On the 16th
June 1992, a devastating Tornado ravaged elements of southwest Minnesota (MN). Normally
known as the Chandler-Lake Wilson, MN Tornado.
This Tornado destroyed
more than seventy five homes with another ninety homes, ten businesses, a
church + a school suffered damaged.
Fifty million dollars in damage was caused, forty people suffered injuries and one person was killed by the Tornado.
Based upon a comprehensive
damage assessment by the National Weather Service, it’s assessed this F5/EF-5
Tornado had winds in excess of two hundred and sixty miles per hour as it swept
through the residential area of Chandler, MN.
Fun fact for you all! This was the only
F5/EF-5 to strike in the United States in 1992.
Wilson Tornado touched down shortly after 5:00pm initially near Leota, MN. The
Tornado obliterated a two house farmstead just east of Leota as it strengthened
and churned its way toward Chandler and Lake Wilson.
Suffice to say
the Tornado reached its greatest size and strength as it headed over the hill
and directly south of Chandler, churning its way into the residential area of
west Chandler at 5:18pm approximately.
The enormous Tornado
was on the ground for well over an hour, travelling around thirty five miles
across southwest MN, from northwest Nobles County, through Murray County and
into southeast Lyon County.
for you all! The Tornado had a maximum width of three-quarters of a mile wide
in the area of Chandler-Lake Wilson area.
The Tornado was a part of a major severe weather event that swept across the northern Plains that week. You can read more on that here.
Clearer version of the above video can be found below.
Find more of our articles on Tornadoes
that have struck the state of Minnesota here.
Yesterday and today marks the fifty
first anniversary of the outbreak.
The May 15th
-16th 1968 Tornado outbreak was a significant and deadly
event. The outbreak of Tornadoes affected the states listed below.
This outbreak produced thirty nine Tornadoes from 3:28pm on the 15th May till 2:50am on the 16th May. This included two F5/EF-5 Tornadoes in Iowa1.
1: The first
F5/EF-5 Tornado swept through five counties and sixty five miles. It affected
Charles City just before 5:00pm. This particular Tornado destroyed much of the
area. Damage figures were estimated up to thirty million dollars in Charles
City alone whilst one point five million dollars in damage was recorded
elsewhere. This F5/EF-5 killed thirteen people and injured almost four hundred
and sixty people.
featured photo of this article is that of the F5/EF-5 that struck Charles City –
however the photo was captured two miles southwest of the city by Floyd County
The second F5/EF-5
Tornado affected Fayette County at around 4:57pm. It destroyed or damaged
nearly a thousand homes. The hardest hit areas were Oelwein and Maynard where
homes were completely swept away from their foundations. Five people were
killed by this F5/EF-5 whilst one hundred and sixty were injured.
These were two
of four F5/EF-5 Tornadoes that struck the United States during the year of 1968
– the other two; southwestern Ohio on the 23rd April and Minnesota
on the 13th June. The next and last official F5/EF-5 Tornado that
touched down in Iowa was in Jordan on the 13th June 1976.
The thirty nine
Tornadoes spawned during this outbreak killed seventy two people and caused twelve
hundred injuries. You can find more details on the outbreak here.
In the footage below, watch the moment the 2010 Wilkin County, Minnesota Tornado shreds a house to pieces.
for the above, which Timmer put together, explains everything you need to know –
“Storm chaser Andy Gabrielson caught
this spectacular, up-close Tornado footage in western Minnesota on Saturday,
August 7, 2010.
This obviously violent Tornado caused
extensive damage in Wilkin County and was rated EF-4.
Andy reports that the
residents of the house that was destroyed were not home at the time.”
The late and legendary
Andy Gabrielson lost his life in a tragic accident in Oklahoma – February 2012.
prayers and love continue to be with Gabrielson’s family and friends. Gabrielson
was a well-respected chaser who had gone the distance1 to intercept
1: One hundred
and eighty thousand miles in twenty four states resulting in one hundred and
fifty Tornado intercepts.
Suffice to say Gabrielsonwas and still is the most successful well-known
chaser “celebrities” – quote comes from AccuWeather.
However, he did
not care one bit about the limelight (which we loved about him), he was doing
what he was to document for science and save lives.
With that being said, we’re going to be closing on a quote from website lead, Jamie Simms.
“Andy was one of a handful of chasers I started watching when my interest grew. Whilst I didn’t know him personally, I could tell he was a true professional, polite and dedicated to his craft. My thoughts, prayers and love continue to be with his family and friends!”