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For April 19
(for Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and Western Wisconsin)
  • In 2008, a cold front moved across the region April 16th and eventually became stationary just to the south and east of the region, from Lower Michigan southwest to Kansas. Rain developed along and north of this boundary, resulting in an extended period of moderate to heavy rain for the region (17th-19th). Because the rain fell over an extended period, very few flooding problems occurred. Most rivers and streams saw in bank rises with only some very minor flooding at a couple of locations along the Turkey River in northeast Iowa and the Black River in western Wisconsin. Some rainfall totals from this event include: In IA: Waukon (2.62”), Elkader (2.59”), Volga (2.40”), Lansing (2.35”), Edgewood (2.33”), Garber (2.30”), Fayette (2.29”), Strawberry Point (2.20”) and Guttenberg (2.11”). In MN: Preston (2.76”), Winona (2.55”), La Crescent (2.20”), Caledonia (2.12”), Lanesboro (2.10”) and Spring Valley (2.07”). In WI: Tempealeau (2.65”), Galesville (2.38”), Steuben (2.38”), Boscobel (2.21”), Prairie du Chien (2.18”) and Holmen (2.14”).
  • In 1957, an F4 tornado skipped across Juneau County, WI and it moved from NewLisbon to 5 miles north of Necedah. When it briefly hit a farm, it destroyed a small home. The house "exploded" killing a man as it was blown away. An F3 tornado touched down just northwest of Kendall. It destroyed small buildings on about a dozen farms. On three farms, all buildings were destroyed except the house. On one farm, only the kitchen was left standing. Farm animals were killed. Also, on this date, an F2 tornado touched down in Holmen, WI and an F0 tornado occurred in Winneshiek county, IA.
  • In 1966, an F2 tornado touched down 1.5 miles west of Hillsboro, WI and moved northeast to the Elroy, WI area where it lifted. It caused no injuries or deaths.
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