Wisconsin’s last tornado of 2012 touched down in northwestern Grant County, near Bloomington.
Wisconsin’s first tornado of 2013 touched down in western Grant County, near Bagley.
The tornado destroyed several campers at the Jellystone Park campground, plus a barn, and took down several trees, but caused no injuries.
The tornado started three consecutive days of predicted and actual severe weather throughout Grant County.
Fire department and EMS storm spotters were first called out Wednesday at 5:35 p.m.
The Grant County 911 center was notified at 5:52 p.m. of a tornado on the ground east of Garnavillo, Iowa, which appeared to be heading toward Glen Haven. The Glen Haven siren was activated, and Bagley weather spotters were deployed.
Five minutes later, a caller to the Clayton County 911 center reported seeing a tornado touch down near Jellystone Campground, north of Bagley. The tornado destroyed several campers, and downed trees and power lines. Witnesses reported seeing a funnel cloud that developed very briefly into a tornado, and quickly receded again within 20 to 30 seconds.
Bagley Fire Department, Bagley First Responders, Bloomington Fire Department, and West Grant EMS were dispatched to the scene. No injuries were reported. Scenic Rivers Power was requested to assist with lines down at the campground.
Additional tornado damage included a barn down on Grant County P west of Patch Grove, with a neighboring home sustaining damage including tin off of a building and branches through the windows. A tree was also reported to have fallen on a house in Mount Hope.
Based on the Bagley report, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northwestern Grant County. The tornado warning was issued at 6:04 p.m., at the same time that Potosi was playing a regional final baseball game against Highland. A second tornado warning was issued for northeastern Grant County at 6:28 p.m. for reported rotation in a storm near Boscobel. No tornado was sighted, although a suspected tornado was reported later in Richland County.
Throughout most areas of northern Grant County, there were isolated reports of trees down and power outages. Mount Hope and Dickeyville Fire Departments were dispatched later in the evening for vegetation fires that were believed to be lightning-related.
Round two of severe weather took place on Thursday. Storm spotters were called out again Thursday afternoon after reports of severe weather in Iowa. A tornado warning was issued for eastern Grant County, and winds of 70 mph south of Lancaster caused damage to trees at Orchard Manor. At one point, Grant County was simultaneously under a tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning, flash flood watch and a flood warning.
Lafayette County received only minor storm damage, with a report of a fallen tree on Lafayette County F in the Town of Fayette Thursday afternoon. A 911 hangup call was blamed on a mechanical problem caused by a later wave of thunderstorms.
A rollover crash on Wisconsin 81 in the Town of Argyle was blamed on weather conditions. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, Kevin J. Krantz, 49, Dodgeville, was driving east on 81 around 9:35 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a corner, and his car dropped onto the rain-softened shoulder. The shoulder gave way and Krantz’s car rolled over several times before it ended up in the opposite ditch, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Krantz was transported by Argyle EMS to Lafayette County Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Argyle Fire Department and Argyle Police Department assisted at the scene.
Severe weather was predicted Friday as well, with a severe thunderstorm watch issued, during the afternoon, but failed to materialize.
The other weather issue last week was flooding along the Mississippi River. Flood warnings were issued for the Mississippi River in McGregor, Iowa, and Dubuque due to flooding caused by heavy rains on top of already high water.
The Cassville ferry has yet to run this season because the Mississippi’s water level has flooded the Iowa ferry landing.