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A series of tornadoes ripped across central and northeast Wisconsin on the
evening of June 7, 2007, leaving a path of destruction visible from space.
This image of the track of one of those tornadoes was captured on June 9,
2007, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's
Terra satellite. The tornado track is the diagonal line running through the
dark green, forested area, just left of the center of the image.
The path torn through this densely wooded area stands out quite clearly in
the satellite image, as tens of thousands of trees were leveled by the
devastating funnel cloud.
One of the tornadoes to strike the area was given an F-3 rating by the
National Weather Service, classifying it as a "strong" tornado that causes
severe damage and has wind speeds between 158 and 206 miles per hour.