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The chance of earthquake damage in Baker is about the same as Minnesota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Baker is higher than Minnesota average and is higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #288

Baker, MN
0.01
Minnesota
0.01
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Baker, MN
0.0000
Minnesota
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #398

Baker, MN
147.30
Minnesota
135.90
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 2,202 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Baker, MN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:211Hail:1,123Heat:0Heavy Snow:0
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:0
Thunderstorm Winds:777Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:0
Other:91 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Baker, MN.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Baker, MN.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Baker, MN.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 43 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Baker, MN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.91952-07-16246°43'N / 96°32'W46°50'N / 96°25'W9.40 Miles333 Yards0025K0Aitkin
7.71959-06-09246°43'N / 96°33'W46°51'N / 96°19'W14.10 Miles150 Yards00250K0Clay
11.71957-06-20546°53'N / 96°46'W46°52'N / 96°14'W25.00 Miles400 Yards00250K0Clay
12.51975-06-28346°52'N / 96°35'W46°55'N / 96°34'W2.30 Miles1760 Yards00250K0Clay
12.72005-09-05246°42'N / 96°51'W46°42'N / 96°48'W4.00 Miles200 Yards0000Cass
 Brief Description: After strong winds and heavy rain hit a farmstead, a tornado followed closely behind. The tornado tracked intermittently along a 4 mile path. A 30 foot concrete silo was lifted and blown onto a machine shed. Concrete pieces spread in a 60 degree arc 40 to 50 feet from the foundation. One-half of the machine shed was demolished by silo debris. Numerous trees were also snapped off. A window was blown in and siding was ripped off the house. The peak wind speeds were estimated at 120 mph.
15.41950-06-15246°35'N / 96°20'W46°31'N / 96°20'W4.60 Miles67 Yards043K0Wilkin
15.41975-06-28446°52'N / 96°44'W46°57'N / 96°41'W5.40 Miles1320 Yards00250K0Clay
17.92002-06-19246°32'N / 96°17'W46°32'N / 96°17'W0.20 Mile25 Yards0025K0Wilkin
 Brief Description: A brief tornado touchdown demolished a 76x296 foot roof on a turkey barn.
19.41956-08-30346°54'N / 96°48'W46°59'N / 96°47'W5.10 Miles60 Yards08250K0Cass
19.41960-05-31246°52'N / 96°54'W000K0Cass
21.81955-07-02446°30'N / 97°00'W46°30'N / 96°48'W9.10 Miles150 Yards219250K0Richland
22.21955-07-02346°31'N / 96°42'W46°16'N / 96°32'W18.70 Miles440 Yards03250K0Wilkin
24.21996-06-05246°58'N / 96°13'W46°58'N / 96°12'W5.00 Miles100 Yards00250K50KClay
 Brief Description: Extensive damage to farm.
26.81957-06-20546°54'N / 97°21'W46°53'N / 96°46'W27.40 Miles500 Yards1010325.0M0Cass
28.81964-05-05246°36'N / 95°59'W46°38'N / 95°57'W013250K0Otter Tail
30.11964-06-08246°16'N / 97°08'W46°39'N / 97°01'W26.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Richland
30.32007-06-07246°34'N / 96°00'W46°40'N / 95°52'W7.00 Miles150 Yards000K0KOtter Tail
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near the southwest end of Lake Lida, crossed Lake Lida and Crystal Lake (moving north-northeast), and lifted around 4 miles west of Vergas. Several houses were structurally damaged on Lake Lida and Crystal Lake. Boats, docks, travel trailers, and mobile homes were lofted and completely destroyed. Numerous power poles and trees were snapped off, cutting power to nearly 400 customers. Peak winds were estimated at 130 to 135 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: By noon on the 7th, a surface low was located near Lake Park, Minnesota, with a trailing cold front extending back into extreme southeast North Dakota. An occluded front also extended to the northeast, toward the Bemidji, MN, area. Surface dew points pooled right around 60 F in the vicinity of the surface low with temperatures in the middle 70s. The cold front was strong for early June, with a noon temperature in Devils Lake, ND, of 48 degrees. This set up a strong surface thermal and moisture boundary along a Wahpeton-Breckenridge to Bemidji line. Storms initially fired across southeast ND and then spread into portions of west central and northwest MN. There was also strong upper level support for these storms, as one severe report north of Embden (in Cass County, ND) occurred well behind the surface boundary.
30.51965-05-05246°42'N / 97°12'W46°47'N / 97°12'W5.70 Miles83 Yards00250K0Cass
31.21965-05-05246°53'N / 97°19'W47°00'N / 96°56'W19.60 Miles83 Yards00250K0Cass
33.01959-06-10246°54'N / 97°12'W003K0Cass
34.21965-05-05246°47'N / 97°12'W46°53'N / 97°19'W8.50 Miles83 Yards00250K0Cass
34.41973-06-15346°52'N / 97°15'W00250K0Cass
34.51960-07-10247°00'N / 97°12'W46°54'N / 97°12'W6.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Cass
35.31960-08-25246°18'N / 97°00'W0025K0Richland
35.91953-05-29247°09'N / 96°56'W47°12'N / 96°52'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0025K0Cass
36.11974-07-13246°19'N / 96°04'W46°23'N / 95°57'W6.40 Miles500 Yards00250K0Otter Tail
37.32005-06-29246°22'N / 95°57'W46°23'N / 95°56'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0000Otter Tail
 Brief Description: The tornado flattened an older barn and uprooted several trees. Two people narrowly escaped the tornado as it hit the barn. The landowner reported that another tornado had hit another barn on same site back in 1933. Peak winds were estimated at 130 mph.
37.81976-08-19246°47'N / 97°21'W0.30 Mile20 Yards003K0Cass
39.91964-05-05346°08'N / 96°34'W46°08'N / 96°34'W003K0Wilkin
39.92010-08-07446°07'N / 96°33'W46°09'N / 96°31'W3.00 Miles600 Yards000K0KWilkin
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado began in Richland County, North Dakota, at 625 pm CDT, where it had a path length of 2.5 miles. It continued in Wilkin County, Minnesota, where it finally lifted about 2.5 miles southwest of Doran. The total path length was roughly five miles and peak winds were estimated at 175 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: By late in the day on the 7th, an east-west lying warm front had set up just north of the South Dakota border, extending eastward into west central Minnesota. South of the warm front, temperatures were in the mid to upper 80s with dew points in the lower 70s. Thunderstorms formed along and north of the warm front and several produced tornadoes.
40.62007-07-15246°30'N / 97°22'W46°27'N / 97°19'W3.00 Miles200 Yards001.0M1.0MRansom
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado cut a large gap in mature hardwood trees near the Sheyenne River and snapped several wooden power poles. Several sections of a large irrigation system were also tipped over. Peak winds were estimated at 115 mph. Some crops were damaged in Owego Township. EPISODE NARRATIVE: At 3 pm CST on the 15th, a stationary front was located from near Minot (ND) to Jamestown (ND) to near Sisseton (SD). South of the front, mid afternoon temperatures ranged in the mid 80s to lower 90s. To the north of the front, a meso-high had formed, with much cooler and drier air around it. The temperature across the boundary ranged from 89F at Minot, to 73F at Devils Lake, to 64F at Crookston. The upper air pattern had a western ridge and an eastern trough, putting the northern plains in northwest flow aloft. A strengthening upper jet also moved toward eastern North Dakota, giving this system good surface and upper level support. A supercell thunderstorm developed over southern Steele County around 530 pm CST and tracked across western Cass County and into eastern Ransom County before weakening after 7 pm CST. Then, another supercell thunderstorm formed over northern Steele County around 725 pm CST. This storm tracked just west of the path of the first storm, again mainly hitting central Steele County, western Cass County, and eastern Ransom County, before weakening around 915 pm CST. Both thunderstorms tracked south-southeast at speeds between 40 and 50 mph and spawned multiple tornadoes which were embedded within the overall downburst wind and hail pattern. The significant downburst wind and wind driven hail was seen in two partially overlapping paths, with each path from 5 to 7 miles wide and between 60 and 80 miles long (this damage path showed up clearly on satellite images). The strength of these winds is believed to have exceeded 80 mph with speeds over 100 mph in some localized areas. Hail sizes ranged from penny to hen egg sized. Most areas received considerable hail damage at the same time as the strong winds. Law enforcement officials and witnesses stated that the hail often persisted for longer than 5 minutes and completely covered the ground. The hail damaged roofs, windows, and siding in many homes along the damage path. Stripped and decimated corn, bean, and wheat fields were typical along the entire storm path too. The ND Farm Service Administration estimated losses occurred on over 700,000 acres in five counties. Total crop losses may exceed $250 million, with other property losses from $15 to $20 million. Cass and Steele Counties received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
42.22010-08-07446°06'N / 96°37'W46°06'N / 96°33'W3.00 Miles600 Yards000K0KRichland
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado touched down south of Tyler and tracked to the east for roughly 2.5 miles before crossing the Bois de Sioux River into Wilkin County, Minnesota. In Wilkin County, the tornado continued for another 2.5 miles and lifted about 650 pm CDT. The total track length was about 5 miles and peak winds were estimated at 175 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: By late in the day on the 7th, an east-west lying warm front had set up just north of the South Dakota border, extending eastward into west central Minnesota. South of the warm front, temperatures were in the mid to upper 80s with dew points in the lower 70s. Thunderstorms formed along and north of the warm front and several produced tornadoes.
42.21960-08-25246°42'N / 95°40'W0025K0Otter Tail
42.71964-05-05346°03'N / 96°36'W46°08'N / 96°34'W5.20 Miles440 Yards0110K0Richland
43.62007-07-15246°50'N / 97°27'W46°48'N / 97°29'W3.00 Miles150 Yards000.3M0KCass
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado toppled a barn, severely injuring a horse. It tumbled farm outbuildings and toppled one high voltage power tower. The tower was made of steel and had four footings. Peak winds were estimated at 125 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: At 3 pm CST on the 15th, a stationary front was located from near Minot (ND) to Jamestown (ND) to near Sisseton (SD). South of the front, mid afternoon temperatures ranged in the mid 80s to lower 90s. To the north of the front, a meso-high had formed, with much cooler and drier air around it. The temperature across the boundary ranged from 89F at Minot, to 73F at Devils Lake, to 64F at Crookston. The upper air pattern had a western ridge and an eastern trough, putting the northern plains in northwest flow aloft. A strengthening upper jet also moved toward eastern North Dakota, giving this system good surface and upper level support. A supercell thunderstorm developed over southern Steele County around 530 pm CST and tracked across western Cass County and into eastern Ransom County before weakening after 7 pm CST. Then, another supercell thunderstorm formed over northern Steele County around 725 pm CST. This storm tracked just west of the path of the first storm, again mainly hitting central Steele County, western Cass County, and eastern Ransom County, before weakening around 915 pm CST. Both thunderstorms tracked south-southeast at speeds between 40 and 50 mph and spawned multiple tornadoes which were embedded within the overall downburst wind and hail pattern. The significant downburst wind and wind driven hail was seen in two partially overlapping paths, with each path from 5 to 7 miles wide and between 60 and 80 miles long (this damage path showed up clearly on satellite images). The strength of these winds is believed to have exceeded 80 mph with speeds over 100 mph in some localized areas. Hail sizes ranged from penny to hen egg sized. Most areas received considerable hail damage at the same time as the strong winds. Law enforcement officials and witnesses stated that the hail often persisted for longer than 5 minutes and completely covered the ground. The hail damaged roofs, windows, and siding in many homes along the damage path. Stripped and decimated corn, bean, and wheat fields were typical along the entire storm path too. The ND Farm Service Administration estimated losses occurred on over 700,000 acres in five counties. Total crop losses may exceed $250 million, with other property losses from $15 to $20 million. Cass and Steele Counties received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
44.22004-09-05246°31'N / 95°41'W46°34'N / 95°38'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Otter Tail
 Brief Description: A tornado tracked through pasture, forest, and corn fields. Numerous trees were knocked down and one farmstead received extensive barn, shed, and home damage. Twelve head of cattle were killed. Several trees were toppled onto homes near Marion Lake. Farmyard debris was carried as far as Perham, about 7 miles northeast.
44.61953-05-29246°12'N / 97°08'W003K0Richland
47.81977-08-26246°18'N / 96°12'W46°26'N / 95°10'W50.00 Miles880 Yards08250K0Otter Tail
48.21952-07-01346°04'N / 96°57'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Richland
48.41982-05-10346°02'N / 96°16'W46°04'N / 96°10'W6.00 Miles80 Yards002.5M0Grant
48.71982-05-10346°01'N / 96°28'W46°01'N / 96°17'W8.00 Miles80 Yards002.5M0Traverse
49.21982-05-10346°01'N / 96°17'W46°02'N / 96°16'W1.00 Mile80 Yards002.5M0Traverse
49.81978-07-05247°20'N / 96°21'W47°27'N / 96°04'W15.20 Miles400 Yards33525.0M0Norman


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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