June 15th 2009 - Widespread Severe Storms! (6/16/2009)

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An extremely moist air mass was in place across all of Kansas on Monday June 15th along with unseasonably strong mid and upper level winds. A weak surface boundary combined with an approaching upper disturbance to ignite severe storms across much of Kansas.

Supercell thunderstorms first erupted over Western Kansas and as these storms progressed east the threat transitioned from tornadoes to severe straight line winds. These winds caused damage and power outages across much of Reno, Harvey, Marion, McPherson and Butler Counties. Supercells also developed during the late afternoon hours just east of Wichita in Western Butler County. These storms produced several weak tornadoes along with large hail.

Below is a map showing where severe weather occurred across the area(click image to enlarge).

 


 

Damage and Storm Pictures(click on images to enlarge)

Supercell thunderstorm transitioning to more of a squall line as it enters Western Reno Co. Picture by Stephanie Dunten.

Supercell thunderstorm transitioning to more of a squall line as it enters Western Reno Co. Picture by Stephanie Dunten.

Wind damage Northwest of Halstead in Harvey County.

Wind damage Northwest of Halstead in Harvey County.

Wind damage Northwest of Halstead in Harvey County.

Map of wind damage Northwest of Halstead. Winds estimated around 100 mph.

Wind damage 3-6 miles South of Canton in Eastern McPherson County.

Wind damage 3-6 miles South of Canton in Eastern McPherson County.

Wind damage to a moblie home 3 miles East of Leon. Picture courtesy Butler Co. Emergency Management.

Wind damage to a moblie home 3 miles East of Leon. Picture courtesy Butler Co. Emergency Management.

Rope tornado 1/2 mile east of Bluestem just north of Hwy 54 in Butler Co. Image courtesy Tammy Zimmerman.

Large funnel cloud just to the Southwest of El Dorado. Picture courtesy Butler Co. Emergency Management.

Funnel cloud just east of Florence in Marion Co. Picture courtesy Alan Black.

Supercell thunderstorm in Marion County. Picture by Jim Saueressig II

Supercell thunderstorm in Marion County. Picture by Jim Saueressig II

Wall cloud with funnel in Marion County. Picture by Jim Saueressig II

Lightning across Central Kansas. Picture by Jim Saueressig II.


Picture of the Butler County supercell thunderstorm that produced numerous brief tornadoes. This picture was taken from the northwest side of Wichita by Janet Spurgeon.


Picture of possible tornado near El Dorado. Picture by Peter Lucas.


Picture of supercell thunderstorm in Butler County. Picture by Peter Lucas.

Picture of funnel cloud near SE 70th Street and Bluestem Rd., looking to the NNE. Picture by Matthew Kumjian.

Large funnel located at SE 70th Street and Bluestem Rd., looking to the NNE. Picture by Matthew Kumjian.

Dissipating rope tornado, taken from SE 20th street, just off
Bluestem Rd. (no more than .1-.2 miles east of Bluestem Rd.).
Picture by Matthew Kumjian.

 


 

Radar Images(click on images to enlarge)

Radar image(Dodge City) showing the storm that produced the destructive winds across Reno and Harvey Counties.

Radar image(Topeka) showing two supercells. One just east of El Dorado(Butler County) with another near Florence(Marion County).

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



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