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The chance of earthquake damage in Lamoure County is about the same as North Dakota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Lamoure County is higher than North Dakota average and is lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #23

Lamoure County
North Dakota

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

Lamoure County
North Dakota

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, #9

Lamoure County
North Dakota

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 6,168 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Lamoure County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:71Cold:44Dense Fog:0Drought:2
Dust Storm:0Flood:396Hail:3,373Heat:3Heavy Snow:46
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:8Landslide:0Strong Wind:55
Thunderstorm Winds:1,923Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:10Winter Storm:90Winter Weather:4

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Lamoure County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Lamoure County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Lamoure County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 37 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Lamoure County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
11.91974-08-19246°22'N / 98°44'W000K0La Moure
13.91976-06-11246°38'N / 98°41'W0025K0Stutsman
14.01960-08-02246°18'N / 98°42'W003K0Dickey
14.11974-05-20346°32'N / 98°28'W46°41'N / 98°10'W17.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0La Moure
15.81953-05-30246°40'N / 98°41'W46°42'N / 98°34'W5.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Stutsman
17.12004-07-18446°47'N / 98°23'W46°36'N / 98°23'W10.00 Miles200 Yards001.7M100KBarnes
 Brief Description: The tornado tracked south for about 4 miles along 97th avenue southeast, then turned to the southeast and tracked about 6 more miles before it crossed into LaMoure county about 2 miles north-northwest of Marion. One abandoned farmstead 10 miles west-northwest of Litchville was nearly swept clean of its buildings. Eight to nine buildings and 5 to 6 metal grain bins were swept away. At an occupied farmstead about 9 miles west of Litchville, the most damage was reported. The family was out baling hay at the time and were not hurt. The equipment they used to bale hay (three tractors and a baler) were the only things left unscathed by the tornado. Two houses, 5 outbuildings, a cattle barn, and miscellaneous farm equipment were all leveled. Machinery and debris were scattered across the yard and in the nearby pond and fields. A new pickup truck was demolished and sheet metal and metal support beams were wrapped around trees and vehicles. About 35 cows were killed, 20 grain bins were demolished, and a semi truck was overturned. The last F4 tornado in eastern North Dakota occurred on June 6, 1999, near Mountain, ND.
21.21999-08-15246°39'N / 98°11'W46°33'N / 98°04'W8.00 Miles400 Yards0000La Moure
 Brief Description: The storm survey was completed by NWS Grand Forks. The tornado started in Barnes county 1.5 miles southwest of Litchville, moved across far northeast LaMoure county, and dissipated in Ransom county 6 miles north of Lisbon. The total path length was 20 miles.
22.51974-08-19246°18'N / 98°56'W000K0Ward
28.11974-08-19246°22'N / 99°06'W000K0Logan
32.11966-07-31246°00'N / 98°30'W0025K0Dickey
32.31966-05-22346°30'N / 99°18'W46°40'N / 99°04'W15.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Logan
32.31957-06-20246°06'N / 98°06'W2.00 Miles30 Yards0025K0Dickey
33.21999-07-27245°59'N / 98°31'W45°59'N / 98°31'W2.00 Miles40 Yards00800K0Dickey
 Brief Description: One half mile debris from 3 mobile homes. Large trees uprooted. 70kt winds reported with storm.
33.41999-08-15246°34'N / 97°59'W46°31'N / 97°41'W20.00 Miles400 Yards001.2M0Ransom
 Brief Description: Most of the damage from the tornado occurred roughly 3 miles northeast of Fort Ransom, just across the Sheyenne River. One farm had a wood barn and 2 large pole barns completely destroyed. At another nearby farm, another wood barn and a pole barn were destroyed, some debris deposited several hundred feet away. Numerous large trees were broken and a feeding car was thrown a half a mile away. Thousands of large trees surrounding the path of the tornado were snapped in two, many of these along the Sheyenne River Valley.
34.81957-08-12246°24'N / 97°48'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Ransom
35.91970-08-29246°24'N / 97°53'W46°26'N / 97°40'W10.30 Miles10 Yards0725K0Ransom
36.31965-05-20345°55'N / 98°29'W45°58'N / 98°25'W3.80 Miles400 Yards0025K0Brown
37.01950-06-13346°48'N / 97°55'W2.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cass
37.11952-07-24247°00'N / 98°40'W47°00'N / 98°30'W7.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Stutsman
39.11958-09-06346°54'N / 98°00'W2.90 Miles33 Yards003K0Barnes
39.41962-07-06246°02'N / 99°04'W000K0Mcintosh
39.81962-07-06246°01'N / 99°03'W0025K0Mcintosh
40.21959-08-24246°42'N / 99°18'W010K0Stutsman
41.21974-08-19346°17'N / 99°21'W030K0Logan
41.51982-04-15246°17'N / 97°44'W46°23'N / 97°37'W7.00 Miles440 Yards0025K0Ransom
42.51999-08-15246°37'N / 99°24'W46°42'N / 99°21'W6.00 Miles200 Yards0080K0Stutsman
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm developed over Emmons county in south central North Dakota and moved northeast producing an F1 tornado in open county 12 miles northeast of Napoleon in Logan county. The tornado continued northeast increasing to an F2 tornado 3 miles southwest of Streeter then lifted 3 miles north of Streeter. The tornado narrowly missed the city of Streeter but inflicted damage to a farmstead destroying a pickup truck...garage and quonset.
43.32010-05-22245°51'N / 98°18'W45°52'N / 98°17'W1.00 Mile100 Yards000K0KBrown
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An eighth tornado touched down west of Hecla producing damage to one farm including tearing the roof off of an outbuilding and throwing several grain bins 100 yards or more. Widespread tree damage was also noted. The tornado continued northeast damaging another outbuilding and destroying an empty grain bin before lifting. Wind speeds were estimated between 112 and 120 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Several supercell thunderstorms developed along a very strong warm front and produced nine tornadoes from Akaska to Bowdle to Hecla. The largest of the tornadoes was an EF4 tornado which occurred near Bowdle. This tornado produced devastating damage in the Bowdle area. The other tornadoes ranged from EF0 to EF2 and caused extensive tree and building damage. Nearly one-hundred power poles were downed along with several high line towers leaving nearly a thousand customers without power. Also, very strong straight line winds and large hail up to the size of golfballs affected parts of the area causing some damage.
44.61955-08-03247°00'N / 98°00'W1.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Barnes
44.61965-06-26247°00'N / 98°00'W0125K0Barnes
44.61962-07-06245°56'N / 99°04'W45°55'N / 99°01'W3.00 Miles550 Yards0025K0Mcpherson
44.71975-06-19246°14'N / 97°39'W0.30 Mile7 Yards0025K0Sargent
45.31982-07-04246°39'N / 99°30'W46°41'N / 99°22'W5.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Stutsman
46.31973-07-01346°02'N / 97°47'W00250K0Sargent
46.81958-07-13246°06'N / 97°42'W0025K0Sargent
46.91968-08-23347°08'N / 98°28'W47°09'N / 98°28'W1.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Barnes
47.41960-08-02246°54'N / 99°18'W003K0Stutsman
49.62002-06-23445°41'N / 98°26'W45°49'N / 98°23'W9.00 Miles900 Yards0000Brown
 Brief Description: A powerful supercell thunderstorm produced six tornados from eastern McPherson county and across northern Brown county during the evening hours of June 23rd. The first weak tornado (F0) touched down briefly 6.4 miles northeast of Leola and resulted in no damage. The second tornado (F1) touched down 8.5 miles northeast of Leola and crossed over into Brown county where it dissipated 9 miles northwest of Barnard. This tornado brought down many trees and a barn and caused damage to the siding and the roof of a farmhouse in McPherson county and caused no damage in Brown county. A third weak satellite tornado (F0) occurred following the dissipation of the second tornado and resulted in no damage. A fourth strong tornado (F3) developed 6 miles west of Barnard and moved east and dissipated 3 miles southeast of Barnard. This tornado brought down some high power lines along with a support tower and tossed a pickup truck 100 yards into a group of trees. The pickup truck was totaled. The tornado caused extensive damage to two farmhouses, several farm buildings, and farm equipment. One farmhouse lost its garage and most of its roof with many trees completely snapped off down low and debarked. The fifth tornado developed 5 miles southeast of Barnard and became a violent tornado (F4). This tornado caused damage to one farmhouse, several outbuildings, trees, and equipment as it moved northeast and strengthened. The tornado then completely demolished two unoccupied homes, several outbuildings, many trees, along with destroying or damaging some farm equipment before dissipating 7.6 miles northeast of Barnard. Also, a sixth weak satellite tornado (F0) occurred with this violent tornado and caused no damage. This was the first F4 tornado recorded in Brown county and one of few recorded in South Dakota. The total estimated property loss exceeded a million dollars.

* 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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