Skew-T Meteorologist in Kansas City

Thursday Afternoon Storm Chase

Supercell over the Manhattan, Kansas airport
Supercell over the Manhattan, Kansas airport

Leaving work a couple of hours early, we drove as far west as Florence and Junction City, Kansas. We ended up following several tornado warned storms but high precipitation reduced visibility.

Radarscope depiction of KEAX after the heaviest rain past Kansas City
Radarscope depiction of KEAX after the heaviest rain past Kansas City

On the way back east to KC, a very strong conglomeration of storms caught up with us. For the last 40 miles or so incredibly heavy rain made it nearly impossible to see the non reflective lane markings and slowed most drivers down to a near standstill on the freeway. One of the cells that passed just 10 miles or so from home produced hail over an inch in diameter.