By: Robb Lawson
Severe storms producing tornadoes, large hail and flooding strike Central, South Central and Southeast Kansas Friday night(6-3) and Saturday(6-4). Hardest hit by the storms was portions Cowley County.
Two separate upper level disturbances brought severe weather to the area over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th. The first severe weather episode occurred on the evening of the 3rd as severe storms developed over extreme North Central Oklahoma and tracked into portions of South Central Kansas. Image 1 is a radar image of a tornadic storm around 943 pm east of Arkansas City. Image 2 and image 3 are pictures of damage produced by this tornado. A couple hours later another storm developed over Cowley county and affected the southeast portion of the county. Image 4 is a radar image showing yet another tornadic storm west of Maple City in southeast Cowley county. Both of these tornadoes were rated an F1. To view the storm reports from this evening click here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/050603_rpts.htmlThe severe storms moved out of the area late Friday night leaving sunny skies and abundant moisture in place over the region. This set the stage for another severe weather outbreak which began early Saturday evening as a surface front approached the area. Image 5 is a radar image of a tornadic storm over Cowley county around 7pm Saturday evening. Image 6 and Image 7 are pictures of the tornado west of Maple City. To view the storm reports from this event, click here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/050604_rpts.html