Weak Tornado Near St. Leo on March 31st

A weak tornado was confirmed Monday in St. Leo, MN (see map below).  A few farmsteads sustained damage.  There were no injuries or fatalities.

Tornadoes have occurred in March in the past, but are rare. Below is some interesting tornado statistics for the month of March.

* Before today, only 20 March tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota during the modern era (since 1950).
* The earliest known March tornado in MN was 3-18-1968 about 10 miles SE of St. James in Watonwan County. It was an F2.
* 14 of the 20 MN March tornadoes were on 3-29-98. Comfrey, St Peter, Le Center, and Lonsdale were all hit in addition to nearby rural areas. A terrible day with 2 deaths.
* The most recent March tornado in MN before today was 3-19-2012 near Elysian. Rated EF-0. On ground 6.5 miles in Waseca & Le Sueur Counties.

Here is a video of the tornado taken between the towns of Minneota and St. Leo, courtesy of the Lyon County Office of Emergency Management.


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