Tornadoes Touch Down in Southwest Kansas

There were several reports of tornadoes touching down in Southwest Kansas during the afternoon on June 15th. The first tornado was a brief touchdown in an open area about 5 miles north northeast of Dodge City at 426 pm.  The second touched down at 527 pm about 5 miles south southeast of Dodge City and was on the ground for about 1.5 miles with a path width of 120 yards.  The storm that spawned this tornado also produced another tornado ten minutes later at 537 pm about 4 miles southeast of Dodge City.  Another tornado developed around 556 PM approximately 6 miles southwest of Belpre and dissipated around 600 PM four miles southeast of Belpre. This tornado was rated EF1 in intensity. The strongest tornado of the day touched down about eight miles southwest of Macksville and passed within 3 miles of the city of Macksville. It was a multivortex tornado with a damage path as wide as 3/4 mile and was rated EF2 in intensity. Preliminary paths and intensities of the tornadoes are attached.  There was also tornado damage southwest and south of Kinsley on that date.  Additional details (track map) will be available by mid-July.  Other severe weather episodes, including tornadoes, occurred earlier in June.  The entire week of severe weather will summarized in this story later in the month.

 

Track of the Dodge City tornado

 

Track of the tornado near Belpre

 

Track of the tornado south of Macksville



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