By: Jim Caruso
Severe thunderstorms raked across portions of central, south central and southeastern Kansas Saturday evening, April 1st, 2006.
Scattered severe thunderstorms, a few with supercell characteristics, developed over southwestern Kansas and northwestern Oklahoma late Saturday afternoon ahead of a dryline. These storms then moved northeastward into central and south central Kansas early Saturday evening. Supercell thunderstorms prompted tornado warnings for Barton County, Kingman County, and Reno County. Although no tornadoes were reported, several funnel clouds were sighted in association with the supercells. The storms gradually merged into more linear segments as they continued to rake eastward across much of central and southeastern Kansas during the evening hours. Strong damaging wind gusts of 60 to 75 mph were reported, along with several reports of large hail, the largest of which, was golfball sized in Kingman County.One of the most damaging severe thunderstorms was one that struck Great Bend shortly after 630 pm cst. This storm took the shape of a bow echo (Image 1) as it moved eastward at 55 mph across southeastern Barton County. This storm produced measured winds of 72 mph at an automated observing station at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. A house was severely damaged in Pawnee Rock and a computer store sustained damage in Great Bend. In addition, law enforcement reported that a car trailer was blown off of a highway in Pawnee Rock. It must be emphasized that severe thunderstorms can produce straight-line wind gusts over 100 mph in extreme cases and it is very important that safety precautions are taken when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued. The following is the Preliminary Local Storm Report for Saturday evening's severe weather event:
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS 155 AM CST SUN APR 02 2006 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0612 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 8 W GREAT BEND 38.36N 98.96W 04/01/2006 BARTON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT 0632 PM TSTM WND GST PAWNEE ROCK 38.27N 98.98W 04/01/2006 E60.00 MPH BARTON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT CAR TRAILER WAS BLOWN OFF HIGHWAY. 0640 PM TSTM WND GST GREAT BEND 38.36N 98.81W 04/01/2006 M72.00 MPH BARTON KS ASOS 0645 PM HAIL GREAT BEND 38.36N 98.81W 04/01/2006 M1.00 INCH BARTON KS TRAINED SPOTTER AGTAP SPOTTER BT102. 0650 PM TSTM WND DMG PAWNEE ROCK 38.27N 98.98W 04/01/2006 BARTON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT HOUSE COLLAPSED. 0650 PM TSTM WND GST 1 SSW GREAT BEND 38.35N 98.82W 04/01/2006 E60.00 MPH BARTON KS TRAINED SPOTTER ON WEST SIDE OF GREAT BEND...A COMPUTER STORE WAS UNROOFED. *UPDATE* 0652 PM HAIL GREAT BEND 38.36N 98.81W 04/01/2006 M1.00 INCH BARTON KS TRAINED SPOTTER 0710 PM FLOOD GREAT BEND 38.36N 98.81W 04/01/2006 BARTON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT STREET FLOODING IN PROGRESS. 0828 PM HAIL CUNNINGHAM 37.64N 98.43W 04/01/2006 E1.25 INCH KINGMAN KS TRAINED SPOTTER 0833 PM HAIL 3 N CUNNINGHAM 37.69N 98.43W 04/01/2006 E1.25 INCH KINGMAN KS TRAINED SPOTTER 0840 PM HAIL 1 E CUNNINGHAM 37.64N 98.41W 04/01/2006 M1.75 INCH KINGMAN KS STORM CHASER VIA KWCH CHANNEL 12. 0841 PM HAIL 2 W PENALOSA 37.72N 98.36W 04/01/2006 E1.00 INCH KINGMAN KS AMATEUR RADIO 0845 PM HAIL PENALOSA 37.72N 98.32W 04/01/2006 M1.25 INCH KINGMAN KS LAW ENFORCEMENT 0845 PM HAIL PENALOSA 37.72N 98.32W 04/01/2006 E1.75 INCH KINGMAN KS LAW ENFORCEMENT 0845 PM HAIL 2 W ARLINGTON 37.90N 98.21W 04/01/2006 E0.88 INCH RENO KS EMERGENCY MNGR 0905 PM HAIL 9 W PRETTY PRAIRIE 37.78N 98.18W 04/01/2006 E0.75 INCH RENO KS EMERGENCY MNGR 0920 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 7 N PRETTY PRAIRIE 37.88N 98.02W 04/01/2006 RENO KS BROADCAST MEDIA SEEN FROM HWY 17...4 MILES NE OF PRETTY PRAIRIE. 0930 PM HAIL 4 S HUTCHINSON 38.01N 97.91W 04/01/2006 E1.00 INCH RENO KS TRAINED SPOTTER 0937 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 12 S HUTCHINSON 37.89N 97.91W 04/01/2006 RENO KS AMATEUR RADIO FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED 2 MILES EAST OF CASTLETON. 0950 PM HAIL 3 SSE BUHLER 38.10N 97.75W 04/01/2006 E0.75 INCH RENO KS TRAINED SPOTTER 1002 PM TSTM WND GST GEUDA SPRINGS 37.11N 97.15W 04/01/2006 E60.00 MPH SUMNER KS EMERGENCY MNGR 1005 PM TSTM WND GST 5 S WINFIELD 37.20N 96.97W 04/01/2006 M60.00 MPH COWLEY KS ASOS 1039 PM TSTM WND GST 2 NW ATLANTA 37.46N 96.79W 04/01/2006 E75.00 MPH COWLEY KS AMATEUR RADIO 1113 PM TSTM WND GST 8 W EUREKA 37.82N 96.43W 04/01/2006 E60.00 MPH GREENWOOD KS EMERGENCY MNGR BARN DAMAGED. 1130 PM TSTM WND GST MADISON 38.13N 96.14W 04/01/2006 E60.00 MPH GREENWOOD KS TRAINED SPOTTER DOWNED TREE LIMBS UP TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER. 1150 PM TSTM WND GST BUFFALO 37.71N 95.70W 04/01/2006 E60.00 MPH WILSON KS EMERGENCY MNGR A HOUSE PORCH WAS LIFTED AND A TREE UPROOTED. 1150 PM TSTM WND DMG 5 E INDEPENDENCE 37.23N 95.62W 04/01/2006 MONTGOMERY KS EMERGENCY MNGR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A HOME. 1157 PM TSTM WND GST PARSONS 37.34N 95.27W 04/01/2006 M58.00 MPH LABETTE KS ASOS