June 17th Severe Weather

Severe storms erupted in the early afternoon on June 17 across northern Kansas. Several tornadoes and hail as large as tea cups were reported. A NWS storm team surveyed the damage in north central and northeast Kansas this afternoon.  Two tornadoes were confirmed, and details are listed below.  These were the 4th and 5th tornadoes in the National Weather Service - county warning area in 2009.

Tornado 1

Date: June 17, 2009    County/Counties: Washington/Marshall

Beginning Time: 2:20pm       Ending Time: 2:33pm
Beginning Location: 4.5 N Hanover    Ending Location: 5.5 NE Bremen
Duration: 13 Minutes
Path Length: 8 Miles
Maximum Width: 25 Yards
Deaths: 0
Injuries: 0
EF-Scale Rating: EF-1

THE FIRST VISIBLE SIGN OF A TORNADO WAS LOCATED 4.5 MILES NORTH  
OF HANOVER...NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 27TH AND ZENITH ROAD IN  
WASHINGTON COUNTY. THE TORNADO SNAPPED TWO POWER POLES...ONE  
SNAPPED AT THE BASE AND ANOTHER AT MIDPOINT...NEAR THE WASHINGTON  
AND MARSHALL COUNTY LINE ALONG 27TH ROAD. THE TORNADO TRACKED INTO  
MARSHALL COUNTY WITH SEVERAL TREE BRANCHES DAMAGED ALONG THE  
REMAINDER OF ITS PATH. THE FINAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED 5.5 MILES  
NORTHEAST OF BREMEN...NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CHEROKEE AND 6TH  
ROAD. THE DAMAGE INDICATORS WERE CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-1 RATING.

Tornado 2

Date: June 17, 2009    County/Counties: Marshall

Beginning Time: 2:55pm    Ending Time: 2:55pm
Beginning Location: 4.5 N Beattie    Ending Location: 4.5 N Beattie
Duration: < 1 Minute
Path Length: < 1 Mile
Maximum Width: 25 Yards
Deaths: 0
Injuries: 0
EF-Scale Rating: EF-0

THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A BRIEF TORNADO 4.5 MILES  
NORTHEAST OF BEATTIE. THIS TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY LOCAL STORM  
SPOTTERS AND STORM CHASERS. NO DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED WITH THIS  
TORNADO AND LIKEWISE CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-0 RATING.

A plot of severe weather reports follows.  Locations where tornado damage was noted by the storm survey team, local emergency management, storm spotters, and the public is depict by red dots.  The two tornado paths are identifed along the red points.  Hail reports are in blue, labeled by magnitude.  Thanks to all who assisted today's survey, and all those that provided real-time severe weather reports!

 

Here is an initial listing of severe weather reports from the event:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
357 PM CDT THU JUN 18 2009

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1237 PM     HAIL             3 SW NARKA              39.93N 97.48W
06/17/2009  E2.75 INCH       REPUBLIC           KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0121 PM     HAIL             3 SW AXTELL             39.84N 96.30W
06/17/2009  E1.50 INCH       MARSHALL           KS   STORM CHASER

0133 PM     HAIL             1 S BAILEYVILLE         39.83N 96.18W
06/17/2009  E0.88 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

0136 PM     HAIL             4 WSW BAILEYVILLE       39.82N 96.25W
06/17/2009  E2.00 INCH       MARSHALL           KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0138 PM     HAIL             1 S BAILEYVILLE         39.83N 96.18W
06/17/2009  E2.00 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

0145 PM     HAIL             1 S BAILEYVILLE         39.83N 96.18W
06/17/2009  E3.00 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0155 PM     HAIL             SENECA                  39.83N 96.06W
06/17/2009  E1.75 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   PUBLIC

            RELAYED BY WIBW TV

0156 PM     HAIL             ESE SENECA              39.83N 96.06W
06/17/2009  E1.25 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0200 PM     HAIL             N SENECA                39.84N 96.06W
06/17/2009  E1.50 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0203 PM     HAIL             5 SSW ONEIDA            39.80N 95.98W
06/17/2009  E1.00 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0212 PM     HAIL             6 SSW ONEIDA            39.79N 95.98W
06/17/2009  E1.50 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0215 PM     HAIL             7 SSE ONEIDA            39.77N 95.89W
06/17/2009  M3.00 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            DELAYED REPORT. HAIL MEASURED APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR
            AFTER IT FELL. TIME ESTIMATED.

0220 PM     TORNADO          5 N HANOVER             39.97N 96.88W
06/17/2009                   WASHINGTON         KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEVERAL REPORTS OF DEBRIS IN THE AIR.

0231 PM     HAIL             3 SSW FAIRVIEW          39.81N 95.75W
06/17/2009  E1.75 INCH       BROWN              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0235 PM     TORNADO          5 N MARYSVILLE          39.91N 96.65W
06/17/2009                   MARSHALL           KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NEW TORNADO OBSERVED

0255 PM     HAIL             POWHATTAN               39.76N 95.63W
06/17/2009  E1.50 INCH       BROWN              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0255 PM     TORNADO          5 N BEATTIE             39.93N 96.42W
06/17/2009                   MARSHALL           KS   STORM CHASER

            RELAYED VIA SPOTTER NETWORK.

0304 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     5 NNE BEATTIE           39.93N 96.38W
06/17/2009                   MARSHALL           KS   STORM CHASER

            STORM CHASER REPORTED FUNNEL CLOUD VIA SPOTTER NETWORK



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