Landspout Tornado and Large Hail impact central Kansas (7/6/2011)

By: NWS Wichita

Landspout Tornado and Large Hail Impact Central Kansas

July 2nd, 2011

  

  

 What happened:

A brief landspout tornado developed near Moundridge, KS early Saturday evening July 2nd 2011 around 7 pm. The thunderstorm which produced the rope-like tornado formed along and interacted with the surface stationary front draped from west to east across central Kansas. This surface boundary interacted with the low level wind flow into the storm updraft, causing the air to spin-up the brief landspout tornado. While no damage was reported, this landspout tornado was seen from several miles away. As the outflow from the parent thunderstorm surged west of the main updraft region, the source of the spinning updraft was cut-off, making the tornado rather brief. There were other reports of severe weather on the evening of July 2nd 2011, including strong damaging winds and large hail. Early in the evening, downburst winds downed power poles and large trees in the Arkansas City area. Later in the evening, after the landspout tornado, hail up to tennis ball size and 70 mph winds occurred across Ellsworth County in central Kansas.

 


Overview loop of radar data, warnings and storm reports


3-D image of the storm northwest of Moundridge at 714 PM.

  

 


Landspout Tornado


Radar Images


Base reflectivity image at 714 PM or shortly after a brief rope-like tornado was observed northwest of Moundridge.



Base velocity image at 714 PM or shortly after a brief rope-like tornado was observed northwest of Moundridge.

 

 

Landspout Tornado Photos





Picture taken by Denise Critchfield. Picture looking west of Hesston. Photo courtesy of KSN.
Picture taken by Brenda Eitzen.
Photo courtesy of KAKE.
 Picture taken by Lisa Swan at Arapaho Rd. in Moundridge, KS.  Photo courtesy of KAKE.
 Picture taken by Erika Keller near the Hesston exit. Photo courtesy of KSN.




 Picture taken by Sarah Oehmke-lejuerrne. Photo courtesy of KSN. 

Picture taken by Sarah Oehmke-lejuerrne. Photo courtesy of KSN.

Picture taken by Don and Jen Hazelton of Moundridge, KS. Photo courtesy of KSN
Picture taken by Chris Monares of tornado north of Hesston. Picture courtesy of KAKE.



Picture taken by Clay and Baylee Siemens. Photo courtesy of KWCH.

Picture taken 2 miles south of Moundridge by Shane Sebrant from Moundridge, KS.  Photo courtesy of KWCH and KSN.

Picture taken by Don and Jen Hazelton of Moundridge, KS. Photo courtesy of KSN

 


Large Hail in and near Ellsworth
 
 
Radar Images


Base reflecivity image showing three body scatter spike (TBSS)  or hail spike in Ellsworth county at 814 PM.

Base velocity image with area of rotation southeast of Ellsworth at 814 PM.

 
 

Picture of hail near Ellsworth, KS.
Picture courtesy of KAKE.

 




Photo by Jacqueline Weaver, taken around 815pm July 2nd, 2011. Picture courtesy of KSN.
Photo by Jacqueline Weaver taken around 8:15pm July 2nd, 2011. Picture courtesy of KSN and KWCH.
Picture of hail near Ellsworth, KS. Photo courtesy of KAKE.

 

 

 

 

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