UPDATE: June 30, 2009
River Out of Bank Flooding Photo
Wall Cloud before Tornado
Kansas Thunderstorm Video
UPDATE: April 26,2009
Several tornados reported being spotted this evening around Kansas and Oklahoma. Some damage being reported around areas of Kansas from tonights tornados. I heard on the news earlier today there was tornado damage around the Enid, Oklahoma, area last night from those storms.
Photo House Damage in Kansas
Recent Storms Photos and Videos at KWCH Click on KWCH to see the photos and videos.
Hurrying to do this update since a storm is overhead now with lightening.
UPDATE: April 25, 2009
At 3:45 CST, there was a tornado watch issued for the county I live in. Well, just not my county, but central, south central, southwest Kansas, and parts of southeast Kansas.
The National Weather Service even issued a Flood Watch today that starts tomorrow afternoon through Monday afternoon.
Apparently they are expecting a lot of thunderstorms this evening and tomorrow that could cause flooding in the same areas the tornado watch for today is in.
Starting at about 5 pm CST there are thunderstorm cropping up with hail up to the size of golfballs near the Derby and Mayfield areas. Some dangerous cloud to ground lightening is occurring with these storms.
Tornados have been spotted near Oxford, Kansas, and Pond Creek and Lamont Oklahoma.
UPDATE: April 18, 2009
Tornados have touched down this afternoon in Western Kansas. Areas in Western and Southwest Kansas are under a tornado watch until 7pm. Central and South Central Kansas in a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 pm.
You can view two tornado pictures in the link below from KWCH. KAKE has reported damage to a home with the tornado that touched down in Kalvesta.
UPDATED ON March 9, 2009
On March 7, 2009, there were tornado touch downs in Harper and Kingman counties. There was minimal damage from these tornados in Hutchinson, Kansas. There were also reports of golfball size hail being reported in Butler and surrounding counties with the storms ahead of the storms where the tornados being reported. High winds and hail were reported with both storms.
On March 9, 2009, there is a tornado watch that is up until 10 pm CST for Texas, Oklahoma, and South Eastern Kansas with a few counties in South central Kansas. As the time of this particular update at 5:40 pm a few showers and non severe thunderstorms have passed through south central Kansas where I live.
Original Article Below
Living in tornado alley all my life, I have sort of become accustom to tornados, thunderstorms, and the high winds associated with these storms rolling through the area.
I have lived in Oklahoma and Kansas all my life. I have seen the wall clouds, tornados form and touch down, large hail the size of golf balls and larger, high winds, down bursts, and flooding associated with the storms.
Tornados have a mind of their own. They can change directions in the blink of an eye. I haven’t seen them wipe out a town like those in Andover, Greensburg, and other towns like those who have lived in those areas.
However, when I was twelve, I do remember watching several rope tornados form in an afternoon. These rope tornados would touch down on the South side of the South Canadian River. They would then go back and touch down on the North side of this river.
While they were touching down out in the country in fields in areas that had few homes, there was still that chance of damage to those who lived in the area. When these rope tornados finally lifted, they came down in a F4 or F5 tornado. I don’t remember which it was since it has been over 30 years ago when I watched this act of nature.
I do know it was one of those two sizes of tornados. When this final tornado touched down that day, it hit the small town, Union City, north of us. I remember it ripping the grain mill, several homes, and other structures apart.
After the tornado had went through this town, my older brother had found papers from a resident of this town five miles to the north of us in our back yard. Others in our town, which wasn’t much larger than Union City, also found items from the citizens of Union City.
The day the tornado hit Andover, Kansas, I was at work. We watched the tennis ball hail stones and the wall cloud move over our store. There were several cars that had been totaled from the hail of that F5 tornado that hit Andover. My husband had watched the tornado move along from the tech school he was attending. He couldn’t believe the size of the monstrous tornado move along as it did.
I do encourage anyone who doesn’t live in this area of the United States to take heed to any tornado or severe storm warnings seriously. As I have known people who had lost their lives in the Andover tornado. One refused to go to the shelter and the other passed helping people she knew to the shelter.
My mom and dad had down burst damage from a thunderstorm that moved through the same small town I grew up in. While they weren’t hurt, the damage was severe enough they could have been if they didn’t take cover and decided to go out and watch.
One of my grandmothers was also shocked from lightening coming through the water faucet in the kitchen. She wasn’t severely hurt, but she did go to the doctor’s office to make sure she wasn’t.
These severe weather storms that I have witnessed should be testament as to why we should heed the warnings the National Weather Service posts. So before any of us get mad at the weather people at our local stations for breaking into our favorite shows, yes, I’m guilty of this too, we should pay attention to what they are saying about these types of storms moving through.
I’m not dismissing the ice and snow storm warnings they provide us at all, but the spring types of storms can be far more dangerous than the winter types of storms unless you are out in them.