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Critical Fire Weather in the Southwest; Well Above Normal Temperatures in the Northern Plains

A low pressure system off southern California will bring dry and windy conditions across Arizona today supporting critical fire weather. Southerly winds will allow the northern Plains to continue to see rather mild temperatures with highs nearing or exceeding 60 degrees over the next several days, about 20-30 degrees above average. Read More >

Overview

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes from the Texas Panhandle/western Oklahoma northward into southwest and central Kansas and into the Upper Midwest occurred during the afternoon to evening hours of 16 May 2017. Several supercells developed over southwest into central Kansas with one of these storms resulting in several tornado reports. An initial tornado with this storm occurred south-southeast of Minneola shortly before 6 pm CDT and was rated EF1 with a path length of 4 miles. A second, EF3 tornado started shortly before 8 pm CDT 4 miles east of Larned in Pawnee County and tracked a total of 27 miles across Pawnee into Barton Counties before lifting northwest of Hoistington in Barton County at 840 pm CDT.

 

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