Small but Severe storms strike Sunday May 16th, 2010 (5/18/2010)

By: NWS Wichita

Small but Severe Storms Strike Sunday Night

Storms impact Central, South Central and SE Kansas

May 16th, 2010

 

 

A relatively weak upper level Low Pressure system moved across the central plains Sunday afternoon/evening.  As this moved across the area, breaks in the clouds allowed for the sun to warm up the surface and increase the instability.  Thunderstorms began to develop across central Kansas and another area across southeastern Kansas.  While each area of storms was not overly widespread, the small storms packed a punch at times.  Baseball sized hail was reported in Labette county, and a tornado was reported in western Kingman county. 

While it was not severe, a strong thunderstorm with heavy rain and pea sized hail, approached Great Bend during the late afternoon hours, threatening an outdoor graduation. 

 

 


 

 

 


Labette County Supercell

 

A strong and eventually severe Thunderstorm developed over Chautauqua county and moved eastward and eventually moving southeastward over Labette county.  As it moved across northern Chautauqua county and Montgomery county it dropped large amounts of penny to nickel sized hail.  However, as it moved into better atmospheric conditions over Labette county, it started to strengthen.  Quarter to Ping Pong ball sized hail was reported over central and southern portions of the county with a final report of Baseball sized hail along the Kansas/Oklahoma Border near Highway 59.  The storm eventually moved into Cherokee county and Ottawa County, Oklahoma and weakened. 

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Hail covering the road near Chetopa, KS. Picture courtesy of JD Stewart
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Hail covering the road near Chetopa, KS. Picture courtesy of JD Stewart
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Kingman, Reno County Supercells

Two small yet powerful storms developed over central Kansas and continued to strengthen as they moved southeast.  In Pratt county, the Dodge City Forecast office received reports of a tornado touching the ground near Preston.  As this storm moved into Kingman county, it again showed signs of rotation and another touchdown 4 miles southwest of Penelosa.  This storm also had some Quarter sized hail associated with it.  

A second storm further to the north moved across Reno county and while it displayed signals of mid-level rotation, it did not possess the strong, tight rotation indicative of a tornado.  This storm dropped Quarter sized hail as it made its way across Reno county before weakening over Kingman county. 


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All Storm Reports Received Through 220AM Thursday
 NWUS53 KICT 170417
 LSRICT

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS 1116 PM CDT SUN MAY 16 2010

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

0509 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 5 NW EUREKA 37.87N 96.35W 05/16/2010 GREENWOOD KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

REPORTS OF A COLD AIR FUNNEL ASSOCITIATED WITH THE THUNDERSTORM MOVING THROUGH GREENWOOD COUNTY.

0625 PM HAIL INDEPENDENCE 37.23N 95.71W 05/16/2010 E0.75 INCH MONTGOMERY KS AMATEUR RADIO

0643 PM HAIL 5 S CHERRYVALE 37.20N 95.55W 05/16/2010 E0.88 INCH MONTGOMERY KS CO-OP OBSERVER

DIME TO NICKEL HAIL WITH HEAVY RAIN.

0705 PM HAIL 1 SW MOUND VALLEY 37.20N 95.42W 05/16/2010 E1.00 INCH LABETTE KS PUBLIC

HAIL SIZE RANGED FROM DIME TO QUARTER.

0726 PM HAIL 3 N EDNA 37.10N 95.36W 05/16/2010 E0.88 INCH LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0731 PM TSTM WND GST 3 N EDNA 37.10N 95.36W 05/16/2010 E60.00 MPH LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0741 PM TSTM WND GST EDNA 37.06N 95.36W 05/16/2010 E60.00 MPH LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0756 PM HAIL 3 W CHETOPA 37.04N 95.15W 05/16/2010 E0.75 INCH LABETTE KS BROADCAST MEDIA

KJRH OUT OF TULSA...SPOTTER REPORTS DIME HAIL

0802 PM HAIL 2 S CHETOPA 37.01N 95.09W 05/16/2010 E2.75 INCH LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SPOTTERS OUT FOR COUNTY REPORT BASEBALL HAIL ALONG THE KANSAS/OKLAHOMA STATE LINE. HAIL RANGED FROM 1 WEST OF HIGHWAY 59 TO 3 EAST OF HIGHWAY 59 AND ABOUT 2-3 MILES INTO OKLAHOMA.

0806 PM HAIL CHETOPA 37.04N 95.09W 05/16/2010 E1.50 INCH LABETTE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0944 PM HAIL 2 N PLEVNA 38.00N 98.31W 05/16/2010 E1.00 INCH RENO KS TRAINED SPOTTER

WIND WAS ESTIMATED AT 40 TO 50 MPH.

1000 PM HAIL WNW PENALOSA 37.72N 98.32W 05/16/2010 E1.00 INCH KINGMAN KS TRAINED SPOTTER

1000 PM TORNADO 4 SW PENALOSA 37.67N 98.37W 05/16/2010 KINGMAN KS TRAINED SPOTTER

FUNNEL CLOUD WAS 80 PERCENT TO THE GROUND.

1006 PM HAIL 2 W ARLINGTON 37.90N 98.21W 05/16/2010 E0.88 INCH RENO KS EMERGENCY MNGR

NICKEL HAIL AND 30MPH WINDS WITH HEAVY RAIN

1031 PM HAIL 5 N KINGMAN 37.72N 98.11W 05/16/2010 E1.00 INCH KINGMAN KS STORM CHASER

NICKEL TO QUARTER HAIL COVERING THE GROUND

1040 PM HAIL 3 NNE KINGMAN 37.69N 98.08W 05/16/2010 E0.88 INCH KINGMAN KS TRAINED SPOTTER

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