By: Andy Kleinsasser, Ken Cook
Two squall lines bring high winds, large hail and flooding rains to the area.
During the evening and overnight hours of Thursday, May 31st, two separate squall lines moved across central, south-central and southeast Kansas, producing widespread wind damage, along with large hail and flooding rains. The culprit was a strong cold front approaching from the northwest, associated with a potent upper level disturbance moving southeast out of the central rockies.The first round of thunderstorms moved into central Kansas around 8 pm ( Image 1 ), producing large hail and damaging winds. The thunderstorm cluster evolved rapidly into a bow echo as it turned southeastward ( Image 2), producing more large hail and damaging winds. Of particular note is the estimated 90 to 100 mph downburst winds that struck the community of Moundridge around 1030-1045 PM CDT ( Image 2 ), which produced extensive property and tree damage across the town. Here are some images of the straight line wind damage near Moundridge Image 8 , Image 9 , Image 10 , Image 11 , Image 12 . The squall line weakened some as it continued progressing southeast toward Wichita ( Image 3 ), producing sporadic wind damage and large hail reports. However, a second squall line gained steam as it moved into south-central Kansas around 1 AM CDT ( Image 4 ). This second squall line produced wind damage across south-central and southeast Kansas ( Image 5 , Image 6 ). Here are some damage pictures from near Geuda Springs Image 13 , Image 14, Image 15 , Image 16 . The thunderstorms also produced very heavy rainfall amounts throughout the evening and overnight hours, which lead to more flooding of small streams and creeks, as well as rural and some county roads. Image 7 is a doppler radar estimated storm total precipitation map.