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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • County sees hail, spared worst of storm

  • The severe storm that tore through Kansas Thursday spared made headlines as promised but spared McPherson the worst of the weather.


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  • The severe storm that tore through Kansas Thursday spared made headlines as promised but spared McPherson the worst of the weather.
    Media outlets across the state and country  had anticipated Thursday’s storm and predicted rain, hail and possibly tornados. Mother Nature delivered on that promise.
    McPherson did receive marble to golf-ball-sized hail about 4:15 p.m. Thursday. A heavy downpour accompanied the rain but left little moisture on the ground.
    A trained storm spotter reported multiple funnel clouds just east of Salina and additional tornado and funnel cloud sightings were reported from south and southeast Kansas.
    According to the National Weather Service out of Wichita, the storm was the result of a powerful spring storm system from the Rocky Mountains that intersected with a dryline extending from southern Kansas to Texas. With abundant instability and wind shear, the storms became severe and moved rapidly  northeast across central and southeast Kansas. The intersection of the dry air behind the dryline and the moisture which surged north from the Gulf of Mexico were key trigger points for storm initiation.
    The storm entered Cowley County about 3:50 p.m. and finally moved out of the state near the Kansas-Oklahoma border a little before 7 p.m.
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