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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF0
-- Length 5.34 Miles
-- Width 50 Yards
State WISCONSIN
County/Area COLUMBIA
WFO MKX
Report Source Amateur Radio
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-06-12 15:34:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 1WNW CAMBRIA
Begin Lat/Lon 43.56/-89.12
End Date 2008-06-12 15:43:00.0 CST-6
End Location 3ESE FRIESLAND
End Lat/Lon 43.56/-89.02
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A series of clusters of strong to severe storms ahead of a cold front moved east/northeast across south-central and sourtheast Wisconsin. Copious amounts of moisture were available that allowed repeated heavy rains. Additionally, there was sufficient vertical wind shear to allow for the generation of supercell thunderstorms with rotating updrafts that led to seven tornadoes in this part of the state of Wisconsin. The flooding rains constituted the 2nd round/punch of heavy rains that led to more widespread and severe flash flooding and record-setting river flooding (1st punch was Jun 7-9, 2008).
The axis of heavy rains on June 12th extended from Lafayette County northeast through Dane County to eastern Green Lake County and western Fond du Lac County. Generally 4 to 6 inches fell in this area, with 1 to 4 inches elsewhere. The generous rains in June at Milwuakee led to a montly total of 12.27 inches. This easily broke the record for highest June rainfall total. The previous record was 10.13 inches, set in 1917, and also makes June, 2008, the wettest month ever at Milwaukee.
The Rock River crested at all-time record high levels at the following gauage sites: Waupun (10.07' on 6/13), Horicon (10.29' on 6/17), Watertown (7.81' on 6/13), Jefferson (15.64' on 6/18), Ft. Atkinson (10.85' on 6/21), Newville (15.12' on 6/21), Indianford (18.33' on 6/21), and Afton (13.51' on 6/21). Likewise, the Crawfish River set a new all-time high crest of 13.59' on 6/16 at Milford, and Beaver Dam Creek set a new record of 843.53' on 6/16 at Beaver Dam. Other, new, all-time record high crests include 4.47' on 6/9 on the Bark River at Rome, 4.95' on 6/13 on the Mukwonago River at Mukwonago, 11.41' on 6/8 on Oak Creek in South Milwaukee, 13.93' on 6/13 on the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg, 13.54' on 6/15 on the Fox River at Burlington, and 15.18' on 6/15 on the Fox River at New Munster.
High water levels generaged major road blocks, for various periods, on Interstate 94 in Jefferson and Waukesha Counties, on Interstate 894 in Milwaukee, and on Interstate 39/90/94 in Columbia County near Portage. Most inland lakes rose to high levels that resulted in minor shoreline damage to piers, etc.
Event Narrative This tornado affected only agricultural land and resulted in crop and tree damage as it moved east. This tornado spun up on a creek just northeast of the intersection of Vaugn Road and Engleheart Road, and dissipated about 1/4 mile east of the intersection of STH 33 and Dillman Road. The starting and ending locations, with respect to pairs of lat/long numbers, were 43.56074/-89.12348 and 43.56435/-8901686. Average path width was about 30 yards. DI#28 (TS), DOD2. Wind speed estimated at about 65 knots (75 mph).


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 0 16.164M 87.570M
DOWNTOWN JANESVILLE ROCK CO. WI 06/12/2008 12:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
DELAVAN WALWORTH CO. WI 06/12/2008 12:24 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 54 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELKHORN WALWORTH CO. WI 06/12/2008 12:55 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
DELAVAN WALWORTH CO. WI 06/12/2008 13:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 525.60K 4.250M
EAST TROY WALWORTH CO. WI 06/12/2008 13:10 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 78 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
REWEY IOWA CO. WI 06/12/2008 13:40 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAYTON GREEN CO. WI 06/12/2008 14:20 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COBB IOWA CO. WI 06/12/2008 14:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 2.83K 500.00K
DARLINGTON LAFAYETTE CO. WI 06/12/2008 14:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 462.16K 300.00K
JUDA GREEN CO. WI 06/12/2008 14:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
BARABOO SAUK CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARDEEVILLE COLUMBIA CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:14 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEAVER DAM DODGE CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:19 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIPON FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIPON FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:25 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAKE GENEVA WALWORTH CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:30 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIPON FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 1.35K 17.000M
CAMBRIA COLUMBIA CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:34 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MANCHESTER GREEN LAKE CO. WI 06/12/2008 15:42 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARGYLE LAFAYETTE CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:00 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELLEVILLE DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 10.00K
JORDAN GREEN CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:01 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POSTVILLE GREEN CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:15 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONTICELLO GREEN CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:25 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELLEVILLE DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:27 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ATTICA GREEN CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:30 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOND DU LAC FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:30 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ORFORDVILLE ROCK CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:45 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 462.16K 300.00K
OREGON DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 16:50 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EVANSVILLE ROCK CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:00 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
IRON RIDGE DODGE CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:05 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALDO SHEBOYGAN CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:15 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 402.30K 300.00K
UTICA DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:19 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAYVILLE DODGE CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:25 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MEQUON OZAUKEE CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 462.16K 300.00K
ADELL SHEBOYGAN CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:44 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UTICA DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:56 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STOUGHTON DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 17:59 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MC FARLAND DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 18:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 10.00K
LAKE MILLS JEFFERSON CO. WI 06/12/2008 18:06 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UTICA DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 18:08 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CONCORD JEFFERSON CO. WI 06/12/2008 18:09 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UTICA DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 18:12 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAMP RANDALL STADIUM DANE CO. WI 06/12/2008 19:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 13.540M 64.600M
ELDORADO FOND DU LAC CO. WI 06/12/2008 20:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
WALES WAUKESHA CO. WI 06/12/2008 20:20 CST-6 Flash Flood 1 0 25.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 0 16.164M 87.570M