April 29th Central/South-Central KS Severe Thunderstorms (5/3/2010)

By: NWS Wichita

April 29th Central/South-Central KS Severe Thunderstorms


A strong cold front surged southeast into a warm, moist and unstable airmass during the evening hours of April 29th, producing widespread strong to severe thunderstorms across much of central Kansas, and portions of south-central and east-central Kansas.  The initial storm developed shortly after 4pm, producing quarter size hail 2 miles east of Barnard in Lincoln county.  That storm quickly moved northeast of the area, leaving much of central and south-central Kansas storm-free for the next 4 hours.  However, by 8-8:30 pm, strong to severe thunderstorms re-erupted over central Kansas as the cold front surged southeast, starting a nearly 5 hour barrage from central Kansas southeast through roughly the Kansas Turnpike corridor.  Numerous reports of quarter to golfball size hail were received, as well as straight-line winds of 60 to 70 mph.  

For an interactive map and complete list of severe weather reports, please click here.

See the image below for a looping radar throughout the event.

Damage photos may be forthcoming, so please check back for updates.


Radar Loop 8 pm--2:30 am April 29-30th.


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