Strong Storms Bring Very Large Hail to Northeast Kansas
Late in the day on Friday April 8th, strong thunderstorms formed in southeast Kansas and pushed northward into northeast Kansas. As these storms pushed northward they left a swath of hail across Morris county, with the largest stones measuring 3" in diameter. Later in the evening, around 10 pm a very strong thunderstorm moved northward out of Chase county into Morris county. Radar signatures indicated that a tornado may have spawned from the storm between Burdick and Hymer. Despite the intense signature, no tornado has been confirmed due to the fact that the possible tornado occurred over open country and no one witnessed it. Other strong storms in Wabaunsee and Anderson counties also produced swaths of 1 inch to 1.5 inch hail during the evening of April 8.
Above: Radar image from of the storms which produced very large hail and a possible tornado.
Above: A radar image depicting the strong rotaion near Hymer. The bright green and bright red colors oriented in this fashion suggest rotation, with brighter colors indicating the stronger rotation. It should be noted that tornadoes cannot be verified without visual confirmation of an occurring tornado.
Local Storm Reports:
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
0909 PM HAIL 5 ESE BURDICK 38.54N 96.76W
04/08/2011 E1.75 INCH MORRIS KS PUBLIC
0923 PM HAIL 4 E WILSEY 38.64N 96.60W
04/08/2011 E2.50 INCH MORRIS KS TRAINED SPOTTER
0924 PM HAIL 4 E WILSEY 38.64N 96.60W
04/08/2011 E3.00 INCH MORRIS KS PUBLIC
0938 PM HAIL 3 WSW GARNETT 38.26N 95.29W
04/08/2011 E1.00 INCH ANDERSON KS PUBLIC
0941 PM HAIL 7 N COUNCIL GROVE 38.76N 96.49W
04/08/2011 E1.00 INCH MORRIS KS TRAINED SPOTTER
0950 PM HAIL 6 ESE ALTA VISTA 38.83N 96.39W
04/08/2011 E1.50 INCH WABAUNSEE KS TRAINED SPOTTER
1010 PM HAIL SE ESKRIDGE 38.86N 96.10W
04/08/2011 E1.00 INCH WABAUNSEE KS TRAINED SPOTTER