Brief tornadoes observed near Dodge City

Two brief tornadoes occurred Tuesday afternoon (June 2, 2009) in Ford County as a slow moving upper level low moved across the area.  Thunderstorms developed during the early afternoon and some of them became very strong producing hail up to the size of a quarter.  One storm acquired enough shear from the wind field to produce a small tornado that lasted about a minute to the southwest of Dodge City.  Dodge was never threatened though as the twister was moving south and then a little southwest.  It kicked up quite a bit of dust in a plowed field but never threatened any structures.

A map showing the location of the first tornado (click the thumbnail)

Map showing the track of a tornado southwest of Dodge City

About an hour later another tornado developed east of Dodge City in the vicinity of Windthorst.  There was good signature on radar for a brief period and there was at least one visual report.  At the time of the submission of this article there were no reports of damage.

An image of the Dopper Radar display (click the thumbnail)



A map showing the location of the second tornado near Windhorst (click the thumbnail)

Track of the tornado near Windhorst



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