June 27th, 2013 Severe Damaging Wind Event

 
 
 

June 27th, 2013 Severe Damaging Wind Event

The combination of a very HOT afternoon (highs ranged from 110 to 104),  mixed with a cold front to cause severe thunderstorms to develop during the late afternoon hours in central and western Kansas.  Thunderstorms developed along the front, in central Kansas, and moved southeast during the evening hours.  Due to relatively dry low levels, strong cold pools developed with these storms to cause very strong winds and a quick propagation of the storms across central and south central Kansas.  As the initial discrete storms developed, large hail was also observed, but eventually it became a progressive, severe damaging wind event.  As the squall line dove southeast, winds behind the gust front were extreme with speeds of 70 to 90 mph.  

This storm system caused a wide swath of damage from Lincoln County in central Kansas, south through McPherson,  and Wichita and finally exited the state near Interstate 35 into Oklahoma.

 


 

Map of Reports as of 9:15 am June 28th

 


Damage Images from Central Kansas


Picture of an anemometer that was broken in McPherson, KS. Picture courtesy of Jeremy Cate.

 Damage near McPherson, KS.  Picture courtesy of Jeremy Cate.

 

Damage near McPherson, KS.  Picture courtesy of Jeremy Cate.

 Damage near McPherson, KS.  Picture courtesy of Jeremy Cate.

 

 


 

 

Radar Images of the Squall Line
moving across the Area

 

Radar image of Reflectivity (left) at 707pm June 27th, 2013 showing the severe storms as they
moved across Kansas.

Radar image of Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right)at 546pm June 27th, 2013 showing the severe storm as it moved through McPherson, KS. McPherson measured 92 mph winds with this storm.
Radar image of Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right)at 653pm June 27th, 2013 showing the severe storm as it approaches and moved through Wichita, KS. The Wichita Mid-Continent Airport measured 89 mph winds with this storm.
(Bright blue on velocity image)
Radar image of Reflectivity (left) and Velocity (right)at 707pm June 27th, 2013 showing the severe storm as it moved through Clearwater, KS. (Bright yellow/
orange on velocity image). This storm produced damage across Wichita and south to the state line.

 

Wind Damage and other Images near Wichita, KS


Mammatus clouds before the storms arrived in Northwest Wichita. Picture courtesy of Brad Ketcham

Tree down in Botanica, in Wichita. Picture courtesy of Brad and Denise Ketcham

Fireworks tent collapsed at 167th and West Kellogg just east of Goddard, KS. Picture courtesy of Brad and Denise Ketcham.

Fireworks tent collapsed at 167th and West Kellogg just east of Goddard, KS. Picture courtesy of Brad and Denise Ketcham.

Large utility pole tilted over just south of S. Tyler Rd and West Kellogg, Wichita. Picture courtesy of Brad Ketcham.

Roof peeled off a building just east of S. Ridge road and W. Kellogg along the frontage road. At the Dugan shopping center, Wichita. Picture courtesy of Brad Ketcham.

Roof peeled off a building just east of S. Ridge road and W. Kellogg along the frontage road. At the Dugan shopping center, Wichita. Picture courtesy of Brad and Denise Ketcham.

Spectacular sunset after the storm complex passed south of the area. West Wichita. Picture courtesy of Denise Ketcham

2 foot diameter tree down across the road, West Wichita, near S. Tyler and Rolling Hills Dr., West Wichita. Picture courtesy of Brad and Denise Ketcham.

Damage at At 9th and Edgemoor in Wichita.  Picture courtesy of Kane Oster.

Damage at 9th and Edgemoor in Wichita.  Picture courtesy of Kane Oster.

 

Damage at 9th and Edgemoor in Wichita.  Picture courtesy of Kane Oster.

Picture of the orange sunset after the storms passed. Picture by NWS Wichita

  

Climatological Wind Gusts for Wichita, KS

 

The measured 89 mph wind gust was the highest gust at Wichita's Mid Continent Airport since 1972.  Below is a list of other high wind speeds recorded at Mid Continent Airport. 

 

Date Speed (mph)
7/11/1993 101
6/27/2013 89
4/14/2012 84
6/14/1991 83
7/1/1972 83
3/18/1971 82
7/8/1996 76
7/6/1999 75
7/11/1993 75
6/19/1992 75
5/29/1988 75
8/11/2003 74
7/10/1998 74
5/22/1989 74
7/24/1973 74

            



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