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Way Over Our Heads podcast: 'Black Sunday' Minnesota tornado outbreak

Plus, why the last snowstorm was a false alarm for southern Minnesota.
Damage from the April 30, 1967 tornado outbreak. 

Damage from the April 30, 1967 tornado outbreak. 

Fifty-two years ago, 13 Minnesotans were killed and eight others were injured in a devastating tornado outbreak. 

The April 30, 1967 severe weather outbreak, dubbed "Black Sunday," produced nine tornadoes in southern Minnesota, including three monster F4 twisters, two F3s, three F2s and one F1, according to the National Weather Service. 

"At the end of the day, nine tornadoes had affected south central and southeast Minnesota, including the seven in Freeborn, Waseca, and Steele counties and one each in Mower and Olmsted counties," the NWS says in a recap of the deadly event

The recap includes stories from survivors, including a Gary and Judy Johnson of Owatonna, whose children where being watched by grandparents when the tornadoes hit. Both grandparents died and the children were injured in the storm. 

“Little do you know that when your loved ones stand in the window and wave goodbye to you that by the end of the day they will be dead, your children injured and your home gone!" the Johnsons are quoted as saying. 

Parts of Albert Lea and Waseca were destroyed by large twisters, and Owatonna was narrowly missed. 

Black Sunday is the lead topic in this week's "Way Over Our Heads" podcast with Jim du Bois and climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld, who says "some of these were monster tornadoes" that "rival pretty much any tornado outbreak that we have in this area." 

  • Start to 3:20 - The 1967 "Black Sunday" tornado outbreak. 
  • 3:21 to 6:35 - Why forecasters blew it with the last southern MN snowstorm. 
  • 6:36 to 9:02 - Status of Minnesota flooding. 
  • 9:03 to 16:25 - Impact of late ice-outs and will climate change change that.
  • 16:26 to 18:26 - 700,000 people affected by another cyclone in Mozambique.
  • 18:27 to end - Minnesota remains in cool, stormy weather pattern. 

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