Coon Rapids-Blaine, MN F2 Tornado – September 21, 2005

There were 4 tornadoes confirmed on September 21, 2005, all in the state of Minnesota. A series of supercells pushed through the east central part of the state producing not only the tornadoes but large hail, flashing flooding and widespread wind damage. This summary looks at the strongest tornado to occur, an F2 in Anoka County. Along with the tornado, the NWS Twin Cities stated “a rear flank downdraft was also responsible for causing damage in parts of Coon Rapids and Blaine.”

Gary-Fosston-Clearbrook, MN F2 (F3) Tornado – July 5, 1978

During the early morning hours of July 5, 1978, a family of tornadoes moved through parts of Norman, Mahnomen, Polk and Clearwater Counties in Minnesota. Officially, the SPC Database lists a rating of F2. Thomas Grazulis though has a rating of F3. It was a devastating event that covered 55-60 miles or more (there are discrepancies on the path length). Four fatalities were reported and 40+ injuries.