List of Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence tornadoes

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EF5 tornado damage in Parkersburg, Iowa.

The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence from May 22, 2008 to May 31, 2008 affected much of the central United States and parts of Canada. Nearly 280 tornadoes were reported during the outbreak and at least 233 were confirmed.

The first outbreak lasted from May 22 to May 25 and produced over 170 tornado reports including several large and destructive tornadoes including in Windsor, Colorado, Quinter, Kansas, Hugo, Minnesota and Parkersburg, Iowa. The Parkersburg tornado was rated an EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with winds of 205 mph. Seven people were killed in Iowa, two in Kansas and one in each Minnesota and Colorado.

The second outbreak lasted from May 29 to May 31 and produced 96 tornado reports from Wyoming to Virginia. No fatalities have been reported.

Weaker tornadoes between the two main outbreaks occurred also from May 26 to May 28 in Wyoming, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and Ontario.

This is the list of tornadoes from the Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence.

Reported tornadoes[edit]

Note: three tornadoes in Canada were rated according to the original Fujita scale, but are included in the chart below using their number rated.

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
235 141 61 20 11 1 1

May 22 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Thursday, May 22, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Colorado
EF3 Windsor area Weld, Larimer 40°29′N 104°55′W / 40.49°N 104.91°W / 40.49; -104.91 1826 35 miles
(56 km)
1 death - See section on this tornado
Wyoming
EF2 SW of Buford to Laramie Albany 41°19′N 105°35′W / 41.31°N 105.58°W / 41.31; -105.58 1910 20 miles
(32 km)
Tornado tracked across the eastern and northern parts of the city. A high school, a junior high school and a Wal-Mart were damaged, along with numerous houses nearby. One person was injured near Buford.
EF1 E of Cheyenne Laramie 41°04′N 105°21′W / 41.07°N 105.35°W / 41.07; -105.35 0228 1 mile
(1.6 km)
A pole barn was destroyed
EF0 SW of Cheyenne Laramie 41°17′N 105°14′W / 41.28°N 105.24°W / 41.28; -105.24 0232 unknown Brief touchdown
Kansas
EF0 SW of Gove Gove 38°47′N 100°44′W / 38.78°N 100.73°W / 38.78; -100.73 2045 1 mile
(1.6 km)
No damage reported
EF0 S of Grinnell Gove 38°59′N 100°38′W / 38.98°N 100.63°W / 38.98; -100.63 2107 3 miles
(4.8 km)
No damage reported
EF1 W of Selden Sheridan, Decatur 39°08′N 100°31′W / 39.14°N 100.51°W / 39.14; -100.51 2211 17.5 miles
(28 km)
Damage to outbuildings and trees at a farmstead
EF0 W of Granfield Gove, Sheridan 39°08′N 100°31′W / 39.14°N 100.51°W / 39.14; -100.51 2214 11 miles
(17.6 km)
Minor damage reported to sheds.
EF0 NW of Alamota Lane 39°28′N 100°22′W / 39.46°N 100.37°W / 39.46; -100.37 2232 5 miles
(8 km)
Tornado over open area
EF1 SW of Oberlin Decatur 39°47′N 100°34′W / 39.79°N 100.57°W / 39.79; -100.57 2248 13 miles
(20.8 km)
Damage limited to irrigation pivots with some destroyed
EF2 W of Hoxie Sheridan 39°24′N 100°29′W / 39.40°N 100.49°W / 39.40; -100.49 2255 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Large wedge tornado reported. One house was heavily damaged and power poles were knocked over.
EF1 SE of Gove Gove 38°47′N 100°10′W / 38.79°N 100.17°W / 38.79; -100.17 2308 8 miles
(12.8 km)
A house and several outbuildings were damaged.
EF0 SE of Selden (1st tornado) Sheridan 2318 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Tornado over open country
EF0 SE of Selden (2nd tornado) Sheridan 2320 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado over open country
EF0 S of Collyer Trego 38°59′N 100°07′W / 38.99°N 100.12°W / 38.99; -100.12 2326 5 miles
(8 km)
No damage reported
EF1 W of Dresden Decatur (KS), Red Willow (NE) 39°37′N 100°25′W / 39.61°N 100.41°W / 39.61; -100.41 2331 34 miles
(54.4 km)
Damage reported to a house and a ranch, and some farm equipment. Outbuildings were destroyed and utility poles snapped.
EF0 SE of Quinter Gove 2332 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado over open country
EF1 SW of Utica Ness 38°34′N 100°13′W / 38.57°N 100.22°W / 38.57; -100.22 0100 4 miles
(6.4 km)
A cattle shed and a barn were blown away. Fences were downed
EF0 SE of Pendennis Lane 38°33′N 100°16′W / 38.55°N 100.26°W / 38.55; -100.26 0105 1 mile
(1.6 km)
No damage reported
EF1 Wakeeney Trego 38°58′N 99°53′W / 38.97°N 99.89°W / 38.97; -99.89 0157 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Damage reported at the Wakeeney Airport with hangars blown off. A local high school sustained roof damage, and damage was reported at a KOA campground. Several other businesses were damaged.
Nebraska
EF0 S of Wauneta Chase 2229 unknown Tornado over open country
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 22, 2008, NWS Goodland, NWS Denver, NWS Dodge City

May 23 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Friday, May 23, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Wyoming
EF1 NW of Cheyenne Laramie 41°16′N 104°58′W / 41.27°N 104.96°W / 41.27; -104.96 2113 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Tornado over open country
EF0 NE of Chuggwater to NE of Wheatland Platte 42°04′N 104°49′W / 42.07°N 104.82°W / 42.07; -104.82 2200 20 miles
(32 km)
Tornado over open country
EF0 SW of Pine Bluffs Laramie 41°07′N 104°09′W / 41.12°N 104.15°W / 41.12; -104.15 2209 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Tornado touchdown south of Interstate 80 at mile 394.
EF1 SW of La Grange to SW of Yoder Goshen 41°31′N 104°10′W / 41.52°N 104.16°W / 41.52; -104.16 2326 24 miles
(38.4 km)
One mobile home lost its roof
Kansas
EF0 SE of Gove (1st tornado) Gove 2102 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado with no damage
EF0 SE of Quinter Gove 2120 5 miles
(8 km)
Large tornado with no damage
EF0 SE of Friend Finney 2129 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Minor tree damage
EF1 W of Quinter (1st tornado) Gove, Sheridan 39°04′N 100°16′W / 39.07°N 100.26°W / 39.07; -100.26 2134 5 miles
(8 km)
Damage to utility poles and trees
EF2 W of Quinter (2nd tornado) Gove, Sheridan 39°04′N 100°16′W / 39.07°N 100.26°W / 39.07; -100.26 2135 14 miles
(22.4 km)
Wedge tornado videotaped at the same time a second tornado was nearby. Extensive utility pole damage and damage to homesteads and outbuildings. A mobile home was blown off its supports into a home which was destroyed on impact.
EF1 W of Dighton Lane 38°29′N 100°29′W / 38.48°N 100.48°W / 38.48; -100.48 2201 8 miles
(12.8 km)
Damage to pivot irrigation sprinklers and power poles
EF1 S of Studley Graham 39°14′N 100°10′W / 39.23°N 100.16°W / 39.23; -100.16 2210 14 miles
(22.4 km)
Long lived wedge tornado confirmed. 1/2 mile of power poles were downed
EF0 N of Dighton Lane 2215 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Minor tree damage
EF0 NW of Dighton Lane 38°29′N 100°28′W / 38.49°N 100.47°W / 38.49; -100.47 2215 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Satellite tornado with damage to a pivot sprinkler
EF0 E of Healy Lane 2222 2 miles
(3.2 km)
No damage reported
EF0 SE of Ingalls Gray 37°47′N 100°24′W / 37.79°N 100.40°W / 37.79; -100.40 2224 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief spin-up tornado lasting less than a minute
EF1 NW of Shields Lane 2235 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage to trees
EF0 SE of Gove (2nd tornado) Gove 2235 5 miles
(8 km)
Tornado over open country
EF2 W of Quinter to SE of Tasco Gove, Lane 38°44′N 100°26′W / 38.73°N 100.43°W / 38.73; -100.43 2240 16 miles
(25.6 km)
Tornado reported on the county line. One home was destroyed with others damaged.
EF0 NE of Shields Lane 2245 1 mile
(1.6 km)
No damage observed
EF4 Quinter area Gove 39°03′N 100°09′W / 39.05°N 100.15°W / 39.05; -100.15 2310 11 miles
(17.6 km)
Large wedge tornado confirmed via KSNK broadcast. Three homes were completely destroyed and several others were damaged. Two vehicles were moved 200 yards, and one person was injured when the tornado crossed Interstate 70.
EF0 N of Kalvesta Finney, Hodgeman, Ness, Lane 2325 6 miles
(9.6 km)
No known damage
EF0 NW of Englewood Clark 2337 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Minor tree damage
EF0 SE of Beeler Ness 2352 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Tornado over open country
EF0 SW of Studley Sheridan 2352 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Large wedge tornado but no damage
EF0 SW of Laird Ness 2358 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Tornado over inhabited land
EF0 NW of Ashland Clark 0001 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Tornado touchdown, no known damage
EF0 NW of Leoti Wichita 38°30′N 101°25′W / 38.50°N 101.41°W / 38.50; -101.41 0005 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado with no damage
EF2 N of Laird Ness 0007 12 mile
(19.2 km)
Damage to trees, power poles, a large tank, a barn and hay bales
EF0 S of Tasco Sheridan 39°10′N 100°14′W / 39.17°N 100.23°W / 39.17; -100.23 0015 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Tornado over open country with no damage
EF3 Clark State Lake to SW of Mullinville Clark, Kiowa 0025 21 mile
(33.6 km)
1.8 mile-wide tornado damage two homes, barns and carried an oil tank battery for 1.8 miles. 20 head of cattle were killed and one minor injury. In Kiowa County, trees and power lines were downed while a concrete house was damaged
EF2 SE of Arnold Ness 0025 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Satellite tornado with uprooted trees
EF3 S of Osgood Ness, Trego 0029 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Damage to two homes, power poles, trees and a farm implement which was carried 1/2 mile.
EF1 N of Clark State Lake Clark 37°31′N 99°47′W / 37.51°N 99.78°W / 37.51; -99.78 0042 7 miles
(11.2 km)
Damage to trees, outbuildings and pivot sprinklers
EF1 NE of Clark State Lake Clark 0043 1 miles
(1.6 km)
Satellite tornado with damage to trees
EF1 NW of Brownell Trego 38°42′N 99°49′W / 38.70°N 99.82°W / 38.70; -99.82 0049 8 miles
(12.8 km)
A horse trailer was carried 50 feet and damage to power poles and trees
EF2 SE of Cedar Bluff Resort Trego 0058 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Mile-wide tornado damaging a house, trees and power poles with an outbuilding being destroyed. Oil tanks were ruptured and several head of cattle were killed
EF0 SE of Joy Kiowa 0111 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Minor tree damage
EF2 SW of Riga Trego 0117 8 miles
(12.8 km)
Damage to trees
EF0 SW of Lake Arrowhead Barber 0117 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Minor tree damage
EF1 Ellis area (1st tornado) Ellis 38°56′N 99°34′W / 38.94°N 99.56°W / 38.94; -99.56 0128 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Large and dangerous tornado reported in the town with damage reported. Rescue crews headed to outlying areas. Damage to outbuildings, storage tanks, power poles and houses. One injury was reported.
EF0 NE of Greensburg Kiowa 37°37′N 99°19′W / 37.61°N 99.31°W / 37.61; -99.31 0134 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Separate tornado west of Greensburg with minor damage reported.
EF0 S of Greensburg Kiowa 0135 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Tornado moved over farmland with no damage
EF0 N of Ellis (1st tornado) Ellis 0140 6 miles
(9.6 km)
No damage reported
EF1 S of Riga Trego, Ellis 0144 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Power lines and trees downed. Outbuildings and homes were damaged
EF0 NE of Brenham Kiowa 37°37′N 99°19′W / 37.61°N 99.31°W / 37.61; -99.31 0156 1 mile
(1.6 km)
No damage reported
EF1 Ellis area (2nd tornado) Trego, Ellis 0207 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Damage to trees, outbuildings, a grain silo and an oil tank
EF0 N of Wellsford Kiowa, Edwards 0208 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Tornado moved into grassland,
EF1 NW of Turkville Ellis, Rooks 0208 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage to trees, outbuilding and power lines
EF0 SE of Trousdale Edwards, Pratt 37°32′N 98°37′W / 37.54°N 98.61°W / 37.54; -98.61 0211 5 miles
(8 km)
Moved over farmland
EF0 N of Ellis (2nd tornado) Ellis 38°57′N 99°34′W / 38.95°N 99.56°W / 38.95; -99.56 0216 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Second large but brief tornado reported in the area.
EF3 S of Trousdale Edwards, Pratt, Stafford 37°44′N 99°05′W / 37.74°N 99.08°W / 37.74; -99.08 0216 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Damage reported according to NWS reports by a large wedge tornado. Damage to homes, pivot sprinkler and trees. One person was injured.
EF0 E of Aetna Barber 0222 5 miles
(8 km)
Moved over open country
EF0 E of Sitka (1st tornado) Clark, Comanche 37°02′N 99°36′W / 37.03°N 99.60°W / 37.03; -99.60 0226 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Minor tree damage
EF1 NW of Bloom Ford 0226 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Damage to pivot irrigation sprinklers and a grain bin.
EF1 Protection area Comanche 0230 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Community took a direct hit from a large and dangerous tornado according to KSNG. Significant damage reported although mostly to trees and power lines. A manufacturing plant had extensive damage
EF0 E of Deerhead Barber 0241 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Minor tree damage
EF0 SW of Sillwyn Stafford 0244 5 miles
(8 km)
Passed over pasture grass and crops but with no damage
EF1 SE of Plainville Rooks 39°12′N 99°16′W / 39.20°N 99.26°W / 39.20; -99.26 0245 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Power flashes observed and power poles were blown down.
EF0 NE of Protection Comanche 0245 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Minor tree damage
EF2 NW of Coldwater Comanche, Kiowa 0252 14 miles
(22.4 km)
Damage to trees, power poles, pivot sprinklers and a house
EF0 N of Hudson Stafford 38°10′N 98°40′W / 38.16°N 98.66°W / 38.16; -98.66 0303 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Power lines were reported down on the roads.
EF2 NE of Lake City Barber 0308 7 miles
(11.2 km)
Damage limited to trees
EF0 SW of Greensburg Kiowa 0311 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage limited to trees and tin was wrapped around a fence.
EF1 E of Sitka (2nd tornado) Clark 0312 10 miles
(16 km)
Damage to trees and power poles
EF2 E of Windthorst Ford, Edwards 0312 17 miles
(27.2 km)
Damage to trees and pivot irrigation systems, power poles, outbuildings and a home
EF1 E of Elm Mills Barber, Pratt 0315 13 miles
(20.8 km)
Damage limited to trees
EF0 NE of Elm Mills Barber, Pratt 0317 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Minor damage to trees
EF3 E of Cairo Pratt 37°38′N 98°30′W / 37.64°N 98.50°W / 37.64; -98.50 0324 24 miles (38.6 km) 2 deaths - Many power flashes sighted. Fatalities occurred in a vehicle.[1] Six other people were injured and officials stated that 12 homes suffered major damage including one destroyed.[2]
EF1 SE of Great Bend Barton 38°17′N 98°42′W / 38.28°N 98.70°W / 38.28; -98.70 0330 unknown A house was lifted off its foundation and a barn and a garage were destroyed.
EF0 S of Ellinwood Barton 38°17′N 98°39′W / 38.28°N 98.65°W / 38.28; -98.65 0338 unknown Large tornado confirmed but remained in open country with damage to a few trees and power lines.
EF2 Kinsley area Edwards 0341 5 miles
(8 km)
Damage to trees, a barn and pivot sprinklers
EF0 NW of Byers Pratt 0404 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Passed over a vegetated area but no damage observed
EF1 W of Olcott Reno 0410 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Damage to homesteads, trees and power poles
EF0 E of Partridge Reno 37°58′N 98°01′W / 37.97°N 98.02°W / 37.97; -98.02 0511 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief touchdown
Colorado
EF0 S of Gill Weld 40°23′N 104°31′W / 40.39°N 104.52°W / 40.39; -104.52 2133 unknown Small landspout touched down but did not caused any damage.
EF0 NW of Windsor Weld 40°29′N 104°53′W / 40.49°N 104.89°W / 40.49; -104.89 2150 unknown Gustnado reported but no damage.
EF0 SE of Bruce Weld 40°25′N 104°48′W / 40.42°N 104.80°W / 40.42; -104.80 2150 unknown Gustnado reported but no damage.
EF0 E of Arapahoe Cheyenne 38°52′N 102°03′W / 38.86°N 102.05°W / 38.86; -102.05 2333 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Remained over open country
EF1 N of Kaufmann Weld 40°55′N 103°50′W / 40.91°N 103.83°W / 40.91; -103.83 0000 unknown Stock trailers were overturned, and fences and power lines were toppled.
Nebraska
EF0 SW of Bushnell Kimball 2310 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Tornado over open country
Oklahoma
EF3 NE of Fort Supply Harper 36°40′N 99°27′W / 36.67°N 99.45°W / 36.67; -99.45 0110 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Several buildings in Oklahoma including workshops and homes were heavily damaged.
EF0 N of Buffalo Harper, Clark (KS) 0158 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Minor damage to a home and trees
EF3 NE of Camp Houston Woods, Comanche (KS) 0159 11 miles
(17.6 km)
Several head of cattle killed in Kansas with antique cars that were carried and never found. An oil tank was carried 2 miles. Mainly tree damage in Oklahoma
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 23, 2008, NWS Goodland, NWS Norman, NWS Wichita List of deadly tornadoes in 2008, NWS Dodge City

May 24 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Saturday, May 24, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Oklahoma
EF1 N of Lacey Kingfisher 36°07′N 98°07′W / 36.12°N 98.12°W / 36.12; -98.12 1927 2.1 miles
(3.4 km)
Reported by KWTV. A pig farm and a trailer were damaged. KWTV broadcast live on Fox news
EF2 NW of Hennessey (1st tornado) Kingfisher 36°08′N 98°03′W / 36.14°N 98.05°W / 36.14; -98.05 1945 2.5 miles
(4 km)
Tornado confirmed on the ground according to KWTV. Several barns and houses were hit with roof damage and an abandoned barn destroyed.
EF0 SW of Bison Garfield 2007 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Minor tree damage
EF0 SE of Bison Garfield 2048 unknown A stone barn was damaged
EF0 SW of Douglas Garfield 2110 1 mile
(1.6 km)
A greenhouse and transmission towers were damaged. Minor tree damage was also reported.
EF2 S of Covington Garfield 2121 11.2 miles
(17 km)
Large and dangerous multiple-vortex tornado reported about 9/10 mile (1.4 km) in width. Multiple outbuildings were destroyed. A mobile home was thrown off its anchors and a property lost a false roof. A horse trailer was thrown some distance. Trees and power lines were also downed
EF1 S of Haywood Garfield 2217 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado destroyed a 100-year old church and damage one home. Oil storage equipment was knocked down and trees were toppled
EF0 SE of Haywood Garfield 2253 1 miles
(1.6 km)
Trees and oil storage tanks were damaged
EF0 W of Orlando (1st tornado) Logan 2302 1 miles
(1.6 km)
No damage reported
EF0 W of Orlando (2nd tornado) Logan, Noble 2303 1 miles
(1.6 km)
No damage reported
South Dakota
EF0 NE of Cherry Creek (1st tornado) Ziebach 2204 unknown Brief tornado touchdown.
EF0 NE of Cherry Creek (2nd tornado) Ziebach 2211 unknown Brief tornado touchdown.
EF0 NE of Cherry Creek (3rd tornado) Ziebach 2211 unknown Brief tornado touchdown.
EF0 S of Parade Dewey 44°53′N 101°06′W / 44.88°N 101.10°W / 44.88; -101.10 2218 unknown Destroyed two sheds and blew part of an old barn
EF0 SE of Parade Dewey 45°01′N 100°58′W / 45.02°N 100.96°W / 45.02; -100.96 2220 unknown Brief touchdown
EF0 SW of Thatcher (1st tornado) Dewey 2221 unknown Brief touchdown
EF0 SW of Thatcher (2nd tornado) Dewey 44°58′N 101°01′W / 44.96°N 101.02°W / 44.96; -101.02 2224 3 miles
(4.8 km)
No damage reported. The tornado was about 1/8 to 1/4 mile wide and moved mostly over open fields.
North Dakota
EF0 SW of Guelph Dickey 0038 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage limited to trees
EF0 NW of Oakes Dickey 46°08′N 98°13′W / 46.14°N 98.21°W / 46.14; -98.21 0050 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Minor damage at a farm house
EF0 NE of Glover Dickey 0059 8 miles
(12.8 km)
Damage limited to trees
EF1 S of New Salem Morton 46°47′N 101°29′W / 46.79°N 101.49°W / 46.79; -101.49 0110 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Minor damage to several houses, and some trees snapped. Several outbuildings were destroyed.
EF0 SW of Englevale Ransom 0120 unknown Brief touchdown
EF0 NW of Sweet Briar Morton 0124 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Tornado over open field crossing Interstate 94
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 24, 2008, NWS Bismarck, NWS Norman, NWS Aberdeen

May 25 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Sunday, May 25, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Kansas
EF1 NE of Manning Lane 38°34′N 100°41′W / 38.57°N 100.68°W / 38.57; -100.68 1957 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Brief tornado touchdown. Damage to trees and a barn
EF0 E of Scott City Scott 38°34′N 100°41′W / 38.57°N 100.68°W / 38.57; -100.68 1958 unknown Tornado lasted 30 seconds
EF0 S of Nekoma Rush 38°25′N 99°26′W / 38.41°N 99.44°W / 38.41; -99.44 2037 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Multiple vortex tornado with significant blowing dust. No damage reported
EF0 SE of La Crosse Rush 38°31′N 99°18′W / 38.52°N 99.30°W / 38.52; -99.30 2115 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief touchdown
EF0 N of Riga Trego 39°00′N 99°38′W / 39.00°N 99.63°W / 39.00; -99.63 2123 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado touchdown.
EF0 N of Otis Rush 38°33′N 99°03′W / 38.55°N 99.05°W / 38.55; -99.05 2147 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado on the ground.
EF0 S of Bison Rush 38°31′N 99°12′W / 38.51°N 99.20°W / 38.51; -99.20 2149 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado
EF0 W of Timken Rush 38°33′N 99°03′W / 38.55°N 99.05°W / 38.55; -99.05 2150 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado on the ground.
EF0 N of Galatia (1st tornado) Barton 38°40′N 98°58′W / 38.67°N 98.96°W / 38.67; -98.96 2222 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief tornado over open country
EF0 N of Galatia (2nd tornado) Barton 38°40′N 98°58′W / 38.66°N 98.96°W / 38.66; -98.96 2256 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Tornado over open country
EF0 NE of Holyrood Ellsworth 38°40′N 98°58′W / 38.66°N 98.96°W / 38.66; -98.96 2355 unknown Brief Tornado over open country
EF0 N of New Cambria Saline 0005 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief Tornado over open country
Texas
EF0 NW of Channing Hartley 35°44′N 102°22′W / 35.74°N 102.36°W / 35.74; -102.36 2029 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Multiple reports from spotters, NWS staff and media. Lasted for six minutes.
EF0 NE of Channing Hartley, Moore 35°44′N 102°16′W / 35.74°N 102.26°W / 35.74; -102.26 2037 7 miles
(11 km)
Second tornado in the area, lasted for 12 minutes
EF0 SW of Pringle Hutchinson 35°55′N 101°34′W / 35.91°N 101.57°W / 35.91; -101.57 2153 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Reported by NWS employee and trained spotter and remained over open country
Minnesota
EF1 Coon Rapids to Blaine area Anoka 45°11′N 93°32′W / 45.19°N 93.54°W / 45.19; -93.54 2135 6 miles
(9.6 km)
One house was removed from its foundation and several other houses lost their roofs. Numerous trees were uprooted or snapped.
EF3 Hugo area Anoka, Washington 45°11′N 93°32′W / 45.19°N 93.54°W / 45.19; -93.54 2155 6 miles
(9.6 km)
1 death - Severe damage reported in the community with houses destroyed. 9 additional people injured.[3] At least 50 homes were destroyed and 100 others seriously damaged.[4]
EF0 SW of Marine on St. Croix Washington 2210 1 Mile
(1.6 km)
Hundreds of trees damaged at Warner Nature Reserve with building slightly damaged
EF0 Marine on St. Croix Washington, St. Croix (WI), Polk (WI) 2215 0.5 miles
(800 m)
Damage to trees along the St. Croix River.
EF0 N of Whipholt Cass 2248 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Waterspout over Leech Lake
Manitoba
F0 Letellier area RM of Montcalm 2139 unknown Reported tornado by Environment Canada spotters along Highway 75. No reports of damage.
Iowa
EF5 Parkersburg area Grundy, Butler, Black Hawk 42°35′N 92°55′W / 42.58°N 92.92°W / 42.58; -92.92 2148 43 miles (69 km) 9 deaths - See section on this tornado
  • On May 22, a low pressure system developed across the Rocky Mountains, with a warm front stretching across the central Plains and a trough stretching north towards Alberta and eastern British Columbia. A moderate risk had already been issued for portions of northern Kansas on May 21, and was upgraded into a high risk during the afternoon of May 22. It was the first high risk outlook in Kansas since May 5, 2007, one day after an EF5 tornado hit Greensburg, Kansas.

Severe thunderstorm and tornado watches extended from eastern Wyoming into northern Kansas early on May 22. Just before noon, a mile-wide (1.6 km) tornado was reported near Greeley, Colorado which is about one hour north of Denver. It moved northwest, an unusual path for tornadoes. It struck the town of Windsor, causing extensive damage to some buildings, although lesser damage was reported to some homes according to some video footage. One person was killed at the Missile Silo Campground near Greeley. Another tornado struck the city of Laramie, Wyoming causing some damage to some roofs of businesses and tossing trucks across Interstate 80.[3]

Numerous tornadoes were reported across northern Kansas, however damage was limited due to the sparsely populated areas it affected. Another intense storm traveled across northern Oklahoma during the evening hours. At least 45 tornadoes were reported across the region on May 22.[4]

On May 23, thunderstorms fired up across much of the same areas, where a moderate risk of severe storms was issued for northern Kansas. Tornado watches stretched from Wyoming into Oklahoma.[5] Supercells were reported across northern Kansas and Colorado as well as southern Kansas were an intense supercell was traveling near the areas hit by powerful tornadoes on May 4–5, 2007. An EF4 tornado affected Quinter, and other tornadoes hit the towns of Ellis and Protection. Greensburg, still in the rebuilding process from the EF5 tornado that affected the town more than one year prior, narrowly missed getting struck again. Homes and trailers were also reported destroyed in Pratt and Lane Counties. There were 55 tornadoes confirmed in the Dodge City warning area alone and over 80 tornadoes confirmed that day and night, with two deaths reported in Pratt County and at least five people were injured in Kansas alone with the most across Stafford County.678

EF3 Hazleton area Buchanan, Delaware 42°38′N 92°03′W / 42.64°N 92.05°W / 42.64; -92.05 2305 32.4 miles
(52 km)
Numerous farm houses destroyed and many others damaged. Trailers were also thrown from a business and some were destroyed. Three people were injured.
EF1 NE of Weldon Clarke 41°00′N 93°44′W / 41.00°N 93.73°W / 41.00; -93.73 2325 7 miles
(11.2 km)
No known damage
EF1 S of Lamont Buchanan 2340 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Damage to outbuildings and trees.
EF1 S of Petersburg Delaware, Dubuque 42°32′N 91°20′W / 42.53°N 91.34°W / 42.53; -91.34 0031 7.75 miles
(12 km)
Numerous farm outbuildings were destroyed, and some trees were damaged.
EF1 S of Victor Iowa 41°42′N 92°17′W / 41.70°N 92.29°W / 41.70; -92.29 0406 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Two outbuildings and several sheds were damaged or destroyed, and a grain bin was thrown. Tree damage also reported with a tree falling on a mobile home.
EF0 N of North Liberty Johnson 41°47′N 91°37′W / 41.78°N 91.61°W / 41.78; -91.61 0438 0.1 mile
(160 m)
One home suffered roof damage as well as having its garage door blown in.
Wisconsin
EF0 N of Connersville Dunn 2155 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage to trees, barns and sheds
EF0 SE of Mosinee Marathon 0200 0.1 mile
(160 m)
Brief spin-up tornado with no damage.
Illinois
EF0 WNW of Murphysboro Jackson 37°50′N 89°17′W / 37.84°N 89.29°W / 37.84; -89.29 2335 0.2 mile
(320 m)
Brief touchdown confirmed by videotape with no damage.
North Dakota
EF0 NW of Hamilton Pembina 48°29′N 97°19′W / 48.49°N 97.31°W / 48.49; -97.31 0019 unknown Brief tornado near the Canadian border with no damage.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 25, 2008, NWS Des Moines, NWS Paducah, NWS Twin Cities, NWS Quad Cities, Storm Data - NWS Amarillo, CTV Winnipeg

May 26 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Monday, May 26, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Kansas
EF0 S of Wellsford Kiowa 37°33′N 99°01′W / 37.55°N 99.02°W / 37.55; -99.02 2304 unknown Storm chaser reported a brief tornado with a full funnel that only lasted a couple seconds.
EF1 NE of Macksville Stafford 2308 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Damage to trees and irrigation sprinkler
EF0 S of Pratt Pratt 37°37′N 98°44′W / 37.62°N 98.74°W / 37.62; -98.74 0005 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado reported by a trained spotter with no damage
EF1 E of Pratt Pratt 37°39′N 98°40′W / 37.65°N 98.66°W / 37.65; -98.66 0009 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Damage to trees and power poles
Texas
EF0 SE of Baldridge Pecos 30°53′N 102°35′W / 30.89°N 102.58°W / 30.89; -102.58 2307 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Tornado reported at mile marker 278 on Interstate 10
EF0 NE of Wellington Collingsworth 2326 unknown Small tornado over open country
EF0 NW of Dodson Collingsworth 2343 unknown Small tornado over open country
Ontario
F0 Windy Lake Provincial Park Greater Sudbury 2040 unknown Photographed tornado over the lake, no damage reported
F0 E of Redbridge Nipissing District 2230 unknown Tree damage near Reynolds Lake.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 26, 2008, Ontario Weather Review - May 2008

May 27 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Tuesday, May 27, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Illinois
EF0 SE of Olney Richland 38°40′N 88°02′W / 38.67°N 88.04°W / 38.67; -88.04 1740 unknown Brief touchdown of a landspout, no damage
Indiana
EF0 E of Graham Daviess 38°43′N 87°10′W / 38.72°N 87.17°W / 38.72; -87.17 1912 unknown Brief touchdown, no damage
Texas
EF0 N of Friendship Dawson 32°41′N 102°01′W / 32.68°N 102.02°W / 32.68; -102.02 0002 unknown No damage
EF0 NW of Patricia Dawson 0045 1 mile
(1.6 km)
No damage
EF0 SW of Friendship Dawson 32°35′N 102°10′W / 32.59°N 102.16°W / 32.59; -102.16 0100 unknown No damage
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 27, 2008

May 28 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Wednesday, May 28, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Wyoming
EF0 Dubois area Fremont 43°32′N 109°38′W / 43.54°N 109.64°W / 43.54; -109.64 2108 unknown Brief touchdown, damage to a restroom facility roof and a sign post. One person was injured.
New Mexico
EF0 N of Sunset Lincoln 2245 unknown Brief touchdown, no known damage
EF0 N of Tecolotitio San Miguel 2345 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief touchdown, no known damage
EF0 N of Tucumcari San Miguel 35°18′N 103°44′W / 35.30°N 103.73°W / 35.30; -103.73 0227 unknown Brief touchdown, no known damage
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 28, 2008, NWS Riverton

May 29 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Thursday, May 29, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Wyoming
EF0 NE of Thermopolis Hot Springs 43°45′N 108°04′W / 43.75°N 108.07°W / 43.75; -108.07 1834 unknown Tornado over open country with no damage
EF0 SE of Buffalo Johnson 44°14′N 106°20′W / 44.23°N 106.34°W / 44.23; -106.34 2125 unknown Tornado reported at mile marker 76 of Interstate 90
Kansas
EF0 E of Hoxie Sheridan 39°22′N 100°21′W / 39.36°N 100.35°W / 39.36; -100.35 2140 4 miles
(6.4 km)
No damage reported
EF0 S of Hoxie Sheridan 39°13′N 100°26′W / 39.22°N 100.44°W / 39.22; -100.44 2245 1 mile
(1.6 km)
No known damage
EF1 S of Palco Rooks 39°15′N 99°36′W / 39.25°N 99.60°W / 39.25; -99.60 2302 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Damage to farms, outbuildings, garage and trees. A frame metal building was destroyed
EF1 Woodston area Rooks 39°27′N 99°06′W / 39.45°N 99.10°W / 39.45; -99.10 2336 unknown One house and a brick building damaged, trees and power lines down
EF0 NW of Zurich Rooks 39°15′N 99°20′W / 39.25°N 99.33°W / 39.25; -99.33 0005 unknown Damage to a few power poles
EF0 E of Zurich Rooks 0009 unknown Damage to a few power poles
EF1 S of Downs to N of Tipton Osborne, Mitchell 39°26′N 98°33′W / 39.43°N 98.55°W / 39.43; -98.55 0116 16 miles
(25.6 km)
Damage to trees and power poles
EF3 Jewell area Mitchell, Jewell 39°38′N 98°09′W / 39.63°N 98.15°W / 39.63; -98.15 0130 18 miles
(29 km)
Major damage reported to the south side of Jewell with many houses and businesses destroyed as well as the town's water tower. Several farms were also destroyed.
EF0 SW of Randall Mitchell, Jewell 0158 10 miles
(16 km)
Tornado over open country
EF3 Courtland area Jewell, Republic, Thayer (NE), Jefferson (NE) 39°43′N 97°53′W / 39.72°N 97.89°W / 39.72; -97.89 0234 54 miles
(86.4 km)
Reported by Doppler on Wheels and a trained spotter. Large wedge tornado reported; 6 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. Numerous grain bins were also destroyed. Damage was also reported around Hubbell, Nebraska.
Nebraska
EF0 E of Stockville Frontier 2050 unknown Brief tornado
EF0 W of Elwood Gosper 2110 6 miles
(9.6 km)
Brief tornado
EF0 NE of Smithfield to NE of Westmark Gosper, Phelps 2132 21 miles
(33.6 km)
Weak tornado over open country
EF2 Kearney area (1st tornado) Phelps, Kearney, Buffalo 40°40′N 99°16′W / 40.66°N 99.26°W / 40.66; -99.26 2216 14 miles
(23 km)
Damaged mostly outbuildings and silos.
EF1 Kearney area (2nd tornado) Buffalo 2220 26 miles
(41.6 km)
Intermittent touchdown with trees down and some houses damaged. A coal train was blown over and several grain bins were thrown.
EF2 Kearney area (3rd tornado) Buffalo, Hall 40°42′N 99°07′W / 40.70°N 99.12°W / 40.70; -99.12 2226 30 miles
(48 km)
Significant damage reported in the community, including many trees and power lines downed. A hangar was destroyed at the Kearney Regional Airport and damage was also reported at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.
EF0 W of Grand Island Hamilton 2352 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Power lines and trees down
EF2 S of Aurora Hamilton 40°52′N 98°04′W / 40.87°N 98.06°W / 40.87; -98.06 0002 9 miles
(14.4 km)
Damage to two gas stations and semis were blown off Interstate 80. 5 people were injured. Tornado was about 1/2 mile wide
EF0 E of Thayer York 0044 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage to trees and irrigation systems
EF1 E of Winslow Washington 41°37′N 96°26′W / 41.61°N 96.43°W / 41.61; -96.43 0055 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Narrow tornado path with significant damage to several outbuildings and a machine shed.
EF0 E of Beaver Crossing Seward 40°47′N 97°13′W / 40.78°N 97.22°W / 40.78; -97.22 0100 unknown Brief touchdown
EF1 E of Herman Washington 41°40′N 96°08′W / 41.67°N 96.14°W / 41.67; -96.14 0115 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Central pivot overturned, power poles snapped
South Dakota
EF0 E of Kingsburg Bon Homme 42°54′N 97°51′W / 42.90°N 97.85°W / 42.90; -97.85 2313 unknown Brief tornado
EF0 W of Talmo Yankton 43°01′N 97°14′W / 43.02°N 97.23°W / 43.02; -97.23 0005 unknown Brief tornado
EF1 NW of Wakonda Clay 43°02′N 97°09′W / 43.03°N 97.15°W / 43.03; -97.15 0010 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Damage to trees reported.
EF1 NE of Wakonda Clay 43°04′N 97°05′W / 43.06°N 97.08°W / 43.06; -97.08 0017 2 miles
(3.2 km)
Damage reported on a farm where a barn was destroyed and outbuildings damaged. Trees and power lines also damaged
Iowa
EF1 SW of Moorhead Monona 41°53′N 95°53′W / 41.89°N 95.89°W / 41.89; -95.89 0100 3.5 miles
(5.6 km)
One house suffered minor damage, and numerous outbuildings were damaged.
EF0 SW of Dow City Crawford 41°55′N 95°31′W / 41.92°N 95.51°W / 41.92; -95.51 0137 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Damage to one house
EF1 E of Denison Crawford 42°01′N 95°21′W / 42.02°N 95.35°W / 42.02; -95.35 0146 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Damage to the roof of a farm house, numerous trees down. Hog confinement leveled
EF1 SE of Templeton Carroll 41°55′N 94°55′W / 41.91°N 94.91°W / 41.91; -94.91 0210 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Damage to three farmsteads including a machine shed destroyed and outbuildings damaged
EF1 N of Somers Calhoun 42°23′N 94°26′W / 42.39°N 94.43°W / 42.39; -94.43 0223 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Damage reported on four farms, including to trees, outbuildings and houses.
EF0 Farnhamville Calhoun 42°17′N 94°25′W / 42.28°N 94.42°W / 42.28; -94.42 0225 2 miles
(3.2 km)
A roof was torn off a house, and other damage to houses and garages was reported.
EF0 SW of Gardiner Dallas 41°46′N 94°04′W / 41.76°N 94.07°W / 41.76; -94.07 0406 unknown Brief tornado touchdown.
EF1 NW of Adel Dallas 41°37′N 94°02′W / 41.62°N 94.04°W / 41.62; -94.04 0550 4 miles
(6.4 km)
Several farm outbuildings were damaged or destroyed.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 29, 2008, NWS Hastings #1, NWS Hastings #2, NWS Sioux Falls, NWS Omaha #1, NWS Omaha #2, NWS Topeka

May 30 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Friday, May 30, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
Iowa
EF1 NE of Murray Clarke 0913 9.1 miles
(15 km)
Damage primarily to outbuildings.
EF1 N of Chariton area Warren, Lucas, Marion 41°11′N 93°23′W / 41.19°N 93.38°W / 41.19; -93.38 0951 7.8 miles
(12 km)
Damage reported to farm buildings, trees and power lines.
EF2 SW of Oskaloosa Marion, Mahaska 1007 18 miles
(29 km)
Two mobile homes were destroyed, and numerous other houses were heavily damaged. 10 people were injured.
Indiana
EF1 S of Wabash Wabash 40°47′N 85°50′W / 40.78°N 85.83°W / 40.78; -85.83 2215 0.2 mile
(320 m)
Two barns were heavily damaged and several power poles were snapped off
EF0 SW of Dora Wabash 2222 unknown Minor damage to a wood barn and trees
EF0 NE of Pyrmont Carroll 40°29′N 86°40′W / 40.48°N 86.67°W / 40.48; -86.67 2330 unknown Damage to trees
EF2 SE of Lawrence Marion 39°50′N 86°05′W / 39.83°N 86.08°W / 39.83; -86.08 0227 2.5 miles
(4 km)
Tornado embedded in straight-line wind damage. Extensive damage reported to houses and several apartment complexes, and a roof was blown off a school. 14 people were injured.[5]
EF1 SE of Fortville Hancock 0235 4.5 miles
(7.2 km)
Width of 200 yards
EF0 SW of Scott Adams, Van Wert (OH) 40°58′N 84°37′W / 40.97°N 84.61°W / 40.97; -84.61 0400 unknown A barn was flattened and several grain bins were thrown. A garage was also damaged.
Missouri
EF1 N of Ewing Lewis 2210 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Two houses suffered minor damage. A machine shed was destroyed and another shed and a grain bin were heavily damaged.
EF0 Center area Ralls 39°30′N 91°32′W / 39.50°N 91.53°W / 39.50; -91.53 2215 3 miles
(4.8 km)
Damage to trees, power lines and several houses near Mark Twain High School.
Illinois
EF1 SW of Summer Hill Pike 39°32′N 90°56′W / 39.54°N 90.94°W / 39.54; -90.94 2125 1 mile
(1.6 km)
A large machine shed was destroyed and some trees were knocked down.
EF0 SE of Pittsfield Pike 2315 4 mile
(6.4 km)
Damage limited to trees
EF1 Waverly area Morgan, Sangamon 39°35′N 89°57′W / 39.59°N 89.95°W / 39.59; -89.95 0017 5.6 miles
(9 km)
Several houses were damaged, and numerous sheds, barns and outbuildings were destroyed. Many trees and power lines were knocked down.
EF0 S of Taylorville Christian 39°31′N 89°16′W / 39.51°N 89.26°W / 39.51; -89.26 0120 unknown Brief touchdown in a field
EF0 NE of Westervelt Shelby 39°30′N 88°50′W / 39.50°N 88.83°W / 39.50; -88.83 0133 1 mile
(1.6 km)
Brief touchdown
Ohio
EF1 NW of Glandorf Putnam 41°03′N 84°07′W / 41.05°N 84.11°W / 41.05; -84.11 0428 3 miles
(4.8 km)
A half dozen homes were damaged with victims trapped inside but rescued. A barn was also destroyed and extensive tree damage reported. Six outbuildings in total were destroyed.
EF2 Arcadia/Fostoria area Hancock, Seneca 40°53′N 83°39′W / 40.89°N 83.65°W / 40.89; -83.65 0529 8 miles
(13 km)
Significant damage reported in the two counties. 10 homes badly damaged near Arcadia and 30 homes damaged in Fostoria.
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 30, 2008, NWS Indianapolis, NWS Central Illinois, NWS Cleveland, NWS St. Louis

May 31 event[edit]

List of reported tornadoes - Saturday, May 31, 2008
EF#
Location
County
Coord.
Time (UTC)
Path length
Damage
West Virginia
EF0 NNE of Terra Alta Preston 1230 0.5 miles
(800 m)
Brief touchdown, many trees were snapped or toppled, two homes sustained minor damage. One person was injured.
Virginia
EF0 Etna Mills King William 37°46′N 77°16′W / 37.77°N 77.27°W / 37.77; -77.27 2052 unknown Structural damage to a few homes including shingles and windows. An empty silo was blown over.
Oklahoma
EF0 N of Pawhuska Osage 36°40′N 96°20′W / 36.67°N 96.34°W / 36.67; -96.34 0007 unknown Brief touchdown over open country
Sources: SPC Storm Reports for May 31, 2008, NWS Pittsburgh NWS Wakefield

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