By: Jim Caruso
Scattered severe thunderstorms, packing high wind gusts, moved across portions of central and southeastern Kansas Tuesday night.
A strong upper level storm system moved out of Colorado and New Mexico, across Kansas Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Ahead of this upper level storm, a dryline formed from western Kansas southward through the eastern Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. The dryline provided a narrow zone of strong airmass contrast, separating moist air to the east from much drier air to the west. Initially, during the mid to late afternoon hours on Tuesday, severe thunderstorms formed from western Kansas, southward down through the eastern Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles near the dryline. The dryline moved east overnight, pushing the thunderstorms across central and eastern Kansas and Oklahoma (see image 1 and image 2). There were several reports of 60 to 70 mph wind gusts and some wind damage in central and southeastern Kansas. However, the most ferocious storms occurred in parts of western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle, where damaging tornadoes occurred (image 3).Here is a Local Storm Report Summary from NWS Wichita.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA, KANSAS 254 AM CDT WED APR 16 2003 TIME(CDT) .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE ...EVENT/REMARKS... ....COUNTY LOCATION.... 1005 PM 2 NW LYONS KS 60 MPH TSTM WIND GUST 04/15/03 RICE REPORTED BY TRAINED SPOTTER 1220 AM 6 S LINCOLN KS WIND DAMAGE 04/16/03 LINCOLN LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED BARN AND TREE DAMAGE 0107 AM CANEY KS 65 MPH TSTM WIND GUST 04/16/03 MONTGOMERY REPORTED BY TRAINED SPOTTER 0145 AM CHANUTE KS WIND DAMAGE 04/16/03 NEOSHO LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED ROOF BLOWN OFF BUILDING 0153 AM PARSONS KS 60 MPH TSTM WIND GUST 04/16/03 LABETTE REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT 0153 AM THAYER KS 60 MPH TSTM WIND GUST 04/16/03 NEOSHO REPORTED BY DISPATCH 0155 AM 4 NW ERIE KS 70 MPH TSTM WIND GUST 04/16/03 NEOSHO REPORTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT 0155 AM ST PAUL KS WIND DAMAGE 04/16/03 NEOSHO LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED TREE BLOWN DOWN