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Looking back on the 1999 Blowdown storm

During the early-morning hours of July 4, 1999, a series of thunderstorms formed over portions and roared across northern Minnesota. In what would become forever known as the “Blowdown Storm,” damaging and powerful winds would leave scars on the area which are still visible to this day. According to estimates by the U.S. Forest Service, an estimated 25 million trees were blown down during the storm. In the summer of 2019, WTIP is looking back on the Blowdown storm through a series of commemorative features and interviews with those who experienced the legendary storm firsthand.
 
As part of this series about 1999 Blowdown storm, WTIP hosted a live program Thursday, June 20. 
Click here to listen to an archived edition of the program.
 
Want to listen to more about the Blowdown?
Click here to listen to the first editions of the series.

Support for this series comes from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Photo courtesy of Jim Cordes.