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The chance of earthquake damage in Bison is about the same as Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Bison is higher than Kansas average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #364

Bison, KS
0.01
Kansas
0.05
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Bison, KS
0.0000
Kansas
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #214

Bison, KS
272.22
Kansas
252.53
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 4,627 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Bison, KS were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:9Cold:5Dense Fog:0Drought:5
Dust Storm:1Flood:133Hail:2,759Heat:11Heavy Snow:43
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:13Landslide:0Strong Wind:48
Thunderstorm Winds:1,371Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:44Winter Weather:22
Other:163 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Bison, KS.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Bison, KS.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Bison, KS.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 98 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Bison, KS.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.71968-06-18338°30'N / 99°18'W0.50 Mile220 Yards08250K0Rush
6.51951-06-21238°32'N / 99°19'W000K0Rush
7.21964-06-10238°28'N / 99°05'W0025K0Rush
9.42001-04-21238°23'N / 99°12'W38°23'N / 99°12'W1.50 Miles100 Yards00200K0Rush
 Brief Description: Two farms received heavy damage (grain bins, roofs, shed and vehicle)
14.11973-04-30238°28'N / 99°27'W0.20 Mile100 Yards003K0Rush
15.21974-08-30238°21'N / 99°15'W38°15'N / 99°11'W7.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Pawnee
18.81972-04-30338°13'N / 99°30'W38°27'N / 99°24'W17.00 Miles77 Yards00250K0Pawnee
18.91960-05-24238°47'N / 99°06'W0.30 Mile100 Yards000K0Ellis
19.71962-05-28238°18'N / 98°58'W1.50 Miles33 Yards003K0Barton
20.71980-10-16338°49'N / 99°15'W00250K0Ellis
21.91950-05-04438°16'N / 98°55'W38°27'N / 98°47'W14.50 Miles150 Yards01250K0Pawnee
22.92001-04-21438°30'N / 98°47'W38°34'N / 98°46'W5.00 Miles660 Yards12843.0M0Barton
 Brief Description: Initial touchdown occurred 1 mile southwest of Hoisington. The tornado rapidly achieved F3 intensity as it entered the west side of town. Moving northeast around 20 mph, the tornado intensified to F4 within 2-3 minutes. While crossing northwest Hoisington, the tornado inflicted a path about 2 miles long and about 2 blocks wide of almost complete destruction. Damage summary: 182 homes destroyed, 52 homes with major damage, 180 homes with minor to moderate damage, 12 businesses destroyed, tore the roof off the hospital, and severed power to most (if not all) areas on the northwest and north sides of town. As the tornado exited through the north side of town it weakened rapidly, inflicting F1-F2 damage as it approached Deception Creek which runs in a southeast to northwest manner 3 miles northeast of town. Once the tornado crossed the creek, it suddenly turned toward the northwest where it damaged two farmsteads shortly before dissipating. One man, 69 years of age, was killed when a minivan fell on him. There were 28 injuries of which 3 were critical. M69PH
23.01966-08-06238°24'N / 98°48'W0.20 Mile200 Yards0125K0Barton
23.21964-06-12238°31'N / 98°46'W38°42'N / 98°48'W12.60 Miles33 Yards0125K0Barton
23.61974-08-30238°44'N / 98°55'W38°46'N / 98°50'W4.70 Miles67 Yards0025K0Russell
23.91988-05-02238°12'N / 99°25'W38°12'N / 99°19'W5.00 Miles70 Yards0025K0Pawnee
23.91964-08-31338°48'N / 99°19'W38°55'N / 99°16'W8.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Ellis
24.81959-05-28238°37'N / 99°39'W38°39'N / 99°37'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Ness
25.61956-10-29338°22'N / 98°46'W0.60 Mile147 Yards01250K0Barton
26.11972-08-02238°53'N / 99°20'W0.20 Mile150 Yards00250K0Ellis
26.51956-10-29338°06'N / 99°29'W38°19'N / 99°29'W14.90 Miles440 Yards003K0Pawnee
27.21972-04-30338°27'N / 99°43'W38°26'N / 99°40'W2.70 Miles200 Yards00250K0Ness
27.41950-05-04438°02'N / 99°07'W38°16'N / 98°55'W19.30 Miles150 Yards00250K0Barton
27.41990-04-25338°41'N / 99°42'W38°47'N / 99°33'W10.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Trego
27.71970-06-13238°08'N / 99°31'W38°15'N / 99°28'W8.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pawnee
28.11964-06-12238°42'N / 98°48'W38°52'N / 98°48'W11.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Russell
28.81954-10-11338°56'N / 99°13'W38°56'N / 99°03'W8.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Ellis
28.81998-10-16338°47'N / 99°34'W39°01'N / 99°16'W23.00 Miles1300 Yards011.2M0Ellis
 Brief Description: Tornado that began in eastern Trego county, steadily moved northeast before dissipating north of Hays. The tornado hit several farms in rural Ellis county and slammed into sparsely populated Yocemento. After leaving Yocemento, the tornado tore through a feedyard and on across other parts of rural Ellis county. Fortunately, the tornado stayed just west and north of populated Hays where a high school football game was in progress. The tornado damaged or destroyed 10 homes, a grain elevator, many outbuildings, a tractor and a feedlot. During the weaker moments of the tornado, it moved a 14,000 pound tractor 30 yards. One modular constructed home on a concrete slab was completely destroyed with the remains carried 1/2 of a mile. A steel I-beam from a concrete building travelled several hundred yards, eventually crashing into a grain elevator. Three empty anhydrous ammonia tanks were moved causing a leak of a benign amount of vapour. An injury occurred to a male driving a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 70.
29.11964-08-31238°55'N / 99°01'W000K0Russell
29.41990-04-25338°37'N / 99°44'W38°41'N / 99°42'W4.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Ness
30.51975-05-27338°32'N / 98°38'W0.50 Mile20 Yards00250K0Barton
31.71972-04-30438°16'N / 99°43'W38°18'N / 99°41'W2.30 Miles77 Yards00250K0Ness
32.22008-05-23238°45'N / 99°41'W38°53'N / 99°38'W9.00 Miles1760 Yards000K0KTrego
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This 1.0 mile wide tornado moved over a sparsely populated area (including vegetation) but did EF2 damage to trees, power poles and a house. A large outbuilding was completely destroyed. Oil tanks ruptured and there were several head of cattle killed. Also a combine was rolled. Since this tornado moved north along a road, there was 2.4 miles of power poles taken down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
32.31990-04-25338°47'N / 99°33'W39°07'N / 99°19'W23.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Ellis
32.41972-05-22238°56'N / 99°29'W0.50 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
33.71972-04-30238°55'N / 99°23'W39°04'N / 99°20'W10.50 Miles127 Yards0025K0Ellis
34.71964-05-05238°34'N / 98°36'W38°43'N / 98°33'W10.60 Miles1320 Yards0025K0Barton
34.81972-05-22238°56'N / 99°34'W2.00 Miles250 Yards0025K0Ellis
35.21960-05-04238°38'N / 99°50'W000K0Ness
35.91964-06-10238°31'N / 98°32'W0.50 Mile150 Yards00250K0Barton
35.91958-07-26238°02'N / 99°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards000K0Edwards
36.01956-04-02338°21'N / 98°34'W38°31'N / 98°31'W11.70 Miles350 Yards0125K0Barton
36.32008-05-23238°42'N / 99°50'W38°43'N / 99°49'W3.00 Miles715 Yards000K0KTrego
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved out of Ness county at 19:42 CDT. EF2 damage was done to trees and fences. Otherwise, this is a sparely populated area (farms and vegetation). EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
36.32008-05-23338°36'N / 99°52'W38°42'N / 99°50'W6.00 Miles715 Yards000K0KNess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado caused EF3 damage to trees and an old stone home. A farm implement was carried 1/2 mile south of it's original starting point. EF3 damage was also done to trees. Another home sustained EF1 damage. There were numerous power poles taken down and at least 5 head of cattle perished in the tornado. The tornado moved into Trego county at 19:42 CDT. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
36.52008-05-23238°51'N / 99°40'W38°58'N / 99°39'W8.00 Miles250 Yards000K0KTrego
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved over a sparsely populated area but did EF2 damage to trees. It moved northwest towards the end of it's life cycle. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
36.82004-03-27337°58'N / 99°29'W38°05'N / 99°25'W8.50 Miles1300 Yards00480K50KEdwards
 Brief Description: This tornado became very large and dusty. Several farms were hit with minor damage to other outbuildings across it's path. One farm sustained a direct hit. Five equipment buildings were destroyed and the house was knocked from it's foundation. Trees were mangled and debarked. A stock trailer was blown 3/4 of a mile from it's original location and an oil tank was rolled .3 of a mile. A stack of hay bales was demolished with the remnants piled 10 feet thick in a grove of trees. One large cedar tree was carried about a mile. As the tornado was dissipating, it crossed into Pawnee county at a location 12 miles north of Kinsley.
36.92007-05-05237°59'N / 98°53'W38°07'N / 98°52'W9.00 Miles880 Yards000K0KStafford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This wedge tornado was occurring simultaneously to another large but smaller tornado (within several miles). Damage was done to houses, trees and pivot irrigation sprinklers. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unbelievably, an outbreak of tornadoes, some very large in size, raked the earth in basically the same area as the day before when Greensburg was nearly completely leveled. Although some of the tornadoes were large and apparently very strong, there was no loss of life on this day. A National Weather Service assessment team was in an area about 30 minutes before a tornado moved through. They also saw one tornado during the storm survey of damage that was produced the day before.
37.11964-04-22337°57'N / 98°53'W38°16'N / 98°38'W25.70 Miles880 Yards020K0Stafford
37.31956-04-02338°32'N / 98°33'W38°35'N / 98°28'W5.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Ellsworth
37.41958-06-12237°59'N / 99°06'W0325K0Edwards
37.42001-04-10238°56'N / 99°35'W39°07'N / 99°19'W19.00 Miles300 Yards00150K0Ellis
 Brief Description: A tornado moved in from Trego county at 2209 and moved into Rooks county at 2238. It took out 50 power poles in Ellis county and damaged 13 farms. Roofs were removed on several homes and there was extensive damage done to several outbuildings and trailers. Two semis were overturned on I-70 west of Ellis causing several minor injuries. Reports of the infamous "roar" were noted in the Ellis community.
37.81972-05-22239°00'N / 99°32'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
37.81972-05-22239°00'N / 99°32'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
37.81972-05-22239°00'N / 99°32'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
37.81974-06-05239°00'N / 99°42'W39°00'N / 99°22'W17.70 Miles70 Yards00250K0Trego
37.91990-05-24338°27'N / 98°33'W38°29'N / 98°27'W4.00 Miles1320 Yards04250K0Barton
38.11956-04-02338°31'N / 98°31'W38°31'N / 98°28'W2.30 Miles350 Yards0025K0Barton
38.21970-06-13337°57'N / 99°28'W38°03'N / 99°25'W7.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Edwards
38.61971-05-09338°00'N / 99°31'W37°59'N / 99°21'W9.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Edwards
38.72008-05-23237°57'N / 99°01'W38°00'N / 99°03'W3.00 Miles1160 Yards010K0KEdwards
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved out of Stafford county and did EF2 damage to a house and barn just west of the Stafford/Edwards county line. A Female received a serious injury when she was blown down the stairs. Pivot sprinklers and trees received EF1-2 damage. The tornado started in the southeast part of Edwards county, moved into Pratt and Stafford and then turned northwest before ending in the extreme northeast part of the county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
38.71964-04-22338°16'N / 98°38'W38°42'N / 98°20'W34.00 Miles880 Yards00250K0Barton
39.82008-05-23237°55'N / 99°23'W38°00'N / 99°21'W5.00 Miles125 Yards000K0KEdwards
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: EF2 damage was done to trees and a barn and two pivot sprinklers received EF1 damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
40.32007-05-04337°54'N / 98°57'W38°06'N / 98°46'W17.00 Miles1515 Yards100K0KStafford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This killer tornado formed just east of another large but dissipating tornado that was approaching Macksville. Unfortunately a law officer watching the dissipating tornado was unaware that this one was rapidly forming and could not get out of harms way. His car was thrown at least 1/4 of a mile and was found in a field. He died several days later from catastrophic injuries received in the crushed vehicle. EF3 damage was done to over a dozen farms, trees, machinery, vehicles, pivot irrigation sprinklers and power poles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A destructive tornado, the first 5 rating on the new Enhanced-Fujita Scale and the first 5 classification since May 3, 1999 when an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma occurred on this day. There were 12 tornadoes during about a 4 hour period, one a little over 2 miles wide! Two of the tornadoes existed for over 1 hour as they churned up the ground, leveling homes and causing fatalities along their path. Miraculously, on 13 people perished, 11 in Greensburg - a miracle because over 90 percent of the town of Greensburg was literately wiped off the face of the earth. Another round of tornadoes occurred the following day across generally the same area. Nearly 250 pivot irrigation sprinklers were damaged or destroyed during the 2 day outbreak. Due to the number of sprinklers involved and the lack of replacements, some farmers would be out of service for over 1 year.
40.91956-04-02338°31'N / 98°28'W38°36'N / 98°25'W6.10 Miles350 Yards0025K0Rice
41.21971-06-09238°31'N / 100°01'W38°27'N / 99°54'W7.70 Miles117 Yards01250K0Ness
41.31990-05-24338°29'N / 98°27'W38°32'N / 98°25'W6.00 Miles1320 Yards02250K0Rice
41.61985-05-10338°56'N / 99°38'W39°06'N / 99°38'W10.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Trego
41.71971-05-17238°44'N / 100°05'W38°47'N / 99°44'W19.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Trego
42.21973-09-25337°48'N / 99°18'W38°01'N / 99°06'W18.50 Miles60 Yards00250K0Edwards
42.52002-05-05339°03'N / 99°37'W39°07'N / 99°25'W12.80 Miles880 Yards0000Ellis
 Brief Description: This tornado entered Ellis county from Trego county at 440 PM and continued a a northeast and easterly track. It did speed up at the end of it's life and as is typical, decreased in size. Another tornado was video taped just north and west of this tornado (during the same time), but was just across the county line. A brick building (that was very sturdy) was destroyed and strewn for hundreds of yards into a field. "Huge" cottonwood trees were either uprooted or snapped off at about five feet. A 250 gallon oil tank was moved 1.5 miles and was found lodged into a grove of trees.
42.61972-04-30338°33'N / 100°02'W38°37'N / 99°56'W6.80 Miles440 Yards003K0Ness
42.71954-04-25238°37'N / 98°25'W000K0Ellsworth
42.82002-05-05239°03'N / 99°38'W39°03'N / 99°35'W2.20 Miles350 Yards0000Trego
 Brief Description: The tornado that developed 3.5 miles north and 5.5 miles east of Ogallah (north of Riga) moved slowly northeast reaching a width of 350 yards before crossing into Ellis county at 440 PM. A shed was destroyed near the starting point of the tornado. Along it's path, 1200 pound bales of hay were pushed into a group of trees with a few of the bales stripped to the core. Power poles were downed, tin sheets were wrapped around trees and a stick was impaled into a post.
43.01955-06-04338°04'N / 98°36'W38°10'N / 98°35'W6.80 Miles400 Yards0025K0Stafford
43.42008-05-23238°33'N / 100°00'W38°33'N / 100°00'W1.00 Mile75 Yards000K0KNess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This was a satellite tornado that moved south on the west side of its large parent tornado. EF2 damage was done to trees (uprooted). EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
44.22007-05-05237°49'N / 99°00'W38°00'N / 98°55'W13.00 Miles880 Yards000K0KStafford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado did EF2 damage to farms, trees and pivot irrigation sprinklers. It was very large in size. It eventually moved into Pawnee county at 1905 CST. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unbelievably, an outbreak of tornadoes, some very large in size, raked the earth in basically the same area as the day before when Greensburg was nearly completely leveled. Although some of the tornadoes were large and apparently very strong, there was no loss of life on this day. A National Weather Service assessment team was in an area about 30 minutes before a tornado moved through. They also saw one tornado during the storm survey of damage that was produced the day before.
44.51971-06-09238°28'N / 98°24'W38°30'N / 98°21'W3.60 Miles440 Yards0125K0Rice
44.71956-10-29338°51'N / 98°37'W39°00'N / 98°29'W12.40 Miles200 Yards00250K0Russell
45.02009-06-15237°54'N / 99°01'W37°54'N / 98°52'W9.00 Miles1400 Yards000K0KStafford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This was a multiple vortex tornado that moved out of Edwards county at 609 PM CDT. It did high end EF2 damage to trees, crops, pivot irrigation sprinklers and a barn. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms broke out in the afternoon heat and became quite intense by evening producing large hail, high winds and tornadoes.
45.12008-05-23337°49'N / 99°00'W37°57'N / 99°01'W9.00 Miles1900 Yards000K0KStafford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This large tornado moved out of Pratt county and did EF3 damage before moving into Edwards county. EF3 damage was done to trees and a pivot sprinkler. Other pivot sprinklers received EF1-2 damage along with EF2 damage done to a house and grain bins. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
45.22008-05-23238°29'N / 100°03'W38°37'N / 100°01'W12.00 Miles1410 Yards000K0KNess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This was a large tornado that produced EF2 damage. It turned northwest towards the end of its life cycle but dissipated before reaching Arnold. Damage was done to trees, large power poles, a large tank, a barn and hay bales. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
45.21972-04-30438°05'N / 100°06'W38°16'N / 99°43'W24.30 Miles77 Yards01250K0Hodgeman
45.21968-05-13339°08'N / 99°20'W39°13'N / 99°02'W16.90 Miles320 Yards0125K0Rooks
46.11993-05-07237°48'N / 98°54'W38°04'N / 98°41'W3.00 Miles440 Yards005K0Pratt
 Brief Description: Tornado developed northwest of Byers and moved to the northeast into Stafford County. The tornado was 1/4 of a mile wide as it crossed the county line into Stafford County.
46.82007-05-04337°49'N / 98°57'W37°55'N / 98°59'W7.00 Miles2110 Yards010K0KStafford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved out of northwest Pratt county and dissipated just south of Macksville. It did strong EF3 damage to farms, trees, machinery and vehicles. A Blazer was carried over 3/4 of a mile and was barely recognizable as a vehicle. Several dozen head of cattle were killed along with wildlife in the area. One well built home was completely swept off it's foundation. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A destructive tornado, the first 5 rating on the new Enhanced-Fujita Scale and the first 5 classification since May 3, 1999 when an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma occurred on this day. There were 12 tornadoes during about a 4 hour period, one a little over 2 miles wide! Two of the tornadoes existed for over 1 hour as they churned up the ground, leveling homes and causing fatalities along their path. Miraculously, on 13 people perished, 11 in Greensburg - a miracle because over 90 percent of the town of Greensburg was literately wiped off the face of the earth. Another round of tornadoes occurred the following day across generally the same area. Nearly 250 pivot irrigation sprinklers were damaged or destroyed during the 2 day outbreak. Due to the number of sprinklers involved and the lack of replacements, some farmers would be out of service for over 1 year.
47.31959-09-17238°09'N / 99°56'W013K0Hodgeman
47.72005-06-09338°51'N / 100°00'W38°55'N / 99°54'W6.00 Miles200 Yards0000Trego
 Brief Description: Significant damage was done to several farms, outbuildings and trees. One 1500 pound heifer was thrown 1/4 mile. The tornado actually made a loop traveling back west, south then back to the north and it dissipated rather rapidly (from video). Some of the structures were protected in a ravine but still sustained major damage. Several cottonwood trees with six foot diameter trunks were pulled out of the ground. This tornado did high-end F3 damage.
47.81968-06-13238°06'N / 99°54'W0025K0Hodgeman
48.22007-03-28338°15'N / 100°02'W38°29'N / 100°06'W16.00 Miles1320 Yards00325K0KNess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado originated in Hodgeman county and entered Ness county at 925 PM. This large tornado destroyed or heavily damaged 5 homes in Ness county. Hundreds of power poles were broken along with 7 pivot irrigation sprinklers and lots of damage to trees. There were also at least 20 head of cattle dead from this tornado in Ness county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Major tornado outbreak and severe weather swept across parts of western Kansas. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities despite major destruction.
48.31955-06-04338°15'N / 98°25'W38°17'N / 98°19'W5.90 Miles200 Yards0025K0Rice
48.42008-05-23237°48'N / 99°33'W37°54'N / 99°22'W13.00 Miles950 Yards000K0KEdwards
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved out of Ford county at 22:19 CDT. It took down power poles, overturned pivot irrigation sprinklers and produced low end EF2 damage to outbuildings and a house. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
48.41970-06-15239°08'N / 99°38'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Graham
48.91972-05-22238°11'N / 100°05'W38°17'N / 99°58'W9.40 Miles10 Yards000K0Hodgeman
49.32007-05-04337°43'N / 99°07'W37°54'N / 99°07'W13.00 Miles3872 Yards011.5M0KEdwards
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This 2.2 wide monster moved out of Kiowa county at 2231 CST. It caused high end EF3 damage to farms, trees, machinery, pivot sprinklers and power lines. It killed dozens of cattle and horses. As the tornado dissipated, it curved back to the west. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A destructive tornado, the first 5 rating on the new Enhanced-Fujita Scale and the first 5 classification since May 3, 1999 when an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma occurred on this day. There were 12 tornadoes during about a 4 hour period, one a little over 2 miles wide! Two of the tornadoes existed for over 1 hour as they churned up the ground, leveling homes and causing fatalities along their path. Miraculously, on 13 people perished, 11 in Greensburg - a miracle because over 90 percent of the town of Greensburg was literately wiped off the face of the earth. Another round of tornadoes occurred the following day across generally the same area. Nearly 250 pivot irrigation sprinklers were damaged or destroyed during the 2 day outbreak. Due to the number of sprinklers involved and the lack of replacements, some farmers would be out of service for over 1 year.
49.52007-05-05237°48'N / 99°06'W37°49'N / 99°05'W3.00 Miles75 Yards000K0KEdwards
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Damage was done to trees and pivot irrigation sprinklers. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Unbelievably, an outbreak of tornadoes, some very large in size, raked the earth in basically the same area as the day before when Greensburg was nearly completely leveled. Although some of the tornadoes were large and apparently very strong, there was no loss of life on this day. A National Weather Service assessment team was in an area about 30 minutes before a tornado moved through. They also saw one tornado during the storm survey of damage that was produced the day before.
49.51973-03-13239°14'N / 99°17'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Rooks
49.72008-05-23237°49'N / 99°00'W37°49'N / 99°00'W1.00 Mile1056 Yards000K0KPratt
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This large tornado moved out of Edwards county and did EF2 damage to a house, a pivot irrigation sprinkler and to trees. It then moved into Stafford county at 925 PM CDT. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An anonymously strong upper level system allowed everything to come together at the surface to produced what is perhaps the biggest tornado outbreak to ever occur in the Dodge City CWA! Fifty-five tornadoes were documented during that afternoon and evening! Some of the tornadoes were very large and damaging. The character of the supercell thunderstorms that day had similarities to the storms that produced the Greensburg tornado a little over a year after. In fact there was one tornado that was just as large and perhaps could have been just as damaging that was headed towards the small Kiowa county town but fortunately turned and dissipated.
49.91972-05-22238°00'N / 99°54'W38°02'N / 99°49'W5.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Hodgeman


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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