Large hail and tornadoes pound Southeast Kansas! (5/11/2008)

By: Jerilyn Billings

Supercells produced large hail in Southeastern Kansas and a tornado touches down on the Kansas/Oklahoma state line.

Around 3pm on Saturday afternoon thunderstorms erupted over Sumner county in South Central Kansas along the cold front as it moved southeast through the area. These thunderstorms quickly turned severe producing large hail and a couple funnel clouds before it moved out of Wichita's county warning area.

Image 1 is a radar image showing the supercells as they began and moved over Cowley county at 3:45pm. These storms produced multiple reports of golf ball sized hail ( Image 2, Image 3 and Image 8 )and a few reports of tennis ball sized hail as they moved east rapidly into Elk and Chautauqua Counties. Image 4 shows the storms about 5pm where they packed a punch with 70 mph winds measured at the Parson's Tri City Airport in addition to the quarter to golf ball sized hail.

As the storms were exiting Labette County around 5:15pm, two of the supercells near Oswego and Chetopa, Kansas ( Image 5 ) produced funnel clouds. Image 6 shows a funnel cloud southwest of Chetopa along the Kansas/Oklahoma boarder. Just as the storms were exiting the area, the funnel cloud touched down along the state line and moved into Oklahoma. As the southern supercell continued to move across extreme Northeastern Oklahoma the tornado that touched down south of Chetopa increased in size and moved through Picher, Oklahoma where it caused severe damage and unfortunately fatalities. The northern supercell, near Oswego, KS, that had a funnel cloud produced a tornado as it crossed over into Cherokee county. This storm system continued to produce deadly tornadoes as it moved across Southern Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma and into Arkansas.

Below is a summary of the local storm reports for the event in Southeast Kansas, also view Image 7 for a graphical version of the storm reports.

   PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
   624 PM CDT SAT MAY 10 2008

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS..

0325 PM HAIL 2 NNW GEUDA SPRINGS 37.14N 97.16W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH SUMNER KS TRAINED SPOTTER

HAIL WAS MOSTLY DIME SIZED BUT A FEW UP TO QUARTERS WERE OBSERVED.

0330 PM HAIL 1 E GEUDA SPRINGS 37.11N 97.13W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH COWLEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

0335 PM HAIL ARKANSAS CITY 37.07N 97.04W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH COWLEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

REPORTED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY.

0336 PM HAIL N ARKANSAS CITY 37.07N 97.04W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH COWLEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL NORTH OF ARKANSAS CITY

0340 PM HAIL W GRENOLA 37.35N 96.45W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH ELK KS TRAINED SPOTTER

GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL

0347 PM HAIL 1 NE MOLINE 37.37N 96.29W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH ELK KS STORM CHASER

0349 PM HAIL 10 E ARKANSAS CITY 37.07N 96.86W 05/10/2008 M1.75 INCH COWLEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL

0350 PM HAIL 10 SW DEXTER 37.08N 96.84W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH COWLEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL AT 256TH AND GROUSE CREEK ROAD 10 MILES SW OF DEXTER

0353 PM HAIL 16 E ARKANSAS CITY 37.07N 96.75W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH COWLEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

QUARTER SIZED HAIL

0356 PM HAIL 3 E MOLINE 37.36N 96.25W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH ELK KS STORM CHASER

0356 PM HAIL ELK FALLS 37.37N 96.19W 05/10/2008 M1.75 INCH ELK KS TRAINED SPOTTER

GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL

0356 PM HAIL 3 S DEXTER 37.14N 96.72W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH COWLEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

QUARTER SIZED HAIL

0359 PM HAIL ELK FALLS 37.37N 96.19W 05/10/2008 E2.50 INCH ELK KS TRAINED SPOTTER

HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF TENNIS BALLS

0359 PM HAIL 3 S DEXTER 37.14N 96.72W 05/10/2008 E2.50 INCH COWLEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

0406 PM HAIL 5 E DEXTER 37.18N 96.62W 05/10/2008 M1.00 INCH COWLEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

QUARTER SIZED HAIL COVERING THE GROUND

0416 PM HAIL 4 NE ELK CITY 37.33N 95.86W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH MONTGOMERY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0416 PM HAIL 5 NW INDEPENDENCE 37.28N 95.78W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH MONTGOMERY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

REPORTED NEAR ELK CITY LAKE.

0419 PM HAIL 10 NW ELGIN 37.10N 96.41W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH CHAUTAUQUA KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0420 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 E SYCAMORE 37.33N 95.67W 05/10/2008 MONTGOMERY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

1.5 INCH HAIL OCCURED WITH STORM AND 11 INCH DIAMETER TREE LIMBS DOWN.

0420 PM HAIL SYCAMORE 37.33N 95.72W 05/10/2008 M2.50 INCH MONTGOMERY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

TENNIS BALL SIZED HAIL IN SYCAMORE

0421 PM HAIL SYCAMORE 37.33N 95.72W 05/10/2008 M2.50 INCH MONTGOMERY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

2.5 INCH HAIL NORTH OF INDEPENDENCE NEAR SYCAMORE

0423 PM HAIL 1 W SEDAN 37.13N 96.20W 05/10/2008 E2.50 INCH CHAUTAUQUA KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0425 PM HAIL SEDAN 37.13N 96.18W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH CHAUTAUQUA KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0430 PM HAIL 3 E SEDAN 37.13N 96.13W 05/10/2008 E1.25 INCH CHAUTAUQUA KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0430 PM HAIL SEDAN 37.13N 96.18W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH CHAUTAUQUA KS BROADCAST MEDIA

QUARTER AND GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL REPORTED BY KAKE TV STORM CHASER

0430 PM HAIL 4 W NEODESHA 37.42N 95.75W 05/10/2008 E1.75 INCH WILSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

ALSO ESTIMATED 50 MPH WINDS.

0434 PM HAIL NEODESHA 37.42N 95.68W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH WILSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0434 PM HAIL 2 N CHERRYVALE 37.30N 95.55W 05/10/2008 M1.50 INCH MONTGOMERY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

1.5 INCH HAIL

0435 PM HAIL 5 WNW PARSONS TRI CITY 37.36N 95.60W 05/10/2008 M1.00 INCH MONTGOMERY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

QUARTER SIZED HAIL

0438 PM HAIL 5 S THAYER 37.42N 95.47W 05/10/2008 E1.25 INCH NEOSHO KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0439 PM HAIL 8 S THAYER 37.37N 95.47W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH LABETTE KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0440 PM TSTM WND GST PARSONS TRI CITY AIRPOR 37.33N 95.52W 05/10/2008 M70.00 MPH MONTGOMERY KS ASOS

MEASURED GUST AT THE AIRPORT.

0442 PM HAIL DENNIS 37.35N 95.42W 05/10/2008 E1.00 INCH LABETTE KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0456 PM HAIL PARSONS 37.34N 95.27W 05/10/2008 M0.88 INCH LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

DIME AND NICKEL HAIL

0519 PM TORNADO 2 SSW CHETOPA 37.01N 95.11W 05/10/2008 LABETTE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

0519 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 2 SW OSWEGO 37.15N 95.14W 05/10/2008 LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0520 PM TORNADO 2 S CHETOPA 37.01N 95.09W 05/10/2008 LABETTE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

HOME WAS DAMAGED TWO MILES SOUTH OF CHETOPA ON NATIONS ROAD ON THE KANSAS SIDE OF THE OKLAHOMA BORDER.

0522 PM TORNADO 2 SSE CHETOPA 37.01N 95.08W 05/10/2008 LABETTE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR HIGHWAY 59 ALONG THE KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA STATE LINE.

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



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