Minnesota leads on tornado touchdowns

Published 7:54 am Friday, November 5, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota can claim this touchdown record.

It leads all others in the number of tornadoes that have swept through the state this year. The National Weather Service says 104 tornadoes touched down in Minnesota in 2010, shattering the old record of 74 in 2001.

The state usually doesn’t find itself at the top of the list. Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas typically have the most.

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June 17 was a day that contributed to the high count in Minnesota.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says 48 tornadoes hit the state that day, killing three people, injuring 45 and causing millions of dollars in damage.