Tornadoes, Funnel Clouds, and Rain

Two brief tornadoes occurred across northwest Kansas and eastern Colorado during the afternoon of May 25, 2009.  The first tornado was reported three miles north of Stratton, Colorado, in Kit Carson County around 1220 PM MDT.  The second tornado occurred 14 miles north northwest of Horace, Kansas, in Greeley County around the same time. Both of these tornadoes were classified as landspouts.

Funnel clouds were also reported across Yuma and Kit Carson counties in Colorado plus Sherman, Thomas, and Wallace counties in Kansas. 

Funnel clouds in Yuma County near County Roads 54 and U. Pictures courtesy of Steve Schafer.


Sherman Cnty Funnel Cloud

The picture above is of a funnel cloud that occurred ~8 miles north of Goodland. Photo courtesy of A. Pietrycha

 Moderate to heavy rain was also common across the Tri-State area.  Twenty four hour rainfall amounts in excess of one inch occurred north of Interstate 70 by Tuesday morning, and several locations in Rawlins County, Kansas, and Dundy County, Nebraska, reported approximately three inches of rain. An additional one or two inches of rain will occur during the day Tuesday.


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