Storm Events Database

Event Details:

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 3.56 Miles
-- Width 1580 Yards
County/Area JEWELL
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCEI Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2013-05-27 18:10:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 3SSW SALEM
Begin Lat/Lon 39.847/-98.504
End Date 2013-05-27 18:20:00.0 CST-6
End Location 1NNW ESBON
End Lat/Lon 39.838/-98.438
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 1/0
Property Damage 0.40M
Crop Damage 0.50M
Episode Narrative This event occurred on a Monday, which was also Memorial Day. The first and most intense thunderstorm of the day developed over northern Phillips county just after 4:30 pm CDT. This was the southern storm in a line segment of supercell storms, which exhibited multicell characteristics. This line extended northeast across the border into southern Nebraska. During the following four hours, this storm tracked east across Phillips, Smith and Jewell counties. Numerous storm chasers followed this storm. The initial storm report came from the rear flank of the storm, over Phillips county. It was here that the RFD produced winds estimated around 60 mph. As the storm moved east, two weak, brief tornadoes were spotted just northwest and northeast of Smith Center. A rain-wrapped EF-3 tornado, described as a wedge, then followed, tracking just north of Lebanon and Esbon. The tornado track was roughly 6 miles long and at its widest point, was nearly one mile wide. Even though this tornado was over rural areas, it still managed to produce damage. The worst damage was to a home that lost its roof and part of its second story.
On radar, the hook echo was short and stubby. Because of this, there was substantial rain within the mesocyclone, which made it difficult to see the tornado except in its immediate vicinity. The Tornado Intercept Vehicle endured a direct hit from the tornado, with video confirmation. As this storm continued into Jewell County, no more reports of wind damage or tornadoes were received. However, the hail dramatically increased with multiple reports of hail to the size of tennis balls. The largest hail was yet to occur. Near Montrose, hail a little large than grapefruit size was reported (5 and 1/4 inches). After 7:00 pm CDT, other multicell storms developed, mainly affecting Mitchell county. These storms only produced a single report of 1 inch hail northwest of Beloit.
With the 8 am CDT Severe Weather Outlook, the Storm Prediction Center upgraded North Central Kansas to a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms. A weak short-wave trough was approaching the region, embedded within a broad upper-level trough, over the western United States. A quasi-stationary front, oriented in an east-west fashion, extended across Nebraska. During the early morning hours, a mesoscale convective system tracked through eastern Nebraska southeastward into Missouri. This MCS laid down an outflow boundary that extended across northern Kansas, to a lee-side low. It was to the north of this outflow boundary that storms initiated. At the time of initial thunderstorm development, temperatures were in the lower to middle 80s to near 90, with dewpoints in the middle 60s. This resulted in an extremely unstable atmosphere, with MLCAPE between 3000 and 4000 J/kg. Deep layer shear was 40 to 50 knots, which was more that strong enough for supercell storm structures.
Event Narrative This tornado affected two counties in north central Kansas, touching down north of Lebanon in Smith County and lifting north of Esbon in Jewell County. The maximum wind speed was estimated to be near 140 MPH, with a maximum path width of 1580 yards. Along its path, this tornado caused minor to major tree damage, overturned irrigation pivots, snapped power poles and damaged or destroyed grain bins and outbuildings. Four homesteads suffered damage, with the hardest hit locations approximately 3 miles northeast of Lebanon in Smith County. Two homes in this area were heavily damaged or destroyed, with one losing its entire second level. This location also completely lost grain bins, a large outbuilding and newly constructed garage. One person suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital.


Event Map:

Note: The tornado track is approximate based on the beginning (B) and ending (E) locations. The actual tornado path may differ from a straight line.

All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 2 2.350M 7.500M
KENSINGTON SMITH CO. KS 05/27/2013 17:04 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITH CENTER SMITH CO. KS 05/27/2013 17:32 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CORA SMITH CO. KS 05/27/2013 17:45 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITH CENTER SMITH CO. KS 05/27/2013 17:46 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEBANON SMITH CO. KS 05/27/2013 18:04 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 1 1.400M 3.000M
SALEM JEWELL CO. KS 05/27/2013 18:10 CST-6 Tornado EF3 0 1 400.00K 500.00K
BELOIT MITCHELL CO. KS 05/27/2013 18:32 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ESBON JEWELL CO. KS 05/27/2013 18:48 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURR OAK JEWELL CO. KS 05/27/2013 19:02 CST-6 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 150.00K 1.000M
MANKATO JEWELL CO. KS 05/27/2013 19:10 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 150.00K 2.000M
MONTROSE JEWELL CO. KS 05/27/2013 19:35 CST-6 Hail 5.25 in. 0 0 250.00K 1.000M
Totals: 0 2 2.350M 7.500M