Thursday, May 22, 2008

Severe weather May 22nd

11:09pm update:

High winds are developing across southcentral Kansas (not in association with a particular storm). Mid-Continent Airport just had a gust to 60 mph! Video has been fed to the station, chasers are heading home...thinking I may do the same thing here before long. Tornado watch continues but it seems the threat for tornadic storms close to Wichita may be decreasing with the loss of heating.

9:25pm update:

Wow...that storm completely fell apart and fizzled out as it got into Pratt County. I wonder if the on-going storms in Oklahoma choked them off? Just random thoughts at this point.

Chasers continue to be out watching the storms...Tornado Watch until 5am.

8:15pm update:

We're getting our video in right now from our various chasers in order to have stuff for you at 9 and 10pm.

Storms in northwest Kansas still causing all kinds of problems...but storm northeast of Coldwater is picking up steam. Pratt....keep an eye out for this!!

7:15pm update:

It's been rather crazy the last couple of hours. Mikey, Ross and Scott have all seen tornadoes (with Scott IN one...more later).

I'm not trying to alarm anyone here...but am growing increasingly worried about a storm that is developing along the KS/OK border about 20 miles southwest of Coldwater.

5:15pm update:

Chasers are keeping busy in western Kansas. Scott Roberts continues to stream live video to us and has seen a few brief funnels but no tornado. He and Mikey Gribble are watching those storms near I-70 while Lance Ferguson heads toward Minneola and Brandon Ivey heads that way too. If you'd like to armchair chase from home, here's the web page for his camera.

4:15pm update:

We've had a couple of tornado reports with the storm in Gove County...moving north. Scott Roberts has his streaming feed up that we're watching here at the station (and just used on the air) but can't see anything at this point. He thought earlier that he might have seen a funnel but it was hard to tell.


3:33pm update:

SPC now has a High risk of severe weather out for parts of central and western Kansas now through the evening. This high risk extends from (hate to say this) Greensburg and Pratt north and northwest toward Russell, Hays and Hill City. SPC says:
.REGIONAL TORNADO OUTBREAK APPEARS LIKELY ACROSS NE CO...NWRN
KS...WCNTRL KS AND NW OK THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...
Most of our chasers are out and either in position or heading to their target area.

2:49PM UPDATE

I'm growing increasingly concerned about strong tornadoes in western Kansas now through this evening. A bunch of the severe weather parameters we look at are really growing stronger along I-70, from Hays to WaKeeney and Colby. A "particularly dangerous situation" tornado watch is out. The Storm Prediction Center reserves these kind of watches for the "big" events. (i.e. Andover tornado of 1991 was a PDS tornado watch). Ironically, the tornado watch that covered Greensburg last year wasn't.
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For a "day off", I've been pretty busy this morning. I've been to the office already and dropped off one StormHawk for one of our chasers and got another fixed too!

We'll need those StormHawks this afternoon and evening. A very busy weather day is shaping up across Kansas. Tornadoes, some strong and perhaps long-lived, very large hail and damaging winds are expected. If you live in Hays, Hill City, Dodge City, Great Bend or Pratt (just to name a few of the towns), please be alert to rapidly changing weather conditions in the late afternoon! Expect tornado watches and likely some tornado warnings later today into this evening. I'll post more later.

1 comment:

wxman said...

The tornado touchdowns in Colorado was the first in the season..Serious damage were in Midwest and Eastern part of Colorado.. The outbreak started in Northern Colorado with a tornado a mile wide over Greenly CO. SPC got 220 damage report mostly from Colorado and Kansas..