North-Central Kansas 2005 Year in Review
National Weather Service Hastings, NE

The severe weather season started during the afternoon of April 5th. A thunderstorm near Alton produced a brief tornado west of town. This storm moved to the northwest and produced another twister just northeast of Stockton. No damage was reported from these tornadoes. The storm moved on into Phillips county where it dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain, which flooded many of the roads throughout the county. A couple of hail storms in the month of April produced hail to the size of golf balls. On the 11th, large hail fell in Jewell county near Mankato. On the 20th, large hail was reported near Asherville in Mitchell county.


May introduced quiet weather across North-Central Kansas, but that changed on June 9th. A large supercell thunderstorm developed near Hill City and moved east into Rooks county where it produced 4 tornadoes. The first tornado touched down north of Palco and remained in open country. The second and third twisters were actually on the ground at the same time for awhile. The twisters hit two farmsteads, destroyed a barn and other outbuildings. An electrical substation was destroyed southwest of Stockton. The last tornado began west of Stockton and skipped across the northern portion of the town. Most damage was to trees. Large hail returned to Rooks county on the 15th of June when a storm produced golf ball sized hail near Palco. On the next night, hail the size of baseballs fell just north of Beloit. On the 27th, severe thunderstorms rumbled across the region and produced hail up to 2 inches in diameter. The largest hail occurred in Phillipsburg where stones from 1 ½ to 2 inches were reported.


The last tornado event occurred on June 29th, when a tornado briefly touched down south of Beloit in rural Mitchell county. The twister damaged trees, a wind mill and a few metal sheds. On this night, the town of Simpson was hit with 80 mph winds that toppled trees, damaged outbuildings, and snapped power poles. Hail to the size of golf balls was reported in various locations in Mitchell county.


Severe thunderstorms rolled across the region the evening of July 27th. These storms produced winds of 60 to 75 mph. The strongest winds were north of Osborne where gusts of nearly 90 mph were recorded. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.