Tornadoes In Kansas, A large and extremely dangerous tornado was reported near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, in Wichita, Kansas, on Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.
Baseball-sized hail, wind gusts and tornadoes are threatening to pummel parts of the central Plains and Midwest on Sunday and Monday.
A mix of ingredients could combine to spawn a severe weather outbreak sweeping through parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Missouri, CNN meteorologist Melissa Le Fevre said.
“Overall, the threat is similar for the region: strong supercells that will have the capability to produce hail baseball-size or larger, strong wind gusts and tornadoes,” she said Sunday. “It will ultimately depends on how warm the region gets today.”
According to the National Weather Service, supercells are a special type of thunderstorm that can last for many hours. “They are responsible for nearly all of the significant tornadoes produced in the U.S. and for most of the hailstones larger than golf ball size,” the weather service says. “Supercells are also known to produce extreme winds and flash flooding.”
Warmer temperatures are an important factor, Le Fevre said.