Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bennington revisited

At 5:45 pm on May 28, 2013, a large tornado touched down to the west of Bennington and moved very slowly to the east-southeast.  At times the tornado was stationary too!  It eventually curved to the north and then back to the southwest.  The half-mile wide tornado was rated EF-3 and was on the ground for about an hour.  At one point in the tornado's life cycle, mobile Doppler radar measured winds of 247 miles per hour around 330 feet above the ground.  No EF-5 damage was indicated though and thankfully no serious injuries or deaths were reported either.  A few homes were damaged and sadly, 100 head of cattle perished.

More weather information can be found about this day at the Storm Prediction Center's website.

Track path courtesy of NWS Topeka

 Radar data courtesy of NWS Topeka

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