Spring storms have Sprung (4/5/2014)

By: NWS Wichita

 First Severe Storms of the 2014 Spring Season
April 2nd, 2014

  A warm front lifted north across the Oklahoma/Kansas border during the afternoon of April 2nd.  South of the warm front, temperatures were in the 70s with dewpoints in the upper 50s and 60s.  The addition of strong shear and the location of the boundary meant that any thunderstorms that would develop could become severe.  Thunderstorms developed between 5 and 6pm and persisted into the evening and overnight hours.  Thunderstorms developed and moved east/northeast along the warm front over south central and southeast Kansas.   Some of the storms that hugged the warm front developed good low level rotation and even some brief funnel clouds and in one case a very brief tornado touchdown in Chautauqua County.

  The most significant type of severe weather to impact the region was hail up to 2 inches and excessive rainfall.  Two inch hail hit much of Allen County, especially over the city of Iola.  In south central Kansas 2 inch hail impacted the Kansas Star Casino near Mulvane.  Multiple storms trained over Allen county, producing 3.77 inches of rain at the Iola Water Plant.  This abundance of rain caused county flooding and even some river flooding along the Neosho River. 




Storm Reports from 2 April 2014


Images of Hail across the area on the evening of April 2nd, 2014

Hail in Iola. Picture by Bob Hawk, via Allen County EM and Facebook.

 Hail in Iola.  Picture from Brad Clark via Twitter and WIBW in Topeka.


2 inch hail 3 miles south of Iola. Picture by Chad Cowan, picture from Twitter.

 Quarter to Golfball sized hail in Sedan. Picture from Fox23 Stormtracker Greg McLaughlin, photo via Twitter. 

Hail that fell near McPherson on I-135. Picture by Rodney Nonamaker, via Twitter. 

 Quarter size hail in Hutchinson. Picture from Weather Watchers on Twitter

 1.5 inch hail that fell at the Kansas Star Casino. Picture by Iowa Storm Chasing on Twitter.

 Rural Mulvane resident sent picture of this hail near K-15 and Greenwich road.  Picture via Mulvane Emergency Services on Facebook. 


Photo taken by Joesph Tyree near Hale, KS.

Photo taken by Joesph Tyree near Hale, KS.



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