Tornado Outbreak 03/28/07

 

March 28, 2007

Tri State Tornado Outbreak

 

A major tornado outbreak occurred March 28, 2007 across the Tri-state region.  Preliminary tornado reports totalling 20 were received at the National Weather Service in Goodland between 5:50 PM MDT and 9:30 PM MDT.  Recent damage surveys have concluded that 16 tornadoes occurred in the area that evening.  The strongest tornado affected Cheyenne county, KS and was rated EF2, with a path length of 26 miles.  This storm tracked just east of Bird City, and numerous homes suffered significant damage. 

Two other tornadoes were rated EF1.  One tornado moved from extreme northern Cheyenne county, KS into Dundy county, NE, just east of Benkelman.  Several homes were damaged, and major tree damage occurred at the golf course.  The other EF1 tornado resulted from a storm which tracked from Greeley county into southern Wallace county, damaging three vacant mobile homes in extreme southern Wallace county.

Seven other tornadoes were rated EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, producing little to no damage.  In addition the NWS in Goodland received over 30 reports of large hail.  The largest hail, reported by law enforcement in Benkelman, NE, was softball size (about 4.25 inches). 

 

Tornado

Looking East from Goodland at 7:09 PM MDT.
Picture courtesy of Cary Amos

Tornado

Southwest of Tribune
Picture courtesy of Arlie and Beth Aeschliman

Tornado

Near Tribune
Picture courtesy of Sharon Springs Western Times

Tornado

Near Sharon Springs. Picture courtesy of Sharon Springs Western Times

Detailed Track of the Cheyenne County, KS Tornado

The National Weather Service Office in Goodland would like to thank Rod Young of Bressler-Young Aviation in Bird City for his help in a fly over survey of damage in Cheyenne County, KS

Tornado Track in Cheyenne County

   

Detailed Track of the Benkelman, NE Tornado 

Benkelman Tornado Track

   

Damage Pictures

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 The latest statement on storm assessments

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
553 PM MDT FRI MAR 30 2007

...DAMAGE SURVEYS INDICATE TEN TORNADOES WEDNESDAY EVENING...

NUMEROUS TORNADOES DEVELOPED AND MOVED RAPIDLY NORTH ACROSS
THE TRI-STATE AREA DURING THE EVENING OF MARCH 28 2007.  THE
MAIN AREAS AFFECTED WERE COUNTIES ALONG THE COLORADO BORDER FROM
WEST-CENTRAL KANSAS INTO SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA.  STORM ASSESSMENT
TEAMS WERE DEPLOYED FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GOODLAND TO
DETERMINE THE INTENSITIES OF THE TORNADOES. THE TEAMS DETERMINED
THAT A TOTAL OF TEN TORNADOES STRUCK THE COUNTIES OF DECATUR...
SHERMAN...GREELEY...WALLACE...AND CHEYENNE COUNTIES IN KANSAS AND
ACROSS DUNDY COUNTY IN NEBRASKA.

THE STRONGEST OF THE TEN TORNADOES OCCURRED IN EASTERN CHEYENNE
COUNTY KANSAS WITH A DAMAGE TRACK EXTENDING FROM SOUTHEAST OF BIRD
CITY TO ROUGHLY 10 MILES NORTH OF BIRD CITY.  A NUMBER OF HOMESTEADS
SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE...GIVING THE TORNADO AN EF2 RATING ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

AS THE BIRD CITY TORNADO WAS DISSIPATING...ANOTHER TORNADO FORMED
APPROXIMATELY THREE MILES TO THE NORTHEAST AND EVENTUALLY MOVED
NORTH INTO SOUTHERN DUNDY COUNTY NEBRASKA...JUST EAST OF
BENKELMAN.  SEVERAL HOMESTEADS WERE IMPACTED AND SIGNIFICANT TREE
DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THE LOCAL GOLF COURSE.  THIS TORNADO WAS GIVEN AN
EF1 RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE.

ANOTHER TORNADO GIVEN AN EF1 RATING MOVED NORTH THROUGH GREELEY
COUNTY AND INTENSIFIED AS IT CROSSED INTO EXTREME SOUTHERN
WALLACE COUNTY. THIS TORNADO BADLY DAMAGED THREE VACANT MOBILE HOMES.

OTHER TORNADOES RATED EF0 OCCURRED IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
-SOUTH CENTRAL GREELEY COUNTY.
-CENTRAL WALLACE COUNTY NEAR SHARON SPRINGS.
-WEST CENTRAL GREELEY COUNTY NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF TOWNER, CO.
-EASTERN DECATUR COUNTY NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF JENNINGS.
-THREE TORNADOES IN EASTERN SHERMAN COUNTY...NEAR AND NORTH OF EDSON.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE MAY BE FOUND AT
HTTP://WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV/EFSCALE.

$$
MENTZER / FLOYD / KRAUSE

 

 

Statistics

For historical reference here are area tornado events in the month of March:

Date

# Tornadoes

3/28/2007

16

3/08/1992

1

3/13/1973

1

3/25/1980

1

3/25/1995

1

3/28/1981

2

3/28/1993

3

3/31/1954

1

Warnings issued on 3/28/07 by WFO GLD

Warning Type

#  Issued

Tornado 24
Severe Thunderstorm 20
Flash Flood 8
 

Related Links

National Weather Service Story on March 28, 2007

National Weather Service Central Region Story on last week’s weather

Storm Prediction Center Page on the new Enhanced Fujita Scale for Tornadoes

                    



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