The 1999 Blowdown Storm: Looking Back After 20 Years

Blowdown Series: Part one, all eyes on the storm

Twenty years ago this summer the Boundary Waters and other parts of northern Minnesota were impacted by what is forever known as the Blowdown storm. On July 4, 1999, the storm roared through the region, impacting the wilderness area and lives of many thousands of people.

WTIP is looking back on the Blowdown storm in a series of commemorative features and interviews with those who experienced the Blowdown storm firsthand.

In part one of this series, we hear from Cook County resident Cindy Carpenter Straub. Cindy was camped on Pine Lake on the eastern side of the BWCA during the Blowdown storm. And we hear from Mike Stewart, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service who was working the afternoon of the Blowdown.