With May On Its Way Out Severe Weather Returned to Central and South Central Kansas (5/31/2006)

By: Robb Lawson

Up until the last few days of the month, May has been very quiet in the severe weather department across Central and South Central Kansas. However, as June approached, Mother Nature reminded us that we are still in the middle of severe weather season.

A weak cold front made its way into Kansas on Monday May 29th and by the afternoon hours this front stretched from near Salina to near Medicine Lodge. Storm finally fired along this boundary a couple hours before sunset. Image 1 is a radar display from around 10 pm. These storms produced hail to the size of quarters and winds around 60 mph. The highest wind gust occurred in Sedgwick County when Maize reported a 68 mph wind gust at 10:22 pm. Click the following link for a list of severe weather reports from May 29th: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/060529_rpts.html

Severe storms affected the same general locations on Tuesday May 30th. With an extremely unstable airmass in place across Central and South Central Kansas, an outflow boundary was all that was needed for storms to erupt. Storms developed along this surface boundary around 1 pm and quickly became severe. Image 2 is a radar display from around 3 pm on Tuesday May 30th. Along with large hail and damaging winds, these storms also caused some localized flooding, most notably in Wichita, where water was reported flowing over numerous roads. For a complete list of severe reports from May 30th, click here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/060530_rpts.html

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.

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