gene Willers, a Midwest Bank President rushed his staff of eight into the bank vault to take shelter, but there was a problem. Someone would have to remain outside to lock it. Gene took that responsibility himself.
Waterspouts are generally a warm-season phenomenon, appearing over large bodies of water like Lake Superior. Saturday afternoon (December 7), multiple cold air waterspouts were spotted near Knife River, north of Duluth on the Minnesota North Shore.