Severe thunderstorms in Kansas and Missouri

May 28th, 2019 |

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images, with SPC Storm Reports plotted in red [click to play MP4 animation]

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images, with SPC Storm Reports plotted in red [click to play MP4 animation]

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) depicted supercell thunderstorms forming along and south of a quasistationary frontal boundary (surface analyses) which produced a variety of severe weather (SPC Storm Reports) across eastern Kansas and far western Missouri late in the day on 28 May 2019 — including the long-track EF-4 tornado that affected Lawrence and Linwood in Kansas (NWS Kansas City), and prompted a Tornado Emergency to be issued for the Kansas City metro area.

The corresponding GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) images (below) showed that many of the overshooting tops had infrared brightness temperatures in the -70 to -75ºC range.

GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) images, with SPC Storm Reports plotted in cyan [click to play MP4 animation]

GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) images, with SPC Storm Reports plotted in cyan [click to play MP4 animation]

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