Brief Tornado in Washington County Thursday Evening

April 29th Tornado Information:

A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS CONFIRMED ACROSS WASHINGTON COUNTY
THURSDAY EVENING.

TORNADO 1 (FIRST TORNADO IN THE TOPEKA WARNING AREA IN 2010)
WASHINGTON COUNTY

BEGINNING TIME: 7:12 PM CDT
ENDING TIME: 7:12 PM CDT
BEGINNING/ENDING LOCATION: 4 NNE OF WASHINGTON
PATH LENGTH: LESS THAN ONE MILE
MAXIMUM WIDTH 25 YARDS ESTIMATED
DEATHS: 0
INJURIES: 0
EF-SCALE RATING: EF-0

A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED OVER OPEN COUNTRY APPROXIMATELY 4
MILES NNE OF WASHINGTON. NO CONDENSATION FUNNEL APPEARED TO REACH
THE GROUND HOWEVER DUST WAS NOTED BENEATH THE ROTATING WALL CLOUD
INDICATING A GROUND CIRCULATION ON TWO OCCASIONS FOR A PERIOD OF
ABOUT 30 SECONDS. NO DAMAGE WAS FOUND TO HAVE OCCURRED. THE TORNADO
WAS DOCUMENTED BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND STORM CHASERS.

Pictures of this tornado (below) are credited to Scott Bennett.  A big thanks to Scott and to all others who submitted severe weather reports to the National Weather Service during this event.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated!

   
   Three still images taken from a video of the storm that produced a tornado near Hollenburg, KS.  A small dust whirl is observed in each of the images--confirming a brief touchdown.

 



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