May 25th Central Kansas Tornadoes

May 25th 2012

Central Kansas Tornadoes

 


 

On the evening of May 25th, several supercell thunderstorms developed in central Kansas near and along a warm front that was along Interstate 70.  Storms developed quickly over Ellis and Rush Counties and moved northeast until they intersected the warm front.  The storms then anchored to the warm front, turning east and moving into Russell County. Three separate supercells moved across portions of Russell, and multiple tornadoes touched down.  There were a couple of more notable touchdowns.  One was near sunset south of Gorham which touched down in open fields.  The second one touched down around 945pm on the south side of the city of Russell. This tornado was surveyed by the Wichita NWS and was rated an EF-2.

A couple other tornadoes touched down just outside of the Wichita NWS Office jurisdiction in Rush County.  One of these tornadoes was rated an EF-2 while a second that hit the town of LaCrosse was rated an EF-1.  Please see Dodge City's page for more information. (Click Here)

 


 Tornado Track

 


Pictures of Damage


Damage to trailer in South Russell

Manufactured home destroyed, EF2 damage.

Part of a tree wedged into a home.

Home damaged by flying debris

Home damaged in South Russell. 
 

 

 


Pictures of the Tornadoes


Picture of Tornado south of Gorham. Picture coutesy of Haden Frank.

Picture courtesy of Haden Frank.

Tornado in Russell KS. Picture by Jill Seguine


Southwest of Gorham. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Finch and Fritz Kruse.


Southwest of Gorham. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Finch and Fritz Kruse.

Southwest of Gorham. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Finch and Fritz Kruse.

 


Radar Images


Base reflectivity at 8:35 pm of the storm that produced a tornado south of Gorham, KS in Russell County. 

Base velocity at 8:35 pm of the storm that produced a tornado south of Gorham, KS in Russell County.

Base reflectivity at 9:36 pm of two separate supercells both producing tornadoes.  The northern cell is producing a tornado in Russell while the second is producing a tornado in Rush County.

Base velocity at 9:36 pm of the two supercells producing tornadoes.  The northern cell is producing a tornado in Russell while the second is producing a tornado in Rush County.
Animation showing reflectivity and warnings for the evening of May 25th. 

 


Storm reports


(click image below for additional info)

 


 

Video of Tornadoes in Russell County

Video taken by Brandon Ivey

 

 



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