Study Of Greensburg Tornado Uncovers New Details

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

A study of the Greensburg tornado has found that southern and central Kansas saw more twisters that night than initially thought. And those tornadoes were particularly strong.

The Greensburg twister was one of 22 that touched down in southern and central Kansas from the same thunderstorm complex the night of May 4, 2007, and early the next morning.

The Greensburg tornado and a large one northeast of there were so intense the weather service's radar in Dodge City detected vortex holes in them.

A co-author of the study, Mike Umscheid, says radar had never before detected such a thing in a twister. Vortex holes form when winds are rotating so rapidly they pull debris and even large raindrops from the center of the storm.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 36565044 - kake.com/a?a=36565044
Gray Television, Inc.