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Published March 20, 2012, 07:00 PM

Are early severe spring storms a sign of things to come?

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Across the country people are dealing with the aftermath of severe weather. From Texas to Missouri tornados, hail and flooding wreaked havoc. The severe weather came as far north as Minnesota and South Dakota where straight line winds blew roofs off homes. Does our early severe spring weather mean that we're in for an earlier and longer severe weather season?

Across the country people are dealing with the aftermath of severe weather. From Texas to Missouri tornados, hail and flooding wreaked havoc. The severe weather came as far north as Minnesota and South Dakota where straight line winds blew roofs off homes. Does our early severe spring weather mean that we're in for an earlier and longer severe weather season?

They're cleaning up today in Elysian Minnesota today after storm with strong winds ripped through the small town south of the Twin Cities. A line of severe thunderstorms pushed through late yesterday. We've not only had wind and hail like this in March before, we've even had tornadoes.

St. Peter Minnesota was hit with a large EF3 tornado on March 29th 1998, killing 1 person and injuring 16. The earliest tornado recorded in Minnesota happened in Truman which is south of Mankato, on March 18th in 1968.

In North Dakota the tiny town of Edmunds, North of Jamestown has the record for the earliest twister with a weak one touching down on March 26th. Even locally we've seen severe weather even earlier than this.

John Wheeler – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “Well it was back in February of 2000 we didn't have much snow on the ground, the last week of February it got kind of warm, 40's and 50's and one day late afternoon there were some scattered thunderstorms. Two rounds of them moved though Fargo and we got 1/2 inch diameter hail.”

Thunderstorms in the summer can form easily in the warm moist air when a cold front pushes through, but it's a slightly different mechanism in the spring.

Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “To get severe weather we would really need help from a strong area of low pressure or even more so an area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere.

Even though we are dealing with some thunderstorms now, winter may not be done.

John Wheeler: I fully expect it's going to snow again at some point, probably in April.

There's nothing like a little April snow to bring back the reality of where we live.

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