A violent tornado moved through parts of Portage and Waupaca Counties in Wisconsin on September 26, 1951. It was 1 of 3 tornadoes confirmed on this date and 1 of 2 given a rating of F4. Most of the time, the tornado was in Waupaca County.
6 tornadoes were confirmed on September 2, 2002, all in the state of Wisconsin. There were 2 F0s, 2 F1s, 1 F2 and 1 F3. We take a look at that F3 in this summary. The tornado struck around 420pm on Labor Day 2002 just to the west of downtown Ladysmith.
Two tornadoes were confirmed on August 31, 1977. The strongest traveled through a good part of Marathon County, WI. There is a discrepancy in the rating.
A strong F3 tornado moved just over 5 miles through parts of Door County, WI on August 22, 1998. It occurred during the evening time and lasted 14 minutes. According to the NWS Green Bay summary of the event, the width fluctuated from 1/4 to over 1/2 mile at times.
14 tornadoes are recorded in the SPC Database for August 22, 1964. They hit parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. The strongest was an F4 that crossed through parts of Ozaukee County, WI and the town of Port Washington.
The path began just south of Kendall. A barn was destroyed and a home damaged. It moved into Juneau County and toward the town of New Lisbon. The Bader Trailer Courts were hit on the northern edge of town.
It was an F3 that developed quickly, tracked about 1 mile and hit portions of Dane County, WI. It moved SE to the Northwest shore of Lake Mendota and lifted over the lake. Three cottages were destroyed and several other homes were damaged. Per Thomas Grazulis, “the cottages had appearance of F4 damage but probably not well constructed.”
This devastating event began at Cooks Valley, about 2 miles west of Bloomer. The tornado clipped the NW part of the town. Approximately 50 homes were demolished. 100-150 other homes and businesses sustained damaged. The tornado traveled a total of 19-20 miles.
A violent F5 tornadoes with estimated winds of 265 mph struck the village of Oakfield, WI during the afternoon of July 18, 1996. There were no fatalities and 12 injuries.
During this tornado event, a neatly folded insurance policy was blown from a farm just south of Knapp to a rural Sheldon farm about 75-80 miles to the northeast. The policy owner was killed by the tornado.