Confirmed Tornadoes From June 7th

The NWS has confirmed, in partnership with spotters and law enforcement, six tornadoes from Saturday June 7th.

The first tornado occurred around 5:45 p.m. CDT in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, near Barre Mills and was surveyed by a National Weather Service meteorologist on Sunday.  The tornado touched down initially just east of Russian Coulee road, approx. 2 miles east of Barre Mills destroying one metal barn and partially unroofing another.  The tornado then proceeded over a hill and moved through another farmstead destroying yet another barn and unroofing an adjacent house.  Both soft and hardwood trees were either snapped or uprooted.  It then crossed a wooded area near County Road II, and then crossed Highway 162 before dissipating.

The path of this tornado was 5.5 miles long with an average width of 600 feet.  It has been assigned an EF1 rating (estimated wind speeds of 90 to 110 mph).  Several nearby neighbors saw the tornado as it moved through both farmsteads.

There was also wind damage along and south of the path, about a half mile south at times.  Windows were blown out of a house and trees were uprooted from gusts estimated of 50 to 70 mph.

A second tornado apparently touched down about 1 mile or two south of Liberty Pole, WI in rural Vernon County.  This tornado hit a machine shed and tossed machinery into the air in addition to hitting nearby trees.  It will be rated an EF0. 

Another tornado touched down in Grant County across the Wisconsin River from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. The tornado touch down was brief, as witnessed by a Grant County sheriff, and in a fairly remote area of Wisconsin DNR managed land. The touch down was about 1.8 miles south of Wauzeka in northern Grant County at 1:52 pm. The tornado will be recorded as an EF0 intensity  (65 to 85 mph winds). This supercell thunderstorm continued to produce funnels on its track east along the Wisconsin River through Boscobel and Muscoda. No additional tornadoes have been confirmed however.  

A fourth tornado was confirmed to briefly touch down in northwest Houston County just south of the Winona-Houston County line at 450 pm on Saturday. The tornado was seen by a resident and confirmed by law enforcement in the area. No damage was reported with this EF0 tornado (65 to 85 mph winds).

A fifth tornado was confirmed by law enforcement and spotters in Staceyville, Iowa between 445 pm and 450 pm on Saturday. The tornado was on the ground briefly and no damage was found and therefore was rated an EF0. The police chief in Staceyville was able to photograph the tornado about 2-3 miles northwest of the town just within the Iowa border.  

A sixth tornado, and perhaps the first one of the day, hit rural southeast Adams County, Wisconsin and crossed into Marquette County, WI about 2.5 miles north of Briggsville.  Time is approx. about 157 p.m. and will likely be rated an EF0, although EF1 damage was reported in Marquette County from the same tornado.



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