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

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

Earthquake Index, #68

Ness County
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

Ness 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, #46

Ness County
224.19
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 16,505 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Ness County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:26Cold:20Dense Fog:0Drought:18
Dust Storm:1Flood:393Hail:10,624Heat:13Heavy Snow:79
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:24Landslide:0Strong Wind:153
Thunderstorm Winds:4,579Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:106Winter Weather:44
Other:423 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Ness County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Ness County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 79 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Ness County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.71971-06-09238°31'N / 100°01'W38°27'N / 99°54'W7.70 Miles117 Yards01250K0Ness
6.92008-05-23238°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.
8.21972-04-30338°33'N / 100°02'W38°37'N / 99°56'W6.80 Miles440 Yards003K0Ness
8.32008-05-23238°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.
11.31960-05-04238°38'N / 99°50'W000K0Ness
11.62007-03-28338°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.
12.01972-04-30338°27'N / 99°43'W38°26'N / 99°40'W2.70 Miles200 Yards00250K0Ness
12.12008-05-23338°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.
15.61990-04-25338°37'N / 99°44'W38°41'N / 99°42'W4.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Ness
16.42008-05-23238°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.
17.51962-06-16338°25'N / 100°15'W38°26'N / 100°12'W2.70 Miles50 Yards03250K0Ness
17.71972-04-30438°16'N / 99°43'W38°18'N / 99°41'W2.30 Miles77 Yards00250K0Ness
18.21972-05-22238°11'N / 100°05'W38°17'N / 99°58'W9.40 Miles10 Yards000K0Hodgeman
18.21959-05-28238°37'N / 99°39'W38°39'N / 99°37'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Ness
19.11964-04-19238°16'N / 100°08'W0025K0Hodgeman
19.21971-05-17238°44'N / 100°05'W38°47'N / 99°44'W19.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Trego
21.11972-04-30438°05'N / 100°06'W38°16'N / 99°43'W24.30 Miles77 Yards01250K0Hodgeman
22.51972-04-30338°32'N / 100°22'W38°41'N / 100°13'W13.10 Miles300 Yards0025K0Lane
22.72007-03-28338°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.
22.91959-09-17238°09'N / 99°56'W013K0Hodgeman
23.21990-04-25338°41'N / 99°42'W38°47'N / 99°33'W10.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Trego
24.81973-04-30238°28'N / 99°27'W0.20 Mile100 Yards003K0Rush
26.31968-06-13238°06'N / 99°54'W0025K0Hodgeman
26.81972-04-30338°13'N / 99°30'W38°27'N / 99°24'W17.00 Miles77 Yards00250K0Pawnee
26.92008-05-23238°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.
27.92005-06-09338°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.
28.61968-05-13338°29'N / 101°08'W39°08'N / 99°20'W106.8 Miles320 Yards0025K0Scott
29.71956-10-29338°06'N / 99°29'W38°19'N / 99°29'W14.90 Miles440 Yards003K0Pawnee
30.11970-06-13238°08'N / 99°31'W38°15'N / 99°28'W8.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pawnee
32.11972-05-22238°00'N / 99°54'W38°02'N / 99°49'W5.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Hodgeman
32.21951-06-21238°32'N / 99°19'W000K0Rush
32.52008-05-23238°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.
32.91968-06-18338°30'N / 99°18'W0.50 Mile220 Yards08250K0Rush
33.21972-04-30338°39'N / 100°29'W1.00 Mile50 Yards023K0Lane
33.31991-05-16337°56'N / 100°09'W38°05'N / 99°55'W22.00 Miles880 Yards02250K0Hodgeman
33.81954-06-10238°06'N / 100°18'W7.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Finney
34.21962-06-16338°08'N / 100°43'W38°25'N / 100°15'W31.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Finney
35.02009-04-18238°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.
35.21988-05-02238°12'N / 99°25'W38°12'N / 99°19'W5.00 Miles70 Yards0025K0Pawnee
36.31972-05-22238°56'N / 99°34'W2.00 Miles250 Yards0025K0Ellis
37.41965-05-07238°06'N / 100°24'W013K0Finney
38.21951-06-27439°02'N / 99°53'W0.80 Mile300 Yards51002.5M0Trego
38.81972-05-22238°56'N / 99°29'W0.50 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
38.92001-04-21238°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)
39.31998-10-16338°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.
39.51974-08-30238°21'N / 99°15'W38°15'N / 99°11'W7.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Pawnee
39.91985-05-10338°56'N / 99°38'W39°06'N / 99°38'W10.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Trego
40.12004-03-27337°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.
40.21958-07-26238°02'N / 99°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards000K0Edwards
40.51962-06-16238°15'N / 100°43'W38°20'N / 100°31'W12.20 Miles50 Yards000K0Finney
40.71954-04-25239°03'N / 100°06'W0025K0Trego
41.21972-05-22239°00'N / 99°32'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
41.21972-05-22239°00'N / 99°32'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
41.21972-05-22239°00'N / 99°32'W1.00 Mile220 Yards000K0Ellis
41.21974-06-05239°00'N / 99°42'W39°00'N / 99°22'W17.70 Miles70 Yards00250K0Trego
41.31990-04-25338°47'N / 99°33'W39°07'N / 99°19'W23.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Ellis
41.71972-08-02238°53'N / 99°20'W0.20 Mile150 Yards00250K0Ellis
41.71970-06-13337°57'N / 99°28'W38°03'N / 99°25'W7.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Edwards
42.01964-05-05238°33'N / 100°44'W38°37'N / 100°37'W7.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Scott
42.31964-08-31338°48'N / 99°19'W38°55'N / 99°16'W8.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Ellis
42.41980-10-16338°49'N / 99°15'W00250K0Ellis
42.51971-05-09338°00'N / 99°31'W37°59'N / 99°21'W9.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Edwards
42.52002-05-05239°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.
42.61979-08-28238°46'N / 100°35'W38°39'N / 100°42'W10.10 Miles200 Yards00250K0Gove
42.62008-05-23438°56'N / 100°17'W39°06'N / 100°19'W11.00 Miles1320 Yards022.5M0KGove
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A large wedge tornado developed about 9 miles SSW of Quinter and moved north, then northwest, eventually dissipating 2 miles SE of Park. This tornado caused extensive damage to several homes, including EF4 damage to one home which was completely destroyed. A car and a pickup truck were tossed or bounced 200 yards at the residence. Nearby, two other homes suffered extensive damage. This tornado caused two injuries, including the driver of a vehicle which was thrown off Interstate 70, and an older male attempting to get into his storm cellar when he was struck by flying debris. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Intense supercell thunderstorms moved north across the region during the afternoon and evening hours producing 10 tornadoes, including an F4 tornado just SW of Quinter. Extremely heavy rainfall also resulted in flooding in many areas. Many of these thunderstorms occurred in the same areas as the storms the previous day.
44.01978-05-30237°54'N / 100°13'W37°52'N / 100°10'W3.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Ford
44.01978-05-30238°00'N / 100°30'W37°54'N / 100°13'W16.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Gray
44.31960-05-22238°11'N / 100°38'W003K0Finney
44.61964-06-10238°28'N / 99°05'W0025K0Rush
45.02001-04-10238°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.
46.11972-04-30238°55'N / 99°23'W39°04'N / 99°20'W10.50 Miles127 Yards0025K0Ellis
46.52008-05-23237°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.
46.72002-05-05339°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.
47.31960-05-23238°01'N / 100°33'W003K0Finney
47.51970-06-15239°08'N / 99°38'W1.50 Miles200 Yards0025K0Graham
48.41960-05-24238°47'N / 99°06'W0.30 Mile100 Yards000K0Ellis
48.61978-05-30238°04'N / 100°42'W38°00'N / 100°30'W11.70 Miles17 Yards00250K0Finney
48.91955-06-04437°29'N / 100°02'W38°11'N / 99°03'W72.20 Miles100 Yards00250K0Ford
49.92008-05-23237°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.


* 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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