Residents Contend with Tornadoes, High Winds, Large Hail
Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – Sherman County, Kan., residents can be forgiven for being a little gun shy Tuesday morning following an evening of facing all manner of threats from severe thunderstorms. The northwestern Kansas community was pounded by tornadoes, high winds and very large hail Monday evening, though there had been no reports of damages as of early Tuesday morning.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center received reports of three Kansas tornadoes, Monday evening, two near Goodland and another near Rago in Kingman County in the south-central part of the state. A rope tornado touched down just east of the community.
The Center also received 72 reports of high winds and 120 reports of large hail.
Goodland was one of four locations that reported 4.25-inch diameter hail from Monday’s storms, and had reports of winds reaching 79 and 72 mph. (See local storm reports compiled by staff at the Goodland National Weather Service office by selecting July 20, 2009, Storm Reports under top news of the day on the web page at http://www.weather.gov/gld.)
There were also three tornadoes reported in the Denver-Boulder area of north-central Colorado. Brief touchdowns were reported near Englewood in Arapahoe County, and near Castle Rock in Douglas County. See storm reports from NOAA’s Boulder/Denver National Weather Service office at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.ph[p?site=BOU&product=LSR&issuedby=BOU.
In addition to Goodland, 4.25-inch diameter hail was reported Tuesday northeast of Wallace in Wallace County, Kan., north of Parks and east of Haigler in Dundy County, Neb. The peak wind reading for the day was 80 mph northeast of Pahuska in Osage County, Okla. Braman in Kay County, Okla., reported 78 mph winds.
NOAA forecasters said the severe weather threat for Tuesday has moved to the south to include central and northeastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, southwestern Arkansas and northwestern Louisiana. Another area at risk for severe weather includes most of New York state and parts of Virginia and West Virginia. See the Storm Prediction Center convective outlook at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook.
Heavy overnight rains caused significant flash flooding problems in southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri, forecasters said. Flash Flood Warnings and Watches were in effect for Tuesday morning in Allen, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties in Kansas and in Barton, Vernon and Jasper counties in Missouri.
See the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center forecast at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaa.gif.
Local weather forecasts and current conditions may be seen by selecting the desired location on the National Weather Service U.S. weather map at http://weather.gov. The NOAAWatch daily weather briefing is at http://www.noaawatch.gov/briefing.php.
Contact: Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135.