May 30th large hail and damaging winds... (6/5/2012)

By: NWS Wichita

May 30th Large Hail and Damaging Winds

Severe storms developed over central Kansas between 3 and 4 pm on Wednesday May 30th. These storms quickly became severe producing hail slightly larger than golf balls. Between 5 and 6 pm, additional storms developed over south central Kansas with one of the storms dumping up to 2 inch diameter hail as it tracked across Wichita. Toward sunset the storms eventually formed into a line and raced south while producing damaging winds up to 70 mph.

Visible satellite animation from May 30th


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 Storm pictures

Shelf cloud approaching the northwest side of Wichita. Picture by Robb Lawson.

Picture taken from downtown Wichita looking west. Picture taken by Alex Laugeman.

Severe storm approaching downtown Wichita. Picture taken by Alex Laugeman.

Hail over NW Wichita. Picture taken by Janet Spurgeon.

Hail that fell over North Hutchinson. Picture taken by Deanna Fehrenbacher and courtesy of KAKE-TV.

Hail that fell over West Wichita. Picture taken by Brooke Walker-Peck and courtesy of KAKE-TV.

Large hail that fell near 29th and Tyler. Picture courtesy of KAKE-TV.
Photo taken by Brian Johnson about 87th and Oliver outside of Kechi.


Radar images

702 pm radar image when the storms first started to organize into a line and produce severe winds.

702 pm radar velocity image showing the 60 to 70 mph winds near Hutchinson.

745 pm radar image showing the bow echo approaching Wichita.

Radar animation starting around 5 pm showing the supercell thunderstorm that produced the large hail across Wichita.


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