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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

A series of supercells formed during the late afternoon into the early evening hours across portions of western Kansas producing 12 to 15 tornadoes. 

One supercell produced numerous cyclic tornadoes starting few miles north of Minneola with the last tornado dissipating about 6 miles south southwest of Jetmore.  EF3 damage was produced a few miles east of Ensign were a house was destroyed as well as around 6 miles north of Dodge City. Some notable damage with these tornadoes includes a house that was destroyed just east of Ensign, a semi overturned on US50, numerous homes along highway 50 just west of Dodge City were heaviely damaged (at one home there were two injuries), a large propane tank was reported leaking at 14th and Denim and a building at the landfill north of Dodge City was destroyed.

Other tornadoes occured in northwestern Hodgeman and southwestern Ness Counties. EF3 damage was also produced with these tornadoes. Some notable damage from these tornadoes were a home that was destroyed northwest of Jetmore, a stock trailer was blown nearly 3 miles, an oil take was blown over, many electric poles were damaged and destroyed, and a farmstead was destroyed in southwestern Ness County.

A few other tornadoes formed across portions of Edwards county causing damage to two homes south of Lewis. One of these tornadoes eventually produced EF3 damage southeast of Lewis.

 

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