Bow Echo Thumps Portions of Central Kansas! (5/7/2008)

By: Robb Lawson

Storms first developed over Western Kansas during the afternoon hours of Tuesday May 6th. These storms intensified as they encountered better low level moisture over Central Kansas. Eventually the storms formed into a line of severe storms called a bow echo, which are known for producing severe straight line winds.

Image 1 is a radar display of the bow echo as it tracked across Barton County , taking aim on Rice and Northwest Reno county. Image 2 is a map showing where severe winds of 60 mph or greater were reported with this storm.

Image 3, Image 4, Image 5, and Image 6 are pictures of the shelf cloud associated with this bow echo as it tracked over Great Bend. These pictures are courtesy of KSN.

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