May 30: Severe Thunderstorms Bring Damaging Winds & Hail

 

Severe Thunderstorms Bring Damaging Winds and Large Hail

May 30, 2012 Storm Reports
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An early morning round of thunderstorms on May 30th brought the first round of large hail, with golfball size hail stones damaging roofs east of Carbondale.  By late afternoon, a second round of severe hunderstorms rapidly developed across north central and northeast Kansas.  Initially, the storms produced very large hail with reports of up to ping pong ball size hail in northeast Kansas with tennis ball size hail in central Kansas.  The hail reportedly caused significant damage to wheat fields and other crops, particularly in the Ada Kansas area west of Minneapolis.

By the evening hours, a very strong storm north of Manhattan began to push out strong winds across Riley and Pottawotomie counties.  Winds of 60 to 70 mph raced across towns such as Olsburg, Westmoreland, and Wamego...bringing down large limbs and a few trees.  The wind storm increased in intensity once again as it approached Rossville, Silver Lake, Willard, and Northwest Topeka.  A framed church under construction was brought to the ground by the strong straight line winds up to 70 mph while there was tree and power line damage in parts of northwest Topeka.  The storms eventually weakened as they pushed east, although winds up to 40 mph were common.

The thunderstorms also brough much needed rainfall to the area, with widespread amounts of 0.5" to 2.0" reported.  Despite the beneficial rain, much of the region remains well below normal for rainfall over the spring months.

Regional Precipitation Reports
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