June 18, 2006 Hartford Tornado

On Sunday afternoon, June 18, 2006,  a rapidly developing, but rather small thunderstorm produced a brief F1(Fujita Scale) tornado that touched down near Rubicon at about 2:27 PM. The tornado then moved into the western city limits of Hartford by 2:30 PM and the south side of Hartford by 2:36 PM.  The F1 rating is a preliminary rating based on an on-site investigation from a National Weather Service employee visiting family in the area.   The worst damage was on the south side of Hartford where a motel and elementary school suffered significant roof damage. 


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Below is a plot of the tornado path along with a Local Storm Report summary pertinent to the event.

Tornado path

tornado path
Detail of tornado damage path through Hartford



PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
524 PM CDT SUN JUN 18 2006

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0227 PM TORNADO 1 S RUBICON 43.33N 88.46W
06/18/2006 DODGE WI PUBLIC

PUBLIC REPORTED DEBRIS SWIRLING IN THE AIR NEAR HWY 60
AND COUNTY ROAD P.

0232 PM TORNADO 1 S HARTFORD 43.31N 88.39W
06/18/2006 WASHINGTON WI TRAINED SPOTTER

HOTEL HEAVILY DAMAGED ON MONROE AVENUE...WITH STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE OTHER BUILDINGS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF
THE CITY.

0236 PM TORNADO 1 S HARTFORD 43.31N 88.39W
06/18/2006 WASHINGTON WI NWS EMPLOYEE

SILVER BELLE MOTEL ON GRAND AVENUE...PORTION OF ROOF AND
WALL COLLAPSED. ROOF DAMAGE TO LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ON RURAL ST. OTHER STRUCTURES WITH ROOF DAMAGE. POWER
LINES AND MULTIPLE TREES DOWN. APPROX. TRACK OF
TORNADO...CAME IN SOUTH OF HWY 60 AND POND RD...TO THE
SOUTH OF WACKER DR...SOUTHEAST ACROSS HWY 83...THEN
ACROSS COUNTY ROAD K. PRELIMINARY RATING OF F1.

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