GRANT COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - September tornadoes – like the one that landed on a Grant County farm Tuesday night – are relatively rare in Wisconsin.
Todd Shea of the National Weather Service says only 8 percent of all twisters in the Badger State occur in September.
In the agency’s La Crosse region, the last September tornado was in 2005 – and Sparta had the one before that, 4 years earlier.
Wisconsin’s worst September twister was an EF-3 storm which hit Ladysmith on Labor Day in 2002. No one died, but the storm caused around $20 million in damage – much of it in downtown Ladysmith.
Tuesday night’s twister had an EF-2 rating. It destroyed a home and several outbuildings on a single farm about two miles northwest of Bloomington.
The Weather Service said the twister stayed on the ground for two minutes and never left the property.
Shea said the localized damage was very unusual – and even rarer than the numbers of twisters during September. No one was hurt in Tuesday’s storm.