June Tornadoes
South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas

Data from January, 1950 - December, 2010

(View our 'Main Tornado Page' for maps for each month of the year, including statewide maps of Nebraska and Kansas.)

Notes about the data: All data from 1950-2009 was collected and assimilated into GIS format by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. This data can be found at http://spc.noaa.gov/gis/svrgis/ The data for the year 2010 was collected and assimilated into GIS by the National Weather Service office in Hastings, NE. The Fujita Scale (F-Scale) rating began in 1971, and the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF-Scale) began February 1, 2007; Tornadoes prior to 1971 were later assigned an F-scale rating based on damage accounts and records. The tornado descriptions are primarily based on information in StormData and from the National Climatic Data Center, and is supplemented by information in 'Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991,' by Thomas P. Grazulis. The maps below illustrate the tornado touchdown points and tornado tracks. The tornado rating is based on the highest rating given the tornado along its path and is not necessarily at its highest rating at the initial touchdown point. For example, a track and tornado touchdown point with an EF3 rating may have started as an EF0 at the touchdown point and grew in intensity towards the middle or end of the track. The touchdown point represented on the map is the center of the triangle, not at the base (point) of the triangle. Tornado tracks are illustrated by the start and end points of the tornado, which on the map appear linear, versus an actual path the tornado may have taken along its lifespan. Not all tornadoes have tracks due to the length of the track.  If the track length was incredibly small (For example, a brief touchdown or less than a few miles long), it was not plotted. 

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Tornado Descriptions EF3 or Greater

  • F4/EF4:
    -June 15, 1992
    Mitchell County. A supercell thunderstorm rotated across the county for nearly three hours and dropped numerous (12) tornadoes.  In an area 15 miles wide and 25 miles long, 81 different farms sustained damage to buildings.  A total of nine farm homes were completely destroyed, and many others had major damage.  A farmer living south of Cawker City, KS reported going to the basement in his farm home five different times during the evening, and each time he came out of the basement, his farm had additional damage.  He also reported that at one time, he counted three tornadoes on the ground, and four in the air.  This supercell also dropped tornadoes across Osborne, Jewell, Ottawa and Cloud Counties.
    -June 3, 1980
    Hall County - Multiple Tornadoes!

    -June 6, 1956
    Buffalo County. A tornado tracked southeast, passing three miles north of Pleasanton, NE.  Two farms were severely damaged.  A house and five buildings were destroyed.  Dead chickens were scattered for a half mile.  There was one injury.
    -June 4, 1955
    Osborne County.  The tornado moved north from two miles north of Downs, KS, passing through 'Dispatch.'  Homes were damaged or destroyed on 10 farms, and there were four injuries.
    -June 7, 1953
    Sherman County.  A tornado moved northeast from south of Arcadia, NE, passing three miles east of town.  Eleven peope were killed and five people were injured.  Ten of the fatalities were members of a family killed during a reunion.  A car was carried on quarter mile through the air.  There was F4 damage to three homes near Arcadia, and one in the Hays Creek area.  The tornado was said that it looked like a 'whip lashing the ground.'
  • F3/EF3:
    -June 3, 1999
    Valley County. Late in the evening, a severe thunderstorm produced a large tornado across northwest Valley County.  The tornado touched down 12 miles west of Ord, NE, after 11 pm, and snaked its way northeast before lifting after midnight about seven miles north of Ord.  The tornado had a damage path almost one half mile wide at one point.  It completely destroyed two farmsteads, and damaged two others along its path.  The tornado tossed cars and farm equipment up to 300 feet, strewn irrigation pipe across the countryside, and killed livestock. 
    -June 6, 1993
    Dawson, Buffalo, Phelps Counties.  A family of multiple vortex tornadoes, started four miles north of Bertrand, NE and struck an airstrip.  A hangar and plane sustained damage.  The tornado moved north and hit a truck stop near Overton.  The tornado moved into western Buffalo County and was nearly stationary in the Amherst area for almost 90 minutes.  Five funnels were noted with this storm.  The tornado moved east northeast across Buffalo County to Ravenna, then into southeast Sherman County, and finally into Howard County near Boelus and Dannebrog.  The tornado was last seen to the northeast of St. Paul, near Cushing.  Along its 60 mile path, 97 homes were damaged and three were destroyed.  Two childred received cuts from flying glass as their home was destroyed at Ravenna.
    -June 15, 1992
    Mitchell County - Multiple Tornadoes!  (Refer to the F4/EF4 write-up above).

    -June 12, 1984
    Thayer County. A tornado touched down three miles south of Davenport, NE and moved east for 13 miles to two miles south of Bruning.  Five farms were heavily damaged southwest and south of Bruning, injuring five people.  Many power lines, trees, fences, and outbuildings were heavily damaged on other farmsteads along the path.
    -June 11, 1984
    Hall County. The tornado touched down near Cairo, NE and tracked northeast for 14 miles through St. Libory.  The tornado caused extensive damage to outbuildings, power lines and trees.  St. Libory was the hardest hit, with several homes and buildings receiving major damage.  Railroad cars were blown off of the tracks.  Many trees were downed and some buildings were damaged at Cairo.
    -June 3, 1980
    Hall County -Multiple Tornadoes.

    -June 18, 1975
    Dawson County. A severe thunderstorm moving almost due north at 20-30 mph, spawned eight tornadoes and numerous funnels over a 10 county area of south central Nebraska.  At times there were as many as three tornadoes on the ground at the same time.  The path was nearly continuous, being broken only where one tornado spun off and another developed.  In Dawson County, the tornado tracked along the county line, leveling barns and killing livestock as it passed just west of Gothenburg.
    -June 15, 1975
    Nance County.  The tornado had a 65 mile path, beginning two and a half miles south of Fullerton, NE, tracking southeast.  It passed five miles southwest of Osceola, near Gresham, five miles north of Utica, and ended just southeast of Milford.  It damaged a considerable amount of farm equipment, grain bins, fences, trees, gasoline storage tanks, signs, and windows.
    -June 21, 1957
    York County. A tornado moved east northeast from two miles northeast of Waco, NE to northeast of Utica.  Sixteen farms lost barns or other outbuildings in the three mile wide tornado and thunderstorm downburst damage area.
    -June 15, 1957
    Phillips/Smith County line. The tornado moved north northeast from four miles south southwest of Kensington, KS, cutting across the west side of town, and ending 10 miles north northeast of town.  a few homes were totally destroyed and and dozens of homes were unroofed.

     

 

 

 


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