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

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #89

Gray County
0.00
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

Gray County
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, #89

Gray County
0.00
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 15,493 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gray County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:16Cold:13Dense Fog:1Drought:22
Dust Storm:1Flood:317Hail:10,336Heat:16Heavy Snow:65
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:20Landslide:0Strong Wind:129
Thunderstorm Winds:4,046Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:7Winter Storm:61Winter Weather:19
Other:424 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gray County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Gray County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Gray County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 64 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gray County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.91982-03-19237°37'N / 100°40'W37°49'N / 100°19'W24.00 Miles67 Yards00250K0Gray
4.01996-05-26337°38'N / 100°39'W37°52'N / 100°24'W22.00 Miles900 Yards002.0M150KGray
 Brief Description: The thunderstorm that produced the F2 tornado in Seward and Haskell counties spun up an even bigger tornado further into Haskell and Gray counties. The tornado took a few trees in Haskell county. In Gray county...34 irrigation sprinklers systems were damaged or destroyed...power poles were snapped...2 houses were damaged...a barn was destroyed...a truck overturned...flood irrigation pipe was tossed like match sticks. In fact...one witness reported the 30 foot pieces of pipe were 4 or 5 hundred feet in the air. In addition...3 inch high corn plants were completely removed...leaving the field bare. Several people video taping the tornado were chased by the tornado...only to take shelter under a bridge. The tornado passed about 1/2 mile east of them while they watched 5 inch diameter hail pound the ground.
8.21955-07-13237°49'N / 100°20'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Gray
15.11978-05-30238°00'N / 100°30'W37°54'N / 100°13'W16.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Gray
17.11978-05-30237°54'N / 100°13'W37°52'N / 100°10'W3.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Ford
18.41965-05-07237°57'N / 100°40'W013K0Finney
19.51960-05-23238°01'N / 100°33'W003K0Finney
21.51978-05-30238°04'N / 100°42'W38°00'N / 100°30'W11.70 Miles17 Yards00250K0Finney
22.12001-04-10237°30'N / 100°11'W37°42'N / 100°00'W17.30 Miles380 Yards00190K0Ford
 Brief Description: A mobile home was completely demolished. Ironically, the occupants were not at home, only because the school activity bus was late. Another trailer nearby received moderate damage. Two pivot sprinklers were destroyed and there was other scattered minor damage along the path of the tornado.
23.01950-08-06237°58'N / 100°46'W003K0Finney
23.72009-04-18238°01'N / 100°15'W38°04'N / 100°13'W3.00 Miles300 Yards000K0KFinney
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This was a multiple vortex tornado that heavily damaged a farm that included outbuildings and some damage to the home itself. There was also some tree damage. The tornado moved slowly and steadily into Hodgeman county at 224 PM CDT. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms developed under a cold core upper low and were capable or producing tornadoes and hail. Some of the hail was deep enough on the highway in Finney county in the vicinity of Kalvesta the the Department of Transportation had to get snow plows out to clear the highway.
24.71982-03-18237°26'N / 100°57'W37°37'N / 100°40'W24.00 Miles67 Yards00250K0Haskell
24.71965-05-07238°06'N / 100°24'W013K0Finney
24.91977-05-18237°44'N / 101°04'W38°15'N / 100°30'W47.10 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Finney
25.91954-06-10238°06'N / 100°18'W7.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Finney
26.21967-06-23338°02'N / 101°00'W37°55'N / 100°40'W19.80 Miles33 Yards13025.0M0Finney
27.61972-07-28237°30'N / 100°51'W1.30 Miles440 Yards07250K0Haskell
28.01971-10-17237°57'N / 100°55'W38°00'N / 100°50'W5.60 Miles127 Yards0725K0Finney
28.42005-06-09237°19'N / 100°20'W37°24'N / 100°13'W9.20 Miles200 Yards0000Meade
 Brief Description: This tornado damaged outbuilds, trees and center pivot sprinklers.
29.21991-05-16337°56'N / 100°09'W38°05'N / 99°55'W22.00 Miles880 Yards02250K0Hodgeman
29.31996-05-26237°24'N / 100°51'W37°28'N / 100°47'W6.00 Miles150 Yards00100K0Haskell
 Brief Description: 2 irrigation sprinklers destroyed...fertilizer tanks carried over 1 mile...2 houses damaged...fence destroyed...trees uprooted...hay bales tossed...30 foot radio tower blown down...wheat plants pulled up...farm building heavily damaged...flood irrigation pipe scattered about.
29.81973-06-28238°00'N / 100°58'W37°59'N / 100°50'W7.20 Miles60 Yards00250K0Finney
31.31972-07-28237°27'N / 100°01'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Clark
31.91960-05-22238°11'N / 100°38'W003K0Finney
34.11977-05-18237°43'N / 101°05'W37°44'N / 101°04'W1.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Haskell
34.41953-05-29237°29'N / 99°55'W000K0Ford
34.51955-06-17237°15'N / 100°22'W000K0Meade
36.71962-06-16338°08'N / 100°43'W38°25'N / 100°15'W31.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Finney
36.91987-05-03237°26'N / 100°58'W37°25'N / 101°01'W3.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Haskell
37.02007-03-28338°04'N / 100°04'W38°16'N / 100°00'W13.00 Miles1320 Yards00210K0KHodgeman
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This large tornado destroyed three homes and did damage to one other. Hundreds of power poles were broken along with a handful of pivot irrigation sprinklers and barns. Trees also sustained major damage. There were also at least 50 head of cattle dead from this tornado in Hodgeman county. Parts of the debris from a shed were found 40 miles north. A wedding book registry was found intact 34 miles from the original location in a home that was destroyed. This tornado continued into Ness county at 925 PM CDT. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Major tornado outbreak and severe weather swept across parts of western Kansas. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities despite major destruction.
37.11955-06-17237°20'N / 100°01'W000K0Clark
37.11958-06-21237°16'N / 100°35'W37°09'N / 100°25'W12.20 Miles30 Yards0025K0Meade
37.31994-04-09237°09'N / 100°46'W37°16'N / 100°19'W7.00 Miles1000 Yards0850K0Seward
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down 3.5 WSW of Kismet at 1535 CST and moved ENE across Highway 54 and east into Meade County where it ended at 1610 CST at a point one southeast of Meade. Speed of movement was 35 mph with total path length of 26 miles. In Seward County the tornado struck a car and mobile home 2 E of Kismet at 1540 CST. Two adults were in the car and one adult and five children were in the mobile home. All eight sustained minor injuries and the mobile home was demolished. The tornado had a maximum path width of 1,000 yards in Seward County, but expanded to a maximum width of a mile southeast of Plains in Meade County.
37.41972-05-22238°00'N / 99°54'W38°02'N / 99°49'W5.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Hodgeman
38.71951-05-20337°54'N / 101°12'W38°01'N / 101°01'W12.80 Miles900 Yards00250K0Kearny
38.81968-06-13238°06'N / 99°54'W0025K0Hodgeman
38.81962-06-16238°15'N / 100°43'W38°20'N / 100°31'W12.20 Miles50 Yards000K0Finney
39.01996-05-26237°12'N / 100°56'W37°24'N / 100°51'W14.00 Miles450 Yards00200K140KSeward
 Brief Description: 2 irrigation sprinklers destroyed...fertilizer tanks carried over 1 mile...2 houses damaged...fence destroyed...trees uprooted...hay bales tossed...30 foot radio tower blown down...wheat plants pulled up...farm building heavily damaged...flood irrigation pipe scattered about.
39.81959-09-17238°09'N / 99°56'W013K0Hodgeman
40.01964-04-19238°16'N / 100°08'W0025K0Hodgeman
40.52001-04-10237°31'N / 99°46'W37°38'N / 99°43'W10.00 Miles200 Yards00425K0Ford
 Brief Description: Eight pivot sprinklers were destroyed along with a barn and silo.
40.81974-06-21337°12'N / 100°42'W37°10'N / 100°40'W2.70 Miles30 Yards0225K0Seward
41.01972-05-22238°11'N / 100°05'W38°17'N / 99°58'W9.40 Miles10 Yards000K0Hodgeman
41.41973-09-25337°37'N / 99°45'W37°43'N / 99°39'W8.80 Miles73 Yards0025K0Ford
41.82003-05-15237°15'N / 100°56'W37°18'N / 100°56'W4.90 Miles100 Yards00150K0Seward
 Brief Description: The tornado began 15 miles north and 1.5 miles west of the center of Liberal and ended 18 miles north and 2 miles east. One home received minor roof damage and broken windows. The second home was destroyed with debris from the home traveling 1/4 of a mile.
41.91972-04-30438°05'N / 100°06'W38°16'N / 99°43'W24.30 Miles77 Yards01250K0Hodgeman
42.61994-04-09237°27'N / 99°46'W0.80 Mile200 Yards0050K0Clark
 Brief Description: Tornado touched down briefly and passed through the Roger Giles Farmstead. House windows were broken out, farm machinery was wrecked, and the house was moved on its foundation. All but two outbuildings on the farmstead were damaged.
43.61959-07-10237°38'N / 99°40'W000K0Ford
43.81967-06-23338°09'N / 101°15'W38°02'N / 101°00'W15.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Kearny
45.21989-06-06337°11'N / 101°01'W37°14'N / 100°50'W12.00 Miles500 Yards0025K0Seward
45.62002-05-07237°43'N / 99°40'W37°43'N / 99°34'W1.90 Miles300 Yards00150K0Ford
 Brief Description: This first tornado of the afternoon came close to striking a farm that was plowing his field. His tractor was running low on fuel and just made it back to shelter as irrigation pipe was flying by. Several pivots were destroyed.
46.11973-09-25337°06'N / 100°05'W37°11'N / 100°06'W5.70 Miles50 Yards0025K0Meade
46.11951-05-20237°58'N / 101°15'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Kearny
46.22005-05-11237°36'N / 101°21'W37°44'N / 101°14'W13.20 Miles250 Yards00350K0Grant
 Brief Description: This tornado traveled into Kearny county before roping out. At 2ne of Ulysses part of a barn roof was blown off and a large tree was uprooted. Several horses were slightly injured. Then at 5ne of Ulysses an abandoned mobile home was destroyed. At six miles northeast of Ulysses, two pivot sprinklers were mangled, large trees were snapped at the base and several power poles were destroyed. Several grain bins (full of wheat) were completely swept away and the grain was scattered for some distance. Remnants of the grain bins were not found in the local vicinity. Farther northeast along the track several more pivot sprinklers were destroyed. It is estimated that if this tornado had made a direct hit, it would have likely caused at least high-end F3 damage.
46.42001-04-06237°25'N / 101°17'W37°35'N / 101°12'W14.00 Miles150 Yards00235K0Grant
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed into Grant county from Stevens county at 1647. Three pivot sprinklers were destroyed, 2 grain bins, a silo, machine shed and horse trailer were also damaged or destroyed. A roof was taken off a building and an empty rail car was overturned.
47.41990-06-19237°39'N / 101°27'W37°30'N / 101°08'W20.00 Miles300 Yards022.5M0Grant
47.52008-05-23237°46'N / 99°37'W37°48'N / 99°33'W4.00 Miles850 Yards000K0KFord
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado produced EF2 damage to trees and pivot irrigation systems. It caused EF1 damage to a house and grain bin. It took down several power poles and power lines. The tornado moved into Edwards county at 22:19 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.
47.71977-05-18237°24'N / 101°30'W37°43'N / 101°05'W31.60 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Grant
47.82007-03-28338°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.
48.02002-05-07337°43'N / 99°34'W37°40'N / 99°35'W4.00 Miles900 Yards0000Ford
 Brief Description: This tornado became quite large as it moved at first to the southwest and then turned southeast. The tornado completely stripped topsoil from one field and debarked trees at a pond. Several dozen cattle were killed with several 1500 pound heifers carried 3/4 of a mile. Two other tornadoes crossed nearly the same location within an hour, which may have contributed to the scouring of the topsoil.
48.61962-06-16338°25'N / 100°15'W38°26'N / 100°12'W2.70 Miles50 Yards03250K0Ness
48.71951-06-06337°35'N / 101°22'W37°02'N / 100°56'W44.80 Miles33 Yards0325K0Grant
49.51951-06-06237°35'N / 101°20'W033K0Grant
49.62002-05-07337°42'N / 99°33'W37°37'N / 99°33'W8.50 Miles1800 Yards0000Ford
 Brief Description: This tornado which developed in the same general tornadoes earlier, moved southwest and then finally turned south and southeast. It grew very large and at one time was 1 mile wide. Extreme damage was done to trees and irrigation pipe.


* 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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