By: Robb Lawson
Two rounds of severe storms produced destructive hail across portions of South Central Kansas on Monday April 24th.
An unseasonably warm and moist air mass was situated over the southern plains on Monday April 24th. An upper level disturbance allowed the rapid development of severe storms during the early morning hours on April 24th. Image 1 shows a severe thunderstorm as it approached West Wichita around 7 am. This storm produced up to baseball size hail which broke out windows in numerous vehicles and caused some damage to homes in Wichita. Image 2 Image 3 and Image 4 are pictures of the hail that struck the western portion of Wichita early Monday morning. These storms continued tracking east and southeast through the morning hours dropping additional large hail.Storms redeveloped Monday afternoon east of a dry line across Northwest Oklahoma. These storms gained strength as they tracked northeast into South Central Kansas. Up to hen egg size hail was reported with these storms as they tracked through Sumner county and then north through Butler and Sedgwick counties. Image 5 is a radar image of these storms at around 530 pm. Click on the following link for a display of severe weather reports from April 24th 2006: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/060424_rpts.html