April 14, 2011 Severe Weather (4/18/2011)

By: NWS Wichita

Severe Weather Outbreak

April 14, 2011


 

What happened: A line of severe thunderstorms produced a few brief tornadoes, several funnel clouds, quarter to tennis ball sized hail, and 70 mph winds on the evening of Thursday, April 14th, 2011.

 

Background: A powerful spring storm system over the Rocky mountains moved east and strengthened across the High Plains  on April 14, 2011.  Thunderstorms rapidly developed by mid-afternoon along a dryline extending from southern Kansas to Texas. With abundant instability and wind shear, the storms became severe and moved rapidly northeast across central and southeast Kansas. Thunderstorms initially developed near the intersection of the dry air behind the dryline and the moisture which surged north from the Gulf of Mexico.

 


Overview loop of radar data, warnings, and storm reports


Image showing the tornado warning for Cowley Co. at 5:00 PM CDT

  


 

 Multiple funnel clouds in Cowley, Chautauqua, and Greenwood Counties. 

Radar

KICT WSR-88D Base Reflectivity at 516 PM CDT KICT WSR-88D Base Reflectivity at 517 PM CDT

Images


Funnel cloud near the intersection of US-166 and K-15 in southeast Cowley County.  Image taken by Zach Legleiter and Allen Fuller which is courtesy of Arkansas City Emergency Management.

Photo taken east of 32nd north and Broadway at    420 PM CDT.  Photo taken by Rick courtesy of KWCH.


Tornado located on the Cowley/Elk County line. Courtesy of Jim Reed


 Hail in McPherson, Kansas at 416 PM CDT.  Photo taken by Lanae Powell courtesy of KWCH.


       Hail in Barnard, KS. Photo taken by Randy Longino.


Photo of hail in McPherson, Kansas at 425 PM CDT.  Photo taken by Cheryl Vincent courtesy of KWCH. 

 Photo near Cowley/Elk county line at 504PM CDT. Photo courtsey Jim Reed

Photo near Cowley/Elk county line at 504PM CDT. Photo courtsey Jim Reed

Photo of funnel cloud in southwest Elk county at 514pm CDT.  Photo courtsey Jim Reed

Funnel near Dexter KS. Photo taken by Monty Moore.

Funnel near Dexter KS. Photo taken by Monty Moore.


 2 Tornadoes occurred in Saline County. 
KICT WSR-88D Base Reflectivity at 507 PM CDT KICT WSR-88D Base Velocity at 507 PM CDT

Images

Funnel cloud over Kipp, KS. Picture taken by Pam King, courtesy of KWCH.

Funnel cloud over Eastern Saline County. Picture taken by Jessica Sprecker, courtesy of KWCH.

Funnel cloud over Kipp, KS. Picture taken by Milton Eitel.

  

 Picture taken by Robert Rose,  at Water Well Road and 9th Street (just south of Salina)  looking ENE.

 

Funnel cloud just southeast of Salina.  Picture taken by Jill Johnson, courtesy of KWCH. 

 

EF0 tornado damage 5 miles south of Tescott, KS.

EF0 tornado damage 5 miles south of Tescott, KS.


EF0 tornado damage 5 miles south of Tescott, KS.


 Storm Reports

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