March 30 severe weather event

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms erupted across the nation’s mid-section on Thursday, producing a swath of damaging winds, hail and tornadoes across the Pleasant Hill forecast area.   

Map of tornadoes on March 30

The storms, racing anywhere from 50 to 70 mph, raked across across northern Missouri and extreme eastern Kansas between 5 and 10 PM CST. Most of the severe weather reports were due to several broken lines of storms, producing 60 to 70 mph winds and hail up to one inch in diameter. However, several supercell thunderstorms also affected far northwest and central Missouri Thursday evening, producing the most significant severe weather. A total of four tornadoes were observed, the most significant of which tracked from southeast of Fillmore to east of Fillmore in Andrew County. At least 11 homes were damaged or destroyed, and five injuries were reported from this tornado.

Here are the details of the damage surveys conducted on Friday March 31st...

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR MARCH 30 TORNADOES...

TWO TEAMS OF NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED
TORNADO DAMAGE FROM THE STORMS OF MARCH 30 2006. THEIR FINDINGS
SUPPORT A TOTAL OF FOUR TORNADOES THAT OCCURRED THE EVENING OF MARCH
30...WITH THE STRONGEST AN F2 TORNADO THAT STRUCK IN ANDREW COUNTY.

ONE TEAM WAS DISPATCHED TO ANDREW COUNTY TO SURVEY TORNADO DAMAGE
NORTH AND WEST OF SAVANNAH. THIS TEAM FOUND A TORNADO TRACK SOUTH
AND EAST OF FILLMORE. THE F2 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTH OF U.S.
HIGHWAY 59 ALONG COUNTY ROAD 70...AND TRACKED NORTHEAST FOR FIVE
MILES TO NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 71 AND HIGHWAY A.
SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO SEVERAL HOMES ALONG THIS
TRACK...WITH A TOTAL OF 11 HOMES THAT SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM THIS
TORNADO. A STORM CHASER ALSO CAUGHT THE TORNADO ON VIDEO.

A SECOND F0 TORNADO WAS RATED WEST OF HATFIELD IN HARRISON
COUNTY...BASED ON SPOTTER REPORTS AND RADAR IMAGERY IN THAT AREA AND
AT THAT TIME.

SPECIFICS ON THE ANDREW TO HARRISON COUNTY STORM...

EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
TIME: 710 PM CST TO 720 PM CST.
LOCATION: 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FILLMORE TO 6 MILES EAST OF FILLMORE
IN ANDREW COUNTY.
LENGTH: 5 MILES.
MAXIMUM WIDTH:  800 YARDS.
MAXIMUM INTENSITY: F2 WITH PEAK WINDS NEAR 150 MPH.

EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
TIME: 810 PM CST TO 812 PM CST.
LOCATION: 3 MILES WEST OF HATFIELD IN HARRISON COUNTY.
LENGTH: 0.5 MILES.
MAXIMUM WIDTH:  50 YARDS.
MAXIMUM INTENSITY: F0 WITH PEAK WINDS NEAR 60 MPH.

A SECOND TEAM WAS DISPATCHED TO PETTIS COUNTY TO INVESTIGATE DAMAGE
IN THE SEDALIA AREA. DETAILS FROM THIS ASSESSMENT INDICATE THAT TWO
DISTINCT TORNADOES FORMED FROM A SUPERCELL THAT TRACKED FROM
SOUTHEASTERN JOHNSON COUNTY MISSOURI...NORTHEAST TO JUST NORTHWEST
OF THE SEDALIA CITY LIMITS.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES EAST OF LEETON
AROUND 820 PM CST. DAMAGE WAS NOTED MAINLY TO OUTBUILDINGS AND TREES
IN THIS AREA...WHERE THE TORNADO WAS RATED F0. THE TORNADO CROSSED
INTO PETTIS COUNTY...AND WAS OBSERVED BY PETTIS COUNTY SPOTTERS TO
THEN DISSIPATED NORTH AND WEST OF GREEN RIDGE NEAR SCOTTEN AND
EASTER ROAD.

A SECOND TORNADO THEN QUICKLY FORMED AND TRACKED NORTHEAST TOWARDS
SEDALIA. THE TORNADO...BASED ON SPOTTER REPORTS AND OBSERVED DAMAGE
TENDENCIES...STRUGGLED TO MAINTAIN A CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND AS IT APPROACHED THE WEST SIDE OF SEDALIA. THE TORNADO
PRODUCED HIGH END F0 DAMAGE TO A LARGE SHED JUST SOUTH OF U.S.
HIGHWAY 50 ABOUT A QUARTER MILE WEST OF MAIN STREET. THE TORNADO
CROSSED U.S. 50 AND INFLICTED SIMILAR DAMAGE TO A FARMSTEAD NORTH OF
THE HIGHWAY ON MAIN STREET. THE TORNADO WAS ONLY ABOUT 75 YARDS
WIDE. INTERMITTENT DAMAGE WAS NOTED FURTHER NORTH AND EAST UNTIL IT
REACHED A HOME JUST WEST OF U.S. 65 ALONG H HIGHWAY...WHERE F1
DAMAGE WAS NOTED AS THE TORNADO TOOK THE ROOF OFF A MODULAR HOME.

SPECIFICS ON THE JOHNSON TO PETTIS COUNTY STORM...

EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
TIME: 820 PM CST TO 826 PM CST.
LOCATION: 6 MILES EAST OF LEETON (JOHNSON COUNTY MISSOURI) TO 2
MILES NORTHWEST OF GREEN RIDGE (PETTIS COUNTY).
LENGTH: 9 MILES.
MAXIMUM WIDTH:  50 YARDS.
MAXIMUM INTENSITY: F0 WITH PEAK WINDS NEAR 60 MPH.

EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
TIME: 828 PM CST TO 842 PM CST.
LOCATION: 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF GREEN RIDGE TO 2 MILES NORTH OF
SEDALIA IN PETTIS COUNTY.
LENGTH: 13.6 MILES WITH INTERMITTENT DAMAGE.
MAXIMUM WIDTH:  71 YARDS.
MAXIMUM INTENSITY: F1 WITH PEAK WINDS NEAR 72 MPH

 


 

Storm chaser Mike Peregrine intercepted the Andrew County tornado shortly after dark along highway 71 north of Savannah. The photos below were taken by Mike, using the storm’s lightning to back light the tornado.  

 

Tornado Photograph taken by Mike Peregrine north of Savannah Missouri

Tornado Photograph taken by Mike Peregrine north of Savannah Missouri

Tornado Photograph taken by Mike Peregrine north of Savannah Missouri

Photographs courtesy of Mike Peregrine


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