First Tornadoes of the 2009 Season (3/11/2009)

By: Jerilyn Billings

Weak Tornadoes touched down near Hutchinson, KS on March 7th, 2009.

Severe Weather Season has arrived in Kansas.  On Saturday March 7th a quasi-stationary boundary draped southwest to northeast across central Kansas.  The boundary slowly drifted southeastward throughout the day.  As the sky began to clear in southwestern and south central Kansas, the sun warmed the air southeast of the boundary, destabilizing it and priming the environment for the development of storms.


A few of the storms on the evening of March 7th were strong and produced a few weak tornadoes.   The first severe storm developed in western Reno county producing large amounts of ¼ inch to ½ inch hail.  The storm quickly developed mid-level rotation and a tornado touched down around 4:15pm near Abbyville and Partridge, KS.  The tornado touched down a few times in Reno County and passed just south of the Hutchinson airport at 4:36pm.  Later Wednesday evening a couple tornadoes were reported in Barber and Harper counties.  Preliminary Tornado ratings for all of the tornadoes on March 7th in Reno and Harper counties are EF0.  Fortunately no damage was reported with these twisters. 


Radar image of 0.5 degree base reflectivity at 4:23pm


Pictures provided by Verne Carlson:


Tornado 1 near Abbyville at 4:13pm                                     Tornado 2 near Partridge, KS at 4:18pm

Tornado 3 southwest of Hutchinson, KS at 4:29pm


Pictures provided by Sam Dienst:


 Photographs taken a mile north of KS-61 on Whiteside Rd


Pictures provided by Bryce Kintigh:


 Photos taken South of Hutchinson, KS

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