April 9, 2013 - Severe Thunderstorms & Winter Storms At The Same Time

April 9 - Wild Storm Brings Rare Weather Combinations

A wild storm system brought a variety of weather types rarely seen in a single day, and even some strange weather combinations occurring at the same time! 

For instance:

  • At one point on Tuesday evening, a winter weather advisory and severe thunderstorm watch were issued for the same areas at the same time.
  • Slightly later in the evening, severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in the same area as the winter weather advisory.
  • One particular strong thunderstorm in north central Kansas produced a combination of nickel size hail and heavy freezing rain as it travelled over ground level air that was only 30 degrees.
  • At Concordia, the temperature fell from 64 degrees at 7 AM to 40 degrees at 2 PM as the cold front passed through.
  • During the afternoon and evening, hail up to the size of golfballs fell from severe thunderstorms in Dickinson county.  By Sunrise on Wednesday, a quarter of an inch of freezing rain was clinging to the trees at the same location.
  • Driving conditions became quite hazardous on Wednesday morning across areas west of a Marysville to Manhattan to Council Grove line due to repeated rounds of freezing rain that eventually froze to the roadways.

This was surely a storm system to remember!  Actual storm reports are linked below on the left, and photos from the event will be posted here in the coming days as well.

NWS Wichita has also set up a web page here with information on the icing that took place in southern Kansas.

Regional Storm Reports  Precipitation Amounts

 Max Expected Hail Size
Blue correlates to around 1 inch

 Photo Courtesy Chuck Moore

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