Mini-Severe Weather Event of June 20, 2001. (7/11/2001)

By: Hayden Frank and Jim Caruso

Thunderstorms producd golfball sized hail and 80 MPH winds Wednesday afternoon.

A cold front remained nearly stationary across South Central Kansas during the afternoon hours of June 20th. However, a layer of warm air, 10,000 feet off the ground prevented thunderstorm development. The atmosphere was finally able to overcome this obstacle after 8 pm.

This was not one of our most impressive severe weather events, with mainly reports of dime to nickel size hail. The most noteworthy reports were of golf ball size hail reported in both Florence (Marion County) and 3 miles southwest of Calista (Kingman County). There was also a report of an 80 mph wind gust that blew down a barn in Burns (Marion County). Image 1 is a map showing the severe weather reports. The thunderstorms weakened below severe levels by 2 am Thursday. Image 2 is an animated radar loop from 9 pm to 1 am, showing the thunderstorms moving across the region.

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