June 27, 2013 - Severe Storms Bring Hail & Damaging Winds

Thursday, June 27th provided a variety of weather across north central, northeast, and east central Kansas.  The morning started off with a powerful thunderstorm moving out of southeast Nebraska and across extreme northeast Kansas.  This storm produced powerful winds, hail as large as 4 inches, and up to 3 inches of rainfall.  Additional storms moved south out of Nebraska around mid-day and produced another round of hail and strong winds.  These storms weakened as they approached Manhattan and died out by the middle of the afternoon.

The morning storms pushed a rain-cooled airmass across parts of northeast Kansas that helped keep temperatures in the 80s.  However, the rest of Kansas was very hot by Thursday afternoon with heat index values ranging from 100 to 110 degrees, and even hotter in parts of south central Kansas. 

The intense heat and humidity helped fuel an area of very strong storms that developed over north central Kansas, and then accelerated toward the Wichita area, producing winds of 80 mph or stronger, and wind-driven hail up to the size of softballs.  A final round of strong storms developed on Thursday evening just north of Interstate 70 in northeast Kansas.  These storms produced several areas of hail across northeast Kansas, with up to 2.25 inches in diameter (just a bit smaller than a tennis ball) reported in Pottawatomie County.  In addition, 70 mph winds in the Fort Riley area, and caused quite a bit of tree damage as they tracked south in to Lyon county.

Here is a summary of severe weather reports across the region
(Click the image to link to the interactive page)

Here is a precipitation total summary (dark blue - 0.50", bright green - 1.00")
(Click the image link for an interactive page)

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