SPC Stats

Path length: 51.26 miles

Width:  2000 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  EF3

County:  Seward, Meade, Gray

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.  It was an extremely large tornado in SW Kansas, traveling over 50 miles through parts of Seward, Meade and Gray Counties.  The NWS estimated the max width to be 2000 yards (1.1 miles)!   This tornado managed to avoid any major communities.  The worst damage as to a farm west of Kismet in Seward County.  

Storm Data Entry


This very large tornado damaged outbuildings, power poles, pivots, trees, a home, and a hog farm where numerous animals were destroyed.  The track of the tornado turned enough that it missed Kismet and Plains.  It was also on nearly an identical track to the tornado that occurred on May 24, 2015. This tornado continued into Meade county.


This extremely wide tornado moving at 50 MPH moved out of Seward county at 18:06. It passed across almost the same identical area that the May 24th tornado took. This tornado heavily damaged trees, a home, pivot irrigation sprinklers and outbuildings. It moved into Gray county at 18:34.


This tornado moved out of Meade county at 18:34. It heavily damaged a farm, power poles, pivot irrigation sprinklers and trees

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 37.0933 / -100.87      End: 37.6645 / -100.332

Used county segments coordinates as well provided by the NCDC

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Photos via NWS Dodge City Summary

Photo of the tornado via Tony Laubach


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