Dunn County’s Weather is Crazy to Predict

For people in Dunn County, trying to prepare for mother nature’s next mood can be an impossible task. 

Just last week a Red Flag Warning was issued for the county, and this weekend Dunn County residents saw snow on their rooves.

With summer approaching Dunn County emergency manager Denise Brew said residents should be prepared for everything.      

Brew wishes she had a crystal ball to predict what the weather is going to be like this Summer, because the last three years the county has had to deal with three different weather conditions with devastating effects.

“Every morning we get up and wonder what is going to happen,” said Brew.

In 2018 the county dealt with about five tornadoes, which Brew said the National Weather Service informed her was the most of any county in the state.

No injuries or fatalities were reported in any of the incidents, but there was some significant structural damage.

“There was some structural damage to places North of Killdeer. It took out a mobile home, and South of Dodge there was a farmstead that was impacted,” said Brew.

In 2017 the county dealt with severe drought conditions and more than 100 fires.

Most of the ones reported were grass fires. 

“It was extremely dry, and I think we were all on high alert the entire Summer,” said Brew.

However, 2018 and 2017 fail in comparison to the Summer of 2016.

“Not sure there were many places in Killdeer that were not impacted by that hail storm,” said Brew.

The hail storm that impacted the City of Killdeer dropped golf ball size hail and 75 miles per hour winds, over a 10 to 15 minute period. 

Even though no injuries or fatalities were reported, it caused devastating damage to homes, vehicles, and farmland.

“I have had never seen damage like that, and I have lived in North Dakota for 54 years. . .  so it was an incredible storm,” said Gary Wilz, a Killdeer resident.

Wilz said the storm caused more than 30,000 dollars worth of damage to his home.

However, he is also the superintendent of Killdeer Public School.

He said the school had about $1.5 million in damage to buildings and school buses.

“I think we had 17 buses at that time that all lost windshields,” said Wilz.

With the first day of Summer a little less than two months away, the emergency manager said residents should start checking the weather regularly and have a plan in place in case the power goes out, because you never know what mother nature has in store.

Brew also wants to remind people that the county’s burn ban is following the fire index system, and no garbage pit burning or large scale controlled burns are allowed at this time.
 

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