Severe Weather Roars into June! (6/3/2011)

By: NWS Wichita

Large Hail, Tornadoes, and Heavy Rains

Across Central Kansas

June 1st, 2011

  

 

What happened: Initial development of thunderstorms began in the mid morning hours which further evolved through the afternoon and evening hours.  These storms produced a few tornadoes, large hail, gusty winds, and flooding rains.

Meteorological Background: A ridge of high pressure had camped out across the central United States for much of Wednesday, June 1st; however, a surface boundary which stretched from northwestern Kansas and sourthwestern Nebraska to eastern Kansas combined with abundant instability helped prompt development of severe thunderstorms.  The early development of storms and associated outflow helped to enhance the surface boundary which further aided these storms.  A brief tornado touched down in central Kansas.  These storms also produced large hail up to baseball size, winds of about 65-80 mph, and very heavy rains which led to significant flooding for northern Kansas. 


 


Overview loop of radar data and warnings


Visible satellite imagery

  

 



Radar Images


Radar image of supercell along the Russell and Lincoln County border.

Radar image of  doppler wind velocities.  Strong rotation occurs where bright red and green are close together seen along the eastern edge of Russell County.

Radar image of supercell along the Russell and Lincoln County border.

Radar image of  doppler wind velocities.  Strong rotation occurs where bright red and green are close together seen along the eastern edge of Russell County.

 


Damage Pictures

 
 
Straight-line wind damage to grain elevator on the south side of Lincoln.
 
Weak tornado damage 3 miles west/northwest of Lincoln
 
Weak tornado damage 3 miles west/northwest of Lincoln
 
Straight-line wind damage 2NW of Sylvan Grove
 
Straight-line wind damage 2NW of Sylvan Grove


Storm Pictures

 

 Storms moving into Central KS. Picture by Damon Vonada.

Storms moving into Central KS. Picture by Damon Vonada. 

Supercell thunderstorm moving into Central KS by Damon Vonada. 

 

 A well defined wall cloud south of Roxbury by Denise Schwantes.

 Supercell thunderstorm moving into Central KS by Damon Vonada.

A well defined wall cloud south of Roxbury by Denise Schwantes.

Wall cloud on the Marion/McPherson County line. 


4 miles east of Barnard. Photo taken by Justin Reed.
 
 

Flooding



Bullfoot Creek in Lincoln County

Saline River south of Vesper

Salt Creek at Barnard

Salt Creek at Barnard

 

Reports

Storm reports

Tornado tracks


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Summary of Most Significant Severe Reports

 

Large Hail: 2.00 inches (hen egg) - 6 N Wilson

                     2.75 inches (baseball) - 1 N Canton, 2 W Paradise,

                                                              and Wilson Lake

Tornadoes: Brief touchdowns in Lincoln and Russell Counties.

 

Damaging Wind: E80 mph - Lincoln

                                                 E65 mph - 4 W Paradise

Flooding: Most of the roads in and out of Barnard closed from high water on the Salt Creek.

 

 

 

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