Tornadic Week

6:13 pm in Extreme Weather, Storm Summaries by Ted Keller

We’ve had a lot of noteworthy tornadoes last week in the U.S.

On Wednesday, September 15th, severe storms sprang up violently over portions of southcentral and southeastern Kansas.  Discrete supercell storms produced both tornadoes and extremely large hail. In fact, a new state record for large hail may be threatened in Kanasa as a result of these storms.  The Wichita NWS has an excellent summary of the severe weather outbreak.

Later that same evening, the individual cells merged into a severe squall line with bowing line segments as it finished moving through eastern Kansas and then headed into the Ozarks.  Shortlly before 11 pm, a weak EF0 tornado was on the ground for only one half mile about 4-5 southwest of Nixa.  The Springfield NWS has a review of the tornado as well as downbursts and heavy rain in southwest Missouri on this day.

On Thursday, September 16th, a cool front was responsible for two additional tornadic areas.  In New York City, the National Weather Service confrms two tornadoes within the city limits.  An EF0 tornado touched down in Brooklyn while an EF1 rating was attatched to a Flushing/Bayside twister in Queens.  The storm killed one person.  A link to the news story and to the NWS report.

Also on Thursday, severe thunderstorms formed in southeastern Ohio and traveled southeast into West Virginia, producing tornadoes including two EF3’s and several EF2’s.