The Impact of Land-Atmosphere Interactions on the Benson, Minnesota, Tornado of 11 June 2001 BY DANIEL R. CHERESNICK AND JEFFREY B. BASARA n 11 June 2001, a long-lived supercell produced an F2 tornado that struck the town of Benson, OMinnesota (Fig. 1) at 2007 UTC. The Benson tornado, part o f a family o f tornadoes produced by the parent storm, persisted for 16 min. along an 8-mile damage path, and was up to 150 yds in width. Dur- ing the event, 71 structures were damaged and seven people were injured—one seriously—by the tornado. Total damage for the storm was $10 million. Th e synoptic conditions were favorable for supercell thunderstorms across southern Minnesota the afternoon of 11 June 2001. However, this case study investigates the role of land-atmosphere inter- FIG. I . Tornado from the Benson storm near Danvers, actions during the event, with focus on low-level MN (photo by Keith Brown). moisture, its origin, and the impact upon the local environment of the Benson storm. Previous work has demonstrated how land surface characteristics such as soil moisture and vegetation can impact atmo- moved eastward into southwest Minnesota during spheric processes (see the section titled "For Further the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2005
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