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St. Cloud Metro Area Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes


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

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

Earthquake Index, #752

St. Cloud Area

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, #129

St. Cloud Area

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, #554

St. Cloud Area

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 9,565 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of St. Cloud Area were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:57Cold:41Dense Fog:2Drought:19
Dust Storm:0Flood:343Hail:4,523Heat:8Heavy Snow:59
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:9Landslide:0Strong Wind:61
Thunderstorm Winds:3,880Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:133Winter Weather:27

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near St. Cloud Area.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near St. Cloud Area.

No historical earthquake events found in or near St. Cloud Area.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 30 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near St. Cloud Area.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.31958-06-04245°36'N / 94°35'W45°36'N / 94°18'W13.30 Miles400 Yards02250K0Stearns
6.31996-10-26245°35'N / 94°38'W45°38'N / 94°36'W5.00 Miles350 Yards0300Stearns
 Brief Description: House collapsed on top of family. Outbuildings destroyed.
13.11964-05-05345°35'N / 94°47'W45°39'N / 94°44'W4.30 Miles300 Yards00250K0Stearns
14.91980-09-03345°32'N / 94°13'W45°35'N / 94°09'W3.80 Miles60 Yards11525.0M0Stearns
15.81970-07-18245°45'N / 94°15'W2.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Benton
18.21967-07-22245°28'N / 94°11'W45°28'N / 94°08'W1.90 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Stearns
19.31980-09-03245°38'N / 94°53'W1.00 Mile150 Yards002.5M0Stearns
19.61953-03-21245°35'N / 94°05'W13250K0Stearns
22.21981-03-25245°50'N / 94°11'W3.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Morrison
24.41997-09-18245°53'N / 94°18'W45°53'N / 94°06'W8.00 Miles300 Yards0000Morrison
 Brief Description: Several buildings severely damaged. Numerous trees and power lines down.
26.21977-06-17245°42'N / 93°58'W0.70 Mile33 Yards00250K0Benton
26.41967-07-22245°28'N / 94°08'W45°26'N / 93°50'W14.50 Miles200 Yards1122.5M0Sherburne
27.31992-06-16245°40'N / 93°56'W0.30 Mile30 Yards000K0Benton
28.91982-09-12245°45'N / 93°56'W0.80 Mile3 Yards00250K0Benton
29.82001-06-13245°59'N / 94°32'W46°04'N / 94°26'W4.00 Miles50 Yards00200K0Morrison
 Brief Description: One home lost its roof. Several sheds and outbuildings blown down. Two additional homes sustained minor damage.
33.41992-06-16245°14'N / 94°04'W45°20'N / 93°51'W10.00 Miles80 Yards000K0Wright
34.71961-06-30246°01'N / 94°06'W0025K0Morrison
35.71981-06-14245°13'N / 93°59'W2.90 Miles440 Yards00250K0Wright
36.31997-07-01245°18'N / 93°56'W45°17'N / 93°49'W5.00 Miles550 Yards0000Wright
 Brief Description: Two tornadoes converged on the Prairie Acres housing development 1 south of Monticello at about the same time. Extensive damage in area.
38.31992-06-16345°01'N / 94°14'W45°09'N / 94°07'W10.00 Miles120 Yards080K0Wright
38.91997-07-01245°16'N / 93°49'W45°18'N / 93°49'W2.00 Miles400 Yards0000Wright
39.91997-07-01345°07'N / 94°01'W45°10'N / 93°56'W5.00 Miles800 Yards0000Wright
 Brief Description: House completely destroyed on west side of Birch Lake.
41.31997-09-18346°04'N / 94°03'W46°03'N / 93°51'W9.00 Miles800 Yards111.7M0Morrison
 Brief Description: Several buildings destroyed and numerous other buildings damaged. Hundreds of trees down. A number of cattle killed in barn collapse. One man injured when the tornado engulfed his car and threw it into a nearby woods. A second man critically injured when his garage collapsed. He died several weeks later. Total path length of tornado from 1 NE of Lastrup to Onamia was 17 miles. M57PH
43.51959-07-07245°40'N / 95°28'W45°48'N / 95°16'W13.00 Miles30 Yards0025K0Pope
44.42009-07-14245°24'N / 95°24'W45°27'N / 95°21'W4.00 Miles350 Yards00250K50KPope
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service storm survey and visual reports confirmed that a tornado moved through portions of Swift and Pope Counties in west central Minnesota where two turkey barns and several outbuildings were destroyed, with extensive tree damage throughout the entire path. Maximum damage was EF-2 with estimated winds of 111-119 mph. In the town of Swift Falls, two residences were damaged along with two garages that were destroyed. The tornado was produced minor crop damage northeast of Swift Falls. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong cold front, deep moisture and a high shear environment led to severe weather across portions of central Minnesota late Tuesday afternoon and evening of July 14th. Several individual storms developed across west central Minnesota and moved quickly northeast and spawned three tornadoes near Swift Falls, Elrosa and Spicer, Minnesota. In addition, several strong thunderstorms tracked across northern Todd and far northwestern Morrison County where two to four inches of rain fell in a short period of time. Due to the highly moist environment, and high rainfall rates, several areas of urban flooding was reported. One was in the community of Staples, and another was in St. Cloud.
45.02008-07-11345°04'N / 95°08'W45°05'N / 94°58'W8.00 Miles200 Yards020K0KKandiyohi
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Three homes were destroyed and eight others were damaged. Barns and sheds were destroyed, along with two businesses, including two turkey barns. At Highway 71 and County Rd. 19 a small trailer was turned on its side, and several farm tractors were turned on their sides. Two minor injuries occurred at a turkey barn 2.5 miles South of Downtown Willmar. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Instability ahead of a cold front which moved from the Central Dakotas on the morning of the 11th, to the Eastern half of Minnesota by the early evening hours, was the prime ingredient for scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms across the region, during this period.
48.21983-06-13244°54'N / 94°22'W1.00 Mile200 Yards002.5M0Mcleod
48.31951-06-19444°53'N / 94°22'W45°12'N / 93°23'W52.60 Miles330 Yards0112.5M0Mcleod
49.01977-07-27244°53'N / 94°32'W44°53'N / 94°29'W0025K0Meeker
49.11997-09-18346°05'N / 93°50'W46°05'N / 93°40'W8.00 Miles800 Yards0000Mille Lacs
 Brief Description: Several buildings destroyed and numerous other buildings damaged. Hundreds of trees down. A number of cattle killed in barn collapse. Damage estimate included in entry for Morrison county. Total path length from 1 NE of Lastup to Onamia was 17 miles.

* 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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