Thomas County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes
The chance of earthquake damage in Thomas County is about the same as Kansas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Thomas County is much lower than Kansas average and is much lower than the national average.
Earthquake Index, #89
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
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
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 12,380 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Thomas County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:
|Dust Storm:||1||Flood:||355||Hail:||8,304||Heat:||0||Heavy Snow:||42|
|High Surf:||0||Hurricane:||0||Ice Storm:||6||Landslide:||0||Strong Wind:||69|
|Thunderstorm Winds:||3,244||Tropical Storm:||0||Wildfire:||1||Winter Storm:||43||Winter Weather:||11|
No volcano is found in or near Thomas County.
Historical Earthquake Events
No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Thomas County.
No historical earthquake events found in or near Thomas County.
Historical Tornado Events
A total of 32 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Thomas County.
|Distance (miles)||Date||Magnitude||Start Lat/Log||End Lat/Log||Length||Width||Fatalities||Injuries||Property Damage||Crop Damage||Affected County|
|11.4||1995-05-12||2||39°25'N / 101°03'W||39°22'N / 100°42'W||18.00 Miles||1500 Yards||0||1||0.7M||3.5M||Thomas|
|Brief Description: Intermittent tornado damage included farm residence and storage buildings roofs torn off, high voltage electricty towers destroyed,irrigation rigs over-turned, trees snapped. Extensive crop damage from tornado, highs winds, and large hail. Tornado moved nearly due east at 25 mph and entered Sheridan County. One woman was slightly injured while in her home during the tornado. A mobile home was completely destroyed.|
|14.2||1956-10-29||2||39°19'N / 100°52'W||39°24'N / 100°46'W||7.70 Miles||50 Yards||0||0||0K||0||Thomas|
|14.4||1956-10-29||2||39°17'N / 100°52'W||39°22'N / 100°46'W||7.60 Miles||50 Yards||0||0||0K||0||Thomas|
|15.1||1951-05-14||2||39°22'N / 101°22'W||0||0||0K||0||Thomas|
|19.0||1971-10-17||3||39°09'N / 101°19'W||0||0||0K||0||Lyon|
|24.7||2007-03-28||2||39°28'N / 101°33'W||39°32'N / 101°28'W||7.00 Miles||350 Yards||0||0||100K||0K||Sherman|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado tracked from Sherman county through most of Cheyenne county with a total path length of 34 miles. The Sherman county path length was 7 miles. The tornado was on the ground for 62 minutes and produced F1-F2 damage along much of its path, especially in Cheyenne county. In Sherman county, no homes were affected. Tree and power pole damage was most noteworthy in the northern portion of the county near Roads 79 and 30 where 15 poles were snapped and extensive tree damage occurred. The tornado developed near Roads 73 and 30 and tracked straight north near Road 30 for most of its length in Sherman, and exited into Cheyenne county near Road 30. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A major Spring storm system affecting the Central High Plains produced 16 tornadoes and flash flooding, in addition to severe hail and wind. This was the most tornadoes reported in a single day in the Goodland County Warning Area. The most significant tornado was an EF2 which began in Sherman county and moved north across most of Cheyenne county in Kansas. Four homesteads suffered significant property damage along the 36 mile path length. In addition to the EF2 tornado, there were three EF1 and twelve EF0 tornadoes stretching from Greeley county Kansas into Dundy county Nebraska. No injuries or fatalities occurred.|
|27.9||1962-06-07||2||39°00'N / 101°21'W||39°00'N / 101°18'W||1.90 Miles||400 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Logan|
|29.2||1984-06-11||2||39°21'N / 101°37'W||39°33'N / 101°37'W||12.00 Miles||400 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Sherman|
|30.7||1956-07-05||2||39°48'N / 101°09'W||0||0||0K||0||Rawlins|
|31.0||2008-05-22||2||39°21'N / 100°30'W||39°29'N / 100°31'W||9.00 Miles||300 Yards||0||0||750K||0K||Sheridan|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado developed just south of highway 24 west of Hoxie, and moved north nine miles before dissipating. It produced EF2 damage at a home on highway 24, removing much of the roof of the home and destroying a large metal outbuilding. Significant tree damage also occurred. South of the highway, an irrigation pivot was overturned and a second home suffered minor damage and a small outbuilding was destroyed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A series of intense supercell thunderstorms moved north across the area during the afternoon and early evening hours. Long-track tornadoes, flash flooding, large hail and damaging winds were reported across much of northwest Kansas into extreme southern Nebraska. Eleven tornadoes were verified by storm chasers and damage surveys.|
|31.4||1956-07-05||2||39°48'N / 101°13'W||0||0||25K||0||Rawlins|
|31.8||1951-08-24||2||39°47'N / 100°55'W||39°48'N / 100°51'W||3.30 Miles||100 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Rawlins|
|32.3||1951-05-14||3||39°47'N / 101°20'W||0||4||3K||0||Rawlins|
|32.7||1950-08-06||2||39°08'N / 100°38'W||39°07'N / 100°28'W||8.70 Miles||33 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Gove|
|33.0||1965-05-22||2||39°24'N / 101°42'W||0||0||0K||0||Sherman|
|33.4||1951-05-20||3||39°47'N / 101°23'W||0||0||0K||0||Rawlins|
|34.0||1970-06-14||3||39°29'N / 100°31'W||39°34'N / 100°27'W||6.60 Miles||900 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Sheridan|
|35.5||1972-09-05||2||39°33'N / 100°28'W||2.00 Miles||100 Yards||0||0||3K||0||Sheridan|
|35.6||1958-04-27||2||39°51'N / 101°14'W||39°53'N / 101°09'W||4.70 Miles||200 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Rawlins|
|35.9||1994-06-07||2||39°32'N / 101°43'W||2.00 Miles||500 Yards||0||0||500K||0||Sherman|
|Brief Description: Tornado inflicted $100,000 damage to farmstead.|
|36.1||2007-03-28||2||39°33'N / 101°31'W||39°54'N / 101°37'W||27.00 Miles||700 Yards||0||0||2.0M||0K||Cheyenne|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado tracked from Sherman county through most of Cheyenne county with a total path length of 34 miles. The tornado was on the ground for 62 minutes and produced F1-F2 damage along much of its path. In Cheyenne county, four homes were affected, all having lost the entire roof and some with outside wall damage. Tree and power pole damage was extensive as well as significant property damage including garages, outbuildings, grain bins and livestock. The tornado tracked almost straight north along Road 30 for most of its length in Cheyenne county, and then at Road U the tornado veered left and dissipated near Roads AA and 26. The tornado began at the Sherman county line near Road 30. Wildlife officials stated that 22 mule deer, 50 ducks, 4 pheasants, 4 rabbits and 2 song birds were killed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A major Spring storm system affecting the Central High Plains produced 16 tornadoes and flash flooding, in addition to severe hail and wind. This was the most tornadoes reported in a single day in the Goodland County Warning Area. The most significant tornado was an EF2 which began in Sherman county and moved north across most of Cheyenne county in Kansas. Four homesteads suffered significant property damage along the 36 mile path length. In addition to the EF2 tornado, there were three EF1 and twelve EF0 tornadoes stretching from Greeley county Kansas into Dundy county Nebraska. No injuries or fatalities occurred.|
|39.1||1971-10-17||3||39°54'N / 101°14'W||39°56'N / 101°10'W||3.80 Miles||440 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Rawlins|
|39.4||1982-05-19||3||39°04'N / 101°43'W||2.00 Miles||400 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Sherman|
|39.5||1972-09-05||2||39°37'N / 100°27'W||39°39'N / 100°25'W||2.30 Miles||80 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Decatur|
|41.4||1952-07-06||2||39°16'N / 101°51'W||0||0||3K||0||Sherman|
|41.6||1970-06-14||3||39°34'N / 100°27'W||39°41'N / 100°19'W||10.60 Miles||900 Yards||0||5||2.5M||0||Decatur|
|42.4||1994-06-07||2||39°41'N / 101°48'W||39°34'N / 101°48'W||7.00 Miles||800 Yards||0||0||5.0M||0||Cheyenne|
|Brief Description: Tornado moved south southeast at 20 mph. Several pivot irrigation rigs were destroyed. Two grain bins and a barn were destroyed and a quonset building door was torn off. One large feedlot, farm home, and outbuildings were damaged and utility poles destroyed. Estimated damage around $600,000.|
|42.7||1995-05-12||2||39°22'N / 100°17'W||0.80 Mile||200 Yards||0||0||0||50K||Sheridan|
|Brief Description: Tornado snapped large trees.|
|46.3||2008-05-23||2||39°07'N / 100°14'W||39°17'N / 100°15'W||11.00 Miles||1760 Yards||0||0||1.0M||0K||Sheridan|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado moved into southern Sheridan county from Gove county. It initially moved NNE, then straight north on Road 120E then turned back to the NNW before dissipating near Road 50S and 100E in Sheridan county. Approximately five miles of utility poles were broken or heavily damaged from a combination of tornado and rear flank downdraft winds. In addition, several farmsteads suffered damage to the home and outbuildings. A mobile home was blown off its supports and into a nearby home which was destroyed as a result. 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.|
|46.9||2000-10-31||2||39°09'N / 101°59'W||39°14'N / 101°53'W||7.00 Miles||250 Yards||0||0||0||0||Sherman|
|Brief Description: Tornado destroyed abandoned house and garage as it entered southwest Sherman County from Wallace County. Tornado also ripped out utility poles and trees. It was likely the widest just after crossing the county line, and was briefly described as an "elephant trunk" tornado by storm spotters.|
|47.5||1971-10-17||2||39°46'N / 101°48'W||0.50 Mile||100 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Cheyenne|
|48.1||2008-05-23||4||38°56'N / 100°17'W||39°06'N / 100°19'W||11.00 Miles||1320 Yards||0||2||2.5M||0K||Gove|
|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.|
* 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.