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Wednesday's storms included a tornado in western Wisconsin

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While much of Minnesota was enjoying a dry and relatively sunny Wednesday, a tornado touched down in a Wisconsin town near the state line.

But we're pretty sure the folks in Amery will be just fine since – as twisters go – this one was a lightweight.

According to a National Weather Service (NWS) update, the tornado rated an EF-0 (that stands for "Enhanced Fujita" Scale, and it goes all the way up to "5," a classification reserved for the worst of the worst) and was "brief and localized."

The NWS says it peaked at a speed of 65 miles per hour, which was still fast enough to damage both a tree and a "metal greenhouse structure" on a farm.

It was over almost as fast as it happened, though, touching down at 5:30 and disappearing a minute later.

As for the weather outlook back in Minnesota, no word on any possible tornadoes, but MPR News says there's a chance of rain and thunder Friday night into Saturday, with a clearing skies possilbe Sunday.

Not quite as dramatic as a tornado (even an EF-0), and if the forecast bears out, we're in for air conditioner weather next week.

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