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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 13 2013

Weather Talk: Tornadoes occasionally occur ‘out of season’

A tornado briefly touched down south of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon. The tornado was weak, and damage was minimal.

Many would say September is out of tornado season, but this is not entirely true. Although the vast majority of tornadoes in our area happen from May through August, there are occasional rogue tornadoes in other months.

Historically, September ranks fifth (after May) in tornado occurrences. Tornadoes in April, October and even November have occurred but are quite rare.

There is no record of a tornado in eastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota during the winter season, although a tornado outbreak occurred as far north as Iowa during January 1967.

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