Storm on final day of spring damages buildings near Watertown, winds hit 80 mph in Aberdeen
The last day of spring featured one last storm.
Gusts hit 67 mph Monday night in Watertown, causing downed power lines and damage to a couple of buildings, according a news release from Watertown Fire Rescue.
About 11:15 p.m., crews responded to multiple calls around the golf course and Lake Kampeska.
There was roof damage to a home and outbuilding in the 800 block of 43rd Street Northwest, according to a news release, and power lines were down along North Lake Drive, including across state Highway 20. No injuries were reported, but there were tree limbs down on roadways to both calls, per the release.
Although a tornado warning was issued Monday night for the Castlewood, Hazel and Hayti area, there was no confirmed tornado, according to the National Weather Service.
In Brown County, Emergency Manager Scott Meints said he didn't hear of any serious damage, though there were branches down and power outages after the winds whipped things around Monday night.
Aberdeen saw wind gusts of 80 mph, according to Katherine King, a meteorologist with NWS in Aberdeen. Gusts near Richmond Lake were 70 mph, she said.
The storm came after three days of excessive heat across the eastern part of the state and beyond. The high temperatures in Watertown were 97 on Monday, 97 on Sunday and 94 on Saturday, according to the NWS. In Aberdeen, the highs were 96 on Monday, 101 on Sunday and 99 on Saturday.
Watertown got 0.14 inch of rain Monday night. Aberdeen got 0.7 inch of rain Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the NWS.
Summer arrived, officially at least, at 4:13 a.m. Tuesday, capping a spring filled with rain, hail, high winds and tornadoes. The weather was cool in early spring and blazing hot as the season ended. The spring solstice featured cooler weather as temperatures dipped into the 60s after the storms passed. The wind, however, remained.