Daily Archives: 20 April, 2012

Dodge City, Burdett had close calls from same tornado last Saturday

More details are emerging from last Saturday’s tornado outbreak across Kansas. One tornado’s circulation began near the Boot Hill Casino on the west side of Dodge City in Ford County, passed over Dodge City High School while a band program was in progress and finally touched down six miles north-northeast of Dodge City at 1:57 p.m., according to the Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service.

The tornado was on the ground for nearly an hour, lifting at 2:54 p.m. 3 miles west of Burdett. The tornado traveled 33 miles and had a maximum width of 150 yards. Officials rated the tornado as an EF1, with winds of up to 105 miles an hour.

Storm chaser Mike Hollinghead captured the tornado on video near Burdett.

More photos of the EF4 tornado near Kanopolis Lake

Storm chaser Will Campbell shot these images from K-4 in Ellsworth County, looking west toward the lake last Saturday. Campbell said he was within a half-mile of the tornado at his closest point.

More details about the EF3 tornado that hit Oaklawn, McConnell Air Force Base and southeast Wichita last Saturday night

The Wichita branch of the National Weather Service shared more details of the tornado that struck Oaklawn, McConnell and southeast Wichita late Saturday night.

The tornado touched down at 79th Street South and South Shady Creek Circle just south of Haysville at about 10:21 p.m., moved north-northeast through Oaklawn, traveled next to the Kansas Turnpike and hit the west side of McConnell, continuing northeast until it lifted northeast of Central and Greenwich Road just short of the K-96 bypass.

The tornado was on the ground for 21 minutes and covered 13.2 miles, according to the weather service.

Here are three photos of the tornado taken by veteran storm chaser Jim Reed. This first photo was taken from 47th Street South as the tornado was bearing down on Oaklawn.

The second and third photos were shot from just past the Hydraulic exit on I-135, facing east. All three photos were illuminated by power flashes, Reed said.

Wichita weather: Sunny with a high in the 60s

A pleasant spring day is in the forecast for Wichita – and through the weekend as well, forecasters say.

Highs today will be in the low 60s under mostly sunny skies, and temperatures will top out in the low 70s Saturday and Sunday. It’ll be breezy today, with north winds gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

Lows tonight are expected to dip into the upper 30s tonight and recover to the upper 40s for lows Saturday night and the low 50s on Sunday night.

Winds should ease a bit on Saturday, forecasters say, topping out at about 20 miles an hour.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.