This summary looks at the tornadoes of May 4, 2007 including the first to be given an EF5 rating under Enhanced Fujita Scale.
A total of 39 tornadoes were confirmed on November 16, 2015. They rolled through parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Three were rated EF3. We look at one of those in this summary.
The SPC Database lists this F2 in Pratt County, KS with a path length at 11.3 miles. Storm Data has a slightly longer length at 15 miles. Unfortunately not a lot of information to be found on this twister. Damage was around the Sawyer area. Could not find any mention of this in the newspapers and this tornado is not a part of Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis.
A total of 7 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of Oklahoma and Kansas on Halloween of 1984. This summary focuses on a twister rated F1 that crossed through parts of Osage County, KS and near the town of Carbondale. This was an interesting event.
A total of 15 are found in the SPC Database for October 29, 1956. Most occurred in Kansas and Nebraska. We look at one of the Kansas tornadoes in this summary. It was given a rating of F3 and traveled through parts of Russell, Lincoln and Mitchell Counties. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes stated it was a skipping path.
A total of 4 tornadoes were confirmed on October 16, 1998: 2 in Nebraska and 2 in Kansas. We look at one of the Kansas twisters. It was the strongest on this day, rated F3. The tornado began in eastern Trego County and quickly made it sway into Ellis County. It traveled northeastward through rural Ellis County before hitting the town of Yocemento.
In today’s summary, we are looking at an F4 that made a trek over 20 miles from Craig County in Oklahoma into Southeast KS. There is a little confusion on how this tornado tracked and which counties should be included in the track.
5 tornadoes are a part of the SPC Database for September 18, 1986. We look at the strongest, an F3 that traveled from Jewell and Republic Counties in KS into Nuckolls County, NE. It hit the town of Hardy, NE.
The tornado began 12 miles west of the Wichita Airport and lifted 5 miles SW of the airport. A pickup truck at one of several destroyed homes was tossed 300 yards. Per Thomas Grazulis, one farm house was picked up and “scattered across the prairie.”
The tornado hit the SW side of Lawrence just after 6:30pm CT and moved southeast. The Storm Data Publication mentioned it briefly lifted and then set down again south of town. 22 homes were destroyed. A shopping center was hit with some of the smaller building leveled.