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Overview

During the afternoon to evening hours on 8 May 2016, widespread strong to severe thunderstorms developed ahead of a dryline situated across western into central KS. Numerous reports of large hail (with some exceeding 2-inches) along with a few tornadoes occurred from mid afternoon to the early overnight hours. Some EF-2 damage occurred north of Hays in Ellis county.

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Panoramic of supercell storm (Photo courtesy of Grady Dixon)

 

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Tornado #1 - Catharine to Codell Tornado
Ellis County

Date 05/08/2016
Time (Local) 708 PM CDT
EF Rating EF-2
Est. Peak Winds 125 mph
Path Length 6.55 miles
Max Width 440 yards
Injuries/Deaths 0/0

Summary:

Cyclic tornadic supercell produced a significant tornado starting 8 miles north of Catharine and stayed on the ground several miles until it entered Rooks County.  Peak intensity was estimated at EF-2 intensity.

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Shed destroyed in northern Ellis county.
(courtesy Derrick Unrein)
Power lines downed in northern Ellis county
(courtesy Derrick Unrein)
Radar imagery from approximate time of tornado north of Hays (~ 720 pm CDT). 14 miles northeast of Hays 7:21 pm
(courtesy Grady Dixon)

Tornado #2 Ellis
Ellis County

Date 05/08/2016
Time (Local) 700 PM CDT
EF Rating EF-0
Est. Peak Winds 80 mph
Path Length 0.88 miles
Max Width 50 yards
Injuries/Deaths 0/0

Summary:

A brief weak tornado spun up 5 miles north of Ellis, KS.  It was only on the ground for a few miles.

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Rope tornado north of Ellis
(courtesy Derrick Unrein)
Radar imagery from approximate time of tornado north of Ellis (~ 700 pm CDT).

Tornado #3 Cedar Bluff
Ellis County

Date 05/08/2016
Time (Local) 600 PM CDT
EF Rating EF-0
Est. Peak Winds 75 mph
Path Length 1.85 miles
Max Width 25 yards
Injuries/Deaths 0/0

Summary:

A short lived weak tornado spun up on the west end of Cedar Bluff Reservoir.  It was only on the ground for about 2 miles.

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Along Highway 283 west of Cedar Bluff Reservoir shortly after 6:00 pm
(courtesy Grady Dixon)
Radar imagery from approximate time of tornado west of Cedar Bluffs Reservoir (~ 6 pm CDT).

 

The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0
Weak

65-85 mph
EF1
Moderate
86-110 mph
EF2
Significant
111-135 mph
EF3
Severe
136-165 mph
EF4
Extreme
166-200 mph
EF5
Catastrophic
200+ mph
ef-scale

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Radar imagery from approximate time of tornado west of Cedar Bluffs Reservoir (~ 6 pm CDT). Radar imagery from approximate time of tornado north of Ellis (~ 700 pm CDT). Radar imagery from approximate time of tornado north of Hays (~ 720 pm CDT).

Storm Reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
806 AM CDT MON MAY 9 2016

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0539 PM     HAIL             5 ESE LAKE COLDWATER    37.21N 99.27W
05/08/2016  E1.75 INCH       COMANCHE           KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT  



0605 PM     HAIL             7 N KINSLEY             38.02N 99.41W
05/08/2016  E3.00 INCH       EDWARDS            KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT  



0607 PM     TORNADO          6 SSW TREGO CENTER      38.81N 99.94W
05/08/2016                   TREGO              KS   STORM CHASER     

            TORNADO LASTED ABOUT 5 MINUTES. 

0635 PM     HAIL             3 SSW ELLIS             38.90N 99.58W
05/08/2016  E2.75 INCH       ELLIS              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT  



0638 PM     HAIL             DILLWYN                 37.97N 98.87W
05/08/2016  E0.75 INCH       STAFFORD           KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT  



0643 PM     HAIL             3 NW BISON              38.55N 99.24W
05/08/2016  M1.25 INCH       RUSH               KS   TRAINED SPOTTER  



0650 PM     HAIL             2 N YOCEMENTO           38.94N 99.42W
05/08/2016  M1.75 INCH       ELLIS              KS   STORM CHASER     



0708 PM     TORNADO          7 NW CATHERINE          39.00N 99.30W
05/08/2016                   ELLIS              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT  



0713 PM     TORNADO          9 NW EMMERAM            39.06N 99.24W
05/08/2016                   ELLIS              KS   STORM CHASER     



0714 PM     HAIL             6 ESE LARNED            38.15N 99.00W
05/08/2016  E1.00 INCH       PAWNEE             KS   PUBLIC           



0715 PM     TORNADO          9 NNW EMMERAM           39.09N 99.19W
05/08/2016                   ELLIS              KS   PUBLIC           

            SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO FARM HOUSE AND 
            OUTBUILDINGS. 

0718 PM     TORNADO          7 NNW CATHERINE         39.02N 99.26W
05/08/2016                   ELLIS              KS   PUBLIC           



0720 PM     TORNADO          7 NNE ELLIS             39.02N 99.50W
05/08/2016                   ELLIS              KS   STORM CHASER     

            BRIEF TORNADO. 

0820 PM     HAIL             6 NE LAKE CITY          37.42N 98.75W
05/08/2016  E1.00 INCH       BARBER             KS   PUBLIC           



0911 PM     HAIL             4 SSE RANSOM            38.58N 99.90W
05/08/2016  E1.00 INCH       NESS               KS   PUBLIC           



0913 PM     HAIL             6 SSE RANSOM            38.55N 99.91W
05/08/2016  E1.75 INCH       NESS               KS   TRAINED SPOTTER  



0918 PM     HAIL             6 SSE RANSOM            38.55N 99.91W
05/08/2016  E2.50 INCH       NESS               KS   EMERGENCY MNGR   



1010 PM     HAIL             SCHOENCHEN              38.71N 99.33W
05/08/2016  E1.00 INCH       ELLIS              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER  



1010 PM     HAIL             4 S MUNJOR              38.75N 99.26W
05/08/2016  E3.00 INCH       ELLIS              KS   COCORAHS         

            THE HAIL RESULTED IN SHREDDED LEAVES, CAR 
            DENTS AND DAMAGED SHINGLES. 

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