Tornado outbreak sequence of May 22–26, 2016

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Tornado outbreak sequence of May 22–26, 2016
2016EF4ChapmanKSTornado.jpg
Large EF4 tornado near Chapman, Kansas
TypeTornado outbreak (sequence)
DurationMay 22, 2016 (2016-05-22) – May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)
Tornadoes confirmed98
Max. rating1EF4 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak24 days, 3 hours, 19 minutes
Highest winds
  • 200 mph (320 km/h) – Chapman, Kansas
Casualties0 fatalities; ≥11 injuries
Areas affectedHigh Plains, parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale
2Time from first tornado to last tornado
Part of the Tornado outbreaks of 2016

The tornado outbreak sequence of May 22–26, 2016 was an extended period of significant tornado activity that affected the Central United States in late May 2016. This outbreak sequence came less than two weeks after another damaging tornado outbreak that affected similar areas.

Meteorological synopsis[edit]

Photomontage of a tornado forming during the outbreak

During the week of May 22–27, a southwards dip in the jet stream occurred in the West near Colorado, with favorable thermodynamics advecting northwards and setting the potential for a tornado outbreak. In the early afternoon of May 22, an Enhanced risk was issued by the Storm Prediction Center for extreme southwestern Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and northern Texas.[1] Numerous tornadoes touched down along the dryline that evening, with the strongest tornadoes touching down in Texas. This included a large, rain-wrapped EF3 tornado that destroyed homes and vehicles near Big Spring. Another EF3 destroyed oil pump jacks near Garden City, while two EF2 tornadoes in the same general area snapped numerous trees and power poles and destroyed, damaged additional pump jacks, and destroyed a mobile home.[2] Less widespread tornado activity occurred on May 23, with mainly scattered weak tornadoes occurring across central and southern Plains. However, a large nighttime wedge tornado caused EF3 damage to metal pylon power poles near Turkey, Texas that night.[3][4]

A significant outbreak of strong tornadoes affected Kansas on May 24. A single cyclic supercell produced about a dozen highly-visible tornadoes near Dodge City, with several reports of multiple tornadoes on the ground simultaneously. A total of five EF3 tornadoes and three EF2 tornadoes were confirmed in western Kansas that evening, affecting rural areas near Dodge City, Jetmore, Ness City, Lewis, and Kinsley. These tornadoes caused extensive damage to trees, power poles, vehicles, farm machinery, and a few homes. Scattered weak tornadoes were also observed across other parts of Kansas and other states as well.[5] Less significant activity was expected on May 25, and only a few tornadoes occurred, though this included a half-mile wide EF4 wedge tornado that tracked from near Solomon to east of Chapman, Kansas. This violent tornado obliterated farm homes, debarked trees, bent railroad tracks, and mangled farm machinery and vehicles beyond recognition, though only eight minor injuries occurred along the path.[6][7] Another significant outbreak of tornadoes occurred was expected to occur across Kansas on May 26, and a Moderate Risk with a 15% hatched risk area for tornadoes was issued by the Storm Prediction center. Despite this, early initiation of storms combined with an unfavorable wind profile prevented a significant outbreak from occurring. However, a high-end EF1 tornado caused considerable damage in Bryan, Texas, while an EF1 and an EF2 occurred simultaneously near Navasota, resulting in heavy damage. Despite producing numerous strong to violent tornadoes, this outbreak sequence only affected rural areas, resulting in no fatalities and few injuries. A total of 98 tornadoes were confirmed as a result of the outbreak sequence.[8]

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EFU EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
4 52 24 9 8 1 0 98
  • Note: Four tornadoes were confirmed, but a lack of damage indicators prevented a rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

May 22 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Sunday, May 22, 2016[note 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[note 2] Summary Refs
EF0 NW of Howardwick Donley TX 35°03′42″N 100°56′30″W / 35.0616°N 100.9416°W / 35.0616; -100.9416 (Howardwick (May 22, EF2)) 2230–2231 0.36 mi (0.58 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Small tree limbs were broken by this brief tornado. [9]
EF1 NW of Howardwick Donley TX 35°03′43″N 100°57′08″W / 35.062°N 100.9521°W / 35.062; -100.9521 (Howardwick (May 22, EF2)) 2239–2248 1.05 mi (1.69 km) 75 yd (69 m) $0 Trees were snapped or uprooted and a power pole was broken at its rotten base by this large cone tornado. [10]
EF3 SSW of Knott to WNW of Elbow Howard TX 32°15′00″N 101°38′28″W / 32.25°N 101.6411°W / 32.25; -101.6411 (Big Spring (May 22, EF3)) 2313–0000 4.01 mi (6.45 km) 500 yd (460 m) $75,000 This large rain-wrapped tornado occurred to the west of Big Spring. A well-constructed home had its roof completely destroyed and multiple exterior walls collapsed, and two other homes had large sections of their roofs removed. An oil pumpjack was overturned, a car was thrown 100 yards (91 m), and another car was moved several feet. Two poles were bent, wooden power poles were snapped, and a small barn suffered major loss of roof panels. Trees were damaged along the path as well, with trees partially debarked, trunks snapped, and trees uprooted. [11]
EF0 WNW of Artas Campbell SD 45°55′40″N 99°56′40″W / 45.9277°N 99.9445°W / 45.9277; -99.9445 (Artas (May 22, EF0)) 2330–2335 0.28 mi (0.45 km) 30 yd (27 m) $0 A brief landspout tornado touched down in an open field, causing no damage. [12]
EF0 SE of Waka Ochiltree TX 36°07′34″N 100°58′42″W / 36.1261°N 100.9783°W / 36.1261; -100.9783 (Waka (May 22, EF0)) 2344–2351 2.5 mi (4.0 km) 75 yd (69 m) Unknown A pivot irrigation system was damaged. [13]
EF2 S of Lakeview to W of Estelline Hall TX 34°40′N 100°42′W / 34.66°N 100.7°W / 34.66; -100.7 (Lakeview (May 22, EF2)) 2344–2359 6.59 mi (10.61 km) 600 yd (550 m) $150,000 This large but intermittent multiple-vortex tornado passed near the rural community of Plaska, snapping numerous trees and power poles. Several pivot irrigation systems were flipped as well. [14]
EF0 E of Stanton Howard TX 32°09′26″N 101°33′31″W / 32.1571°N 101.5585°W / 32.1571; -101.5585 (Lomax (May 22, EF0)) 2351–2359 1.52 mi (2.45 km) 100 yd (91 m) $0 An anticyclonic tornado associated with the Big Spring EF3 tornado remained over open fields, causing no damage. [15]
EF1 SSE of Farnsworth Ochiltree TX 36°08′02″N 100°55′34″W / 36.134°N 100.926°W / 36.134; -100.926 (Farnsworth (May 22, EF1)) 2357–0005 1.5 mi (2.4 km) 500 yd (460 m) Unknown A barn was destroyed, and power lines and two large sections of pivot irrigation were damaged by this large multiple-vortex wedge tornado. [16]
EF1 SSE of Farnsworth Ochiltree TX 36°09′13″N 100°54′08″W / 36.1536°N 100.9021°W / 36.1536; -100.9021 (Farnsworth (May 22, EF1)) 0004–0007 1.5 mi (2.4 km) 400 yd (370 m) Unknown Trees were snapped, power lines were damaged, and pivot irrigation systems were flipped. [17]
EF1 N of Deerfield Kearny KS 38°03′46″N 101°08′05″W / 38.0628°N 101.1347°W / 38.0628; -101.1347 (Deerfield (May 22, EF1)) 0012–0021 2.82 mi (4.54 km) 75 yd (69 m) $0 Tornado moved along an unusual northwesterly path, producing little damage. [18]
EF1 S of Perryton Ochiltree TX 36°08′48″N 100°51′49″W / 36.1468°N 100.8636°W / 36.1468; -100.8636 (Perryton (May 22, EF1)) 0015–0020 2.4 mi (3.9 km) 75 yd (69 m) Unknown Tree limbs were snapped, a power pole was damaged, and debris was scattered in a field. [19]
EF0 S of Elbow Howard TX 32°06′27″N 101°28′48″W / 32.1076°N 101.48°W / 32.1076; -101.48 (Lees (May 22, EF0)) 0017–0028 2.29 mi (3.69 km) 100 yd (91 m) $0 Tornado remained over open country, causing no damage. [20]
EF2 NW of Sparks Todd SD 43°01′48″N 100°25′39″W / 43.0301°N 100.4275°W / 43.0301; -100.4275 (Littleburg (May 22, EF2)) 0025–0035 4.64 mi (7.47 km) 100 yd (91 m) $10,000 Eight to ten power poles were snapped and several large trees were heavily damaged. [21]
EF0 NNW of Wolf Kearny KS 38°08′18″N 101°10′42″W / 38.1383°N 101.1782°W / 38.1383; -101.1782 (Lake McKinney (May 22, EF0)) 0029–0037 4.8 mi (7.7 km) 75 yd (69 m) $0 Tornado formed after the previous Kearny County tornado dissipated, producing no damage as it moved along a northwesterly path over open fields. [22]
EF1 SW of Winner Tripp SD 43°15′55″N 100°02′42″W / 43.2654°N 100.0451°W / 43.2654; -100.0451 (Winner (May 22, EF1)) 0035–0037 0.68 mi (1.09 km) 20 yd (18 m) $25,000 A house sustained roof and siding damage, a pole shed was destroyed, several livestock trailers were blown several yards, and a few trees were downed. [23]
EF0 SW of Elbow Glasscock TX 32°04′48″N 101°33′55″W / 32.08°N 101.5654°W / 32.08; -101.5654 (Lomax (May 22, EF0)) 0038–0040 0.49 mi (0.79 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A brief tornado touched down over open country, causing no damage. [24]
EFU NW of Canadian Ochiltree TX 36°06′N 100°48′W / 36.1°N 100.8°W / 36.1; -100.8 (Canadian (May 22, EFU)) 0049–0051 0.25 mi (0.40 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A rain-wrapped cone tornado remained over open grassland, causing no damage. [25]
EF2 N of Garden City Glasscock TX 32°02′21″N 101°31′42″W / 32.0391°N 101.5283°W / 32.0391; -101.5283 (Lees (May 22, EF2)) 0055–0107 3.05 mi (4.91 km) 200 yd (180 m) $15,000 14 power poles were snapped about 5 feet (1.5 m) above the ground, and a metal building sustained loss of roof panels. [26]
EF1 W of Friend to WSW of Shallow Water Kearny, Wichita, Scott KS 38°15′40″N 101°11′12″W / 38.2611°N 101.1868°W / 38.2611; -101.1868 (Lake McKinney (May 22, EF1)) 0110–0144 6.78 mi (10.91 km) 900 yd (820 m) $0 Large wedge tornado moved along an erratic path through open fields, causing little damage. The tornado was likely capable of producing EF3 or stronger damage based on video evidence. [27][28]
[29]
EF3 N of Garden City Glasscock TX 31°55′25″N 101°31′34″W / 31.9235°N 101.5261°W / 31.9235; -101.5261 (Garden City (May 22, EF3)) 0142–0154 3.71 mi (5.97 km) 200 yd (180 m) $45,000 A large 640 model oil pumpjack was overturned, indicative of EF3 strength winds. Tree branches were broken along other sections of the path. [30]
EF0 NW of Canadian Ochiltree TX 36°04′N 100°33′W / 36.07°N 100.55°W / 36.07; -100.55 (Canadian (May 22, EF0)) 0145–0146 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A tornado moved over open grassland, producing no observable damage. [31]
EF2 NW of Garden City Glasscock TX 31°53′32″N 101°29′53″W / 31.8922°N 101.4981°W / 31.8922; -101.4981 (Garden City (May 22, EF2)) 0156–0202 1.9 mi (3.1 km) 150 yd (140 m) $107,000 A single-wide mobile home was rolled and destroyed, another mobile home sustained roof damage, and an oil pumpjack was overturned. A metal barn had its roof purlins buckled and trees had their trunks snapped as well. [32]
EF1 SW of Shallow Water Scott KS 38°17′01″N 101°01′18″W / 38.2837°N 101.0218°W / 38.2837; -101.0218 (Shallow Water (May 22, EF1)) 0200–0220 6.4 mi (10.3 km) 100 yd (91 m) $0 A pivot irrigation sprinkler was damaged by the tornado. [33]
EF0 SSW of Garden City Glasscock TX 31°51′32″N 101°29′36″W / 31.859°N 101.4934°W / 31.859; -101.4934 (Garden City (May 22, EF0)) 0202–0208 1.4 mi (2.3 km) 100 yd (91 m) $0 Short-lived tornado remained over open country, causing no damage. [34]
EF0 N of Ypsilanti Stutsman ND 46°51′07″N 98°32′31″W / 46.852°N 98.5419°W / 46.852; -98.5419 (Ypsilanti (May 22, EF0)) 0210–0212 1.05 mi (1.69 km) 20 yd (18 m) $0 Brief tornado remained over open fields, causing no damage. [35]

May 23 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Monday, May 23, 2016[note 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[note 2] Summary Refs
EF0 N of Juniata Adams NE 40°38′18″N 98°29′17″W / 40.6384°N 98.4881°W / 40.6384; -98.4881 (Juniata (May 23, EF0)) 1937–1940 0.09 mi (0.14 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Brief landspout tornado in an open field caused no damage. [36]
EF0 N of Granville Sioux IA 43°01′N 95°52′W / 43.01°N 95.87°W / 43.01; -95.87 (Granville (May 23, EF0)) 2141–2142 0.05 mi (0.080 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 A brief landspout tornado caused no damage. [37]
EF0 NNW of Woodward Woodward OK 36°30′24″N 99°24′43″W / 36.5066°N 99.4119°W / 36.5066; -99.4119 (Woodward (May 23, EF0)) 0125–0141 2.7 mi (4.3 km) 400 yd (370 m) $10,000 Large but weak tornado moved slowly along a meandering intermittent path, damaging two outbuildings. The University of Massachusetts X-Pol Doppler radar measured EF0 strength winds within the tornado. [38]
EFU SSE of Selman Harper OK 36°37′01″N 99°25′48″W / 36.617°N 99.43°W / 36.617; -99.43 (Selman (May 23, EFU)) 0224–0234 2 mi (3.2 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Tornado remained over open country and caused no damage. The University of Massachusetts X-Pol Doppler radar measured EF0 strength winds within the tornado. [39]
EF3 ESE of Turkey Motley, Hall TX 34°18′24″N 100°42′51″W / 34.3068°N 100.7142°W / 34.3068; -100.7142 (Turkey (May 23, EF3)) 0230–0306 9.99 mi (16.08 km) 880 yd (800 m) $150,000 A large wedge tornado bent several steel pylon electrical poles to the ground. Trees were also uprooted along the path. [40][41]

May 24 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Tuesday, May 24, 2016[note 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[note 2] Summary Refs
EF1 NW of Republic Marquette MI 46°26′42″N 88°06′38″W / 46.445°N 88.1106°W / 46.445; -88.1106 (Republic (May 24, EF1)) 1821–1833 3.78 mi (6.08 km) 200 yd (180 m) $10,000 Numerous large trees were downed. [42]
EF1 S of Greenwood Reservoir Marquette MI 46°25′49″N 87°50′13″W / 46.4303°N 87.8369°W / 46.4303; -87.8369 (Greenwood Reservoir (May 24, EF1)) 1854–1902 3.87 mi (6.23 km) 200 yd (180 m) $50,000 Numerous large trees were downed, some of which fell on a cabin, and the cabin also suffered chimney damage. A trampoline was damaged and lawn furniture was tossed as well. [43]
EF0 SSE of Modoc Scott KS 38°25′27″N 101°03′15″W / 38.4241°N 101.0543°W / 38.4241; -101.0543 (Modoc (May 24, EF0)) 2056–2100 1 mi (1.6 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A storm chaser reported and photographed what appeared to be a landspout. [44]
EF0 E of Modoc Scott KS 38°27′04″N 101°00′42″W / 38.451°N 101.0116°W / 38.451; -101.0116 (Scott City (May 24, EF0)) 2104–2122 4.17 mi (6.71 km) 200 yd (180 m) $0 Several storm chasers videotaped and photographed a tornado which did not hit anything. [45]
EF0 N of Manning Scott KS 38°36′10″N 101°43′57″W / 38.6029°N 101.7326°W / 38.6029; -101.7326 (Manning (May 24, EF0)) 2155 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Brief tornado was reported by an off-duty NWS employee. [46]
EF0 N of Manning Scott KS 38°36′24″N 101°43′20″W / 38.6067°N 101.7222°W / 38.6067; -101.7222 (Manning (May 24, EF0)) 2155–2211 0.7 mi (1.1 km) 100 yd (91 m) $0 Tornado was reported and documented by an off-duty NWS employee. [47]
EF0 ENE of Healy Lane KS 38°36′16″N 101°35′24″W / 38.6044°N 101.5899°W / 38.6044; -101.5899 (Healy (May 24, EF0)) 2213–2216 1.2 mi (1.9 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Tornado caused little to no damage. [48]
EF0 ESE of Healy Lane KS 38°34′38″N 100°31′52″W / 38.5773°N 100.5311°W / 38.5773; -100.5311 (Healy (May 24, EF0)) 2224–2231 0.8 mi (1.3 km) 125 yd (114 m) $0 Tornado was reported by an off-duty NWS employee. [49]
EF0 NE of Healy Lane KS 38°37′48″N 101°32′56″W / 38.6301°N 101.5489°W / 38.6301; -101.5489 (Healy (May 24, EF0)) 2226–2228 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 15 yd (14 m) $0 Brief tornado was reported by a storm chaser. [50]
EF1 E of Shamrock to NE of Bristow Creek OK 35°54′31″N 96°29′01″W / 35.9085°N 96.4836°W / 35.9085; -96.4836 (Bristow (May 24, EF1)) 2228–2243 8 mi (13 km) 900 yd (820 m) $750,000 Multiple homes were damaged, some severely, numerous outbuildings were destroyed, and many trees were either snapped or uprooted. [51]
EF0 ENE of Shields Lane KS 38°38′08″N 101°19′11″W / 38.6356°N 101.3196°W / 38.6356; -101.3196 (Shields (May 24, EF0)) 2249–2250 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 15 yd (14 m) $0 Brief tornado was reported by a storm chaser. [52]
EF3 NW of Minneola to NNE of Ensign Ford KS 37°30′11″N 100°08′08″W / 37.5031°N 100.1355°W / 37.5031; -100.1355 (Minneola (May 24, EF3)) 2255–2325 14.7 mi (23.7 km) 675 yd (617 m) $0 Large cone tornado completely swept away a manufactured home, with nearby vehicles being thrown up to 150 yards away and mangled. Wooden power poles were snapped off and carried long distances through the air, and irrigation pivots were destroyed. One person taking shelter inside a bunker was injured when a piece of pipe penetrated the concrete wall. Video evidence suggests that this tornado may have been capable of producing EF4 damage. [53]
EF0 NW of Minneola Ford KS 37°32′03″N 100°05′35″W / 37.5342°N 100.0931°W / 37.5342; -100.0931 (Minneola (May 24, EF0)) 2259–2301 0.7 mi (1.1 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Brief and intermittent tornado under a different mesocyclone east-northeast of the previous tornado. [54]
EF0 SSW of Alamota Lane KS 38°18′19″N 101°20′45″W / 38.3054°N 101.3457°W / 38.3054; -101.3457 (Alamota (May 24, EF0)) 2259–2302 0.8 mi (1.3 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Brief tornado caused little to no damage. [55]
EF0 SW of Alamota to SE of Beeler Lane KS 38°25′07″N 100°16′18″W / 38.4185°N 100.2717°W / 38.4185; -100.2717 (Alamota (May 24, EF0)) 2304–2310 1.7 mi (2.7 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Tornado tracked to the south-southeast and caused no known damage. [56]
EF3 ENE of Ravanna to SW of Ness City Hodgeman, Ness KS 38°14′13″N 100°09′59″W / 38.237°N 100.1663°W / 38.237; -100.1663 (Ness City (May 24, EF3)) 2312–2337 11.02 mi (17.73 km) 300 yd (270 m) $0 This strong tornado partially debarked hardwood trees, damaged farm machinery, fences, and storage tanks, and destroyed barns and outbuildings along its path. [57][58]
EF1 ESE of Ensign Ford KS 37°37′06″N 100°05′28″W / 37.6182°N 100.091°W / 37.6182; -100.091 (Ensign (May 24, EF1)) 2314–2322 1.4 mi (2.3 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Large tree branches were broken and a stock tank was blown away. Tornado touched down to the east of the Minneola EF3 tornado. [59]
EF0 ESE of Ensign Ford KS 37°37′41″N 100°06′53″W / 37.6281°N 100.1146°W / 37.6281; -100.1146 (Ensign (May 24, EF0)) 2320–2321 0.2 mi (0.32 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Brief cone tornado touched down between the Minneola EF3 tornado and the previous tornado and lasted 45 to 60 seconds. [60]
EF2 W of Ensign to SW of Dodge City Ford KS 37°38′46″N 100°05′56″W / 37.646°N 100.0988°W / 37.646; -100.0988 (Ensign (May 24, EF2)) 2322–2336 5 mi (8.0 km) 550 yd (500 m) $0 Large cone tornado. Power poles were snapped, a pivot sprinkler was flipped, and two more were damaged. A residence had its roof lifted off as well. The tornado appeared visually to be much stronger than an EF2. [61]
EF0 SSW of Dodge City Ford KS 37°39′36″N 100°04′54″W / 37.6601°N 100.0816°W / 37.6601; -100.0816 (Dodge City (May 24, EF0)) 2328–2333 2.7 mi (4.3 km) 90 yd (82 m) $0 Intermittent tornado touchdowns, sometimes with two at the same time, to the east of the previous tornado. [62]
EF1 SW of Dodge City Ford KS 37°42′01″N 100°05′08″W / 37.7003°N 100.0855°W / 37.7003; -100.0855 (Dodge City (May 24, EF1)) 2332–2338 2.9 mi (4.7 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Tornado touched down to the northeast of the Ensign EF2 tornado as it was dissipating and damaged two irrigation pivots. [63]
EF1 SW of Ness City Ness KS 38°20′17″N 100°02′28″W / 38.338°N 100.0412°W / 38.338; -100.0412 (Ness City (May 24, EF1)) 2343–2350 2.9 mi (4.7 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Tornado touched down to the north of the Ness City EF3 tornado after it lifted and broke some large tree branches. [64]
EF0 Akron Washington CO 40°10′N 103°13′W / 40.16°N 103.21°W / 40.16; -103.21 (Akron (May 24, EF0)) 2344 0.01 mi (0.016 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A trained storm spotter reported a brief tornado. [65]
EFU ENE of Pringle Hutchinson TX 36°02′N 101°13′W / 36.04°N 101.22°W / 36.04; -101.22 (Pringle (May 24, EFU)) 2344–2346 0.36 mi (0.58 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 An off-duty NWS employee reported an anticyclonic tornado. [66]
EF0 SE of Shamrock Adams CO 39°50′N 103°43′W / 39.83°N 103.71°W / 39.83; -103.71 (Shamrock (May 24, EF0)) 2348 0.01 mi (0.016 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A trained storm spotter reported a brief tornado. [67]
EF2 SW of Dodge City to SE of Kalvesta Ford, Hodgeman KS 37°42′00″N 100°05′37″W / 37.6999°N 100.0935°W / 37.6999; -100.0935 (Dodge City (May 24, EF2)) 2352–0016 16.7 mi (26.9 km) 1,800 yd (1,600 m) $0 This large multiple-vortex tornado snapped power poles, flipped a semi-truck, heavily damaged multiple homes, and destroyed pivot sprinklers and outbuildings. Two people were injured. [68][69]
EF0 NW of Dodge City Ford KS 37°47′32″N 100°04′10″W / 37.7922°N 100.0695°W / 37.7922; -100.0695 (Dodge City (May 24, EF0)) 2355–2356 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Storm chasers encountered a brief tornado. [70]
EF0 S of Ness City Ness KS 38°24′21″N 99°57′17″W / 38.4058°N 99.9547°W / 38.4058; -99.9547 (Ness City (May 24, EF0)) 2356–0011 6.2 mi (10.0 km) 150 yd (140 m) $0 Trained storm spotters observed a tornado. [71]
EF0 NW of Jetmore Hodgeman KS 38°09′54″N 100°02′22″W / 38.1651°N 100.0395°W / 38.1651; -100.0395 (Jetmore (May 24, EF0)) 0003–0005 0.6 mi (0.97 km) 150 yd (140 m) $0 Storm chasers reported a tornado. [72]
EF3 N of Dodge City Ford KS 37°51′41″N 100°02′59″W / 37.8614°N 100.0497°W / 37.8614; -100.0497 (Dodge City (May 24, EF3)) 0007–0017 1.9 mi (3.1 km) 150 yd (140 m) $0 This large cone tornado caused extensive damage at the Ford County Landfill, where a large metal frame industrial building was destroyed. A large propane tank was thrown onto a road and ruptured, and an outbuilding was also destroyed further along the path. [73]
EF3 NW of Jetmore to SSE of Beeler Hodgeman, Ness KS 38°11′46″N 100°02′18″W / 38.1961°N 100.0382°W / 38.1961; -100.0382 (Jetmore (May 24, EF3)) 0011–0030 7.7 mi (12.4 km) 700 yd (640 m) $0 A well-built frame home had its roof torn off and some exterior walls collapsed, with debris scattered long distances downwind. An oil tank was blown over, and a stock trailer was found three miles away from where it originated. Other pieces of machinery were found up to a mile away. Numerous power poles were snapped, and pivot sprinklers were damaged as well. [74][75]
EF1 N of Dodge City Ford, Hodgeman KS 37°54′22″N 100°01′31″W / 37.906°N 100.0252°W / 37.906; -100.0252 (Dodge City (May 24, EF1)) 0015–0024 2.7 mi (4.3 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A trailer house, an outbuilding, and some trees were damaged. [76][77]
EF0 E of Ness City Ness KS 38°26′29″N 99°48′55″W / 38.4415°N 99.8154°W / 38.4415; -99.8154 (Ness City (May 24, EF0)) 0017–0020 1.32 mi (2.12 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A trained storm spotter reported a south-southeast-moving tornado. [78]
EF1 W of Centerview Edwards KS 37°47′09″N 99°24′21″W / 37.7859°N 99.4057°W / 37.7859; -99.4057 (Kinsley (May 24, EF1)) 0025–0033 4.3 mi (6.9 km) 100 yd (91 m) $0 Trees were uprooted and pivot sprinklers were damaged. [79]
EF0 WNW of Jetmore Hodgeman KS 37°58′35″N 99°56′27″W / 37.9765°N 99.9408°W / 37.9765; -99.9408 (Jetmore (May 24, EF0)) 0036–0042 3.5 mi (5.6 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 A tornado narrowly missed a farm house. [80]
EF0 SE of Akron Washington CO 40°10′N 103°13′W / 40.16°N 103.21°W / 40.16; -103.21 (Akron (May 24, EF0)) 0044 0.01 mi (0.016 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Brief touchdown caused no damage. [81]
EF1 ENE of Platner Washington CO 40°09′53″N 103°02′48″W / 40.1647°N 103.0467°W / 40.1647; -103.0467 (Platner (May 24, EF1)) 0047–0050 0.86 mi (1.38 km) 20 yd (18 m) Unknown A pole barn was lofted and completely destroyed, power poles were snapped, and trees were damaged. [82]
EF2 W of Centerview Edwards KS 37°47′41″N 99°22′21″W / 37.7947°N 99.3725°W / 37.7947; -99.3725 (Kinsley (May 24, EF2)) 0049–0059 5.4 mi (8.7 km) 150 yd (140 m) $0 This strong anticyclonic tornado snapped power poles and tree limbs, left swirl marks in a wheat field, mangled a pivot sprinkler, and knocked over a sign. [83]
EF0 W of Jetmore Hodgeman KS 38°06′13″N 100°04′55″W / 38.1035°N 100.082°W / 38.1035; -100.082 (Jetmore (May 24, EF0)) 0055–0056 0.5 mi (0.80 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Storm chasers reported a brief tornado. [84]
EF3 N of Centerview to W of Belpre Edwards KS 37°51′52″N 99°16′15″W / 37.8645°N 99.2707°W / 37.8645; -99.2707 (Lewis (May 24, EF3)) 0100–0129 8.3 mi (13.4 km) 1,100 yd (1,000 m) $0 Large wedge tornado mangled a well-anchored pivot sprinkler, tearing a large, heavy concrete anchor completely out of the ground. Other pivot sprinklers along the path were flipped or sustained lesser damage, and a storage tank was overturned. Trees were denuded and debarked, large concrete feed bunks were thrown, and farm fields were scoured. Homes sustained roof damage, while outbuildings and grain bins were destroyed as well. [85]
EF0 N of Yuma Yuma CO 40°13′40″N 102°43′40″W / 40.2279°N 102.7278°W / 40.2279; -102.7278 (Yuma (May 24, EF0)) 0136–0139 1.21 mi (1.95 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 An emergency manager reported a tornado. [86]
EF0 E of Sawyer Pratt KS 37°28′39″N 98°39′54″W / 37.4775°N 98.6651°W / 37.4775; -98.6651 (Sawyer (May 24, EF0)) 0125–0132 2.3 mi (3.7 km) 75 yd (69 m) $0 Trained storm spotters reported a tornado. [87]
EF0 SW of Otis Rush KS 38°30′05″N 99°05′54″W / 38.5015°N 99.0984°W / 38.5015; -99.0984 (Otis (May 24, EF0)) 0138–0140 0.2 mi (0.32 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Some trees sustained minor damage. [88]
EF0 S of Imperial Chase NE 40°23′N 101°38′W / 40.39°N 101.64°W / 40.39; -101.64 (Imperial (May 24, EF0)) 0306 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 50 yd (46 m) $50,000 Brief tornado flipped and dragged an empty irrigation pivot. [89]

May 25 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Wednesday, May 25, 2016[note 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[note 2] Summary Refs
EF1 NNE of Morris Okmulgee OK 35°42′39″N 95°49′48″W / 35.7108°N 95.8300°W / 35.7108; -95.8300 (Morris (May 25, EF1)) 0629–0635 1.8 mi (2.9 km) 350 yd (320 m) $5,000 Several trees and tree limbs were snapped, along with a power pole. [90]
EF0 SW of Villard Pope MN 45°41′56″N 95°16′58″W / 45.6989°N 95.2829°W / 45.6989; -95.2829 (Villard (May 25, EF0)) 2010–2012 0.16 mi (0.26 km) 25 yd (23 m) $10,000 Several boats were flipped, a shed was damaged, and shingles were blown off a roof at Amelia Lake. [91]
EF0 SW of Minneapolis Ottawa KS 39°03′24″N 97°47′21″W / 39.0566°N 97.7891°W / 39.0566; -97.7891 (Minneapolis (May 25, EF0)) 2308–2309 0.47 mi (0.76 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Brief touchdown caused no damage. [92]
EF0 NE of St. Anthony Stearns MN 45°41′22″N 94°36′15″W / 45.6894°N 94.6042°W / 45.6894; -94.6042 (St. Anthony (May 25, EF0)) 2309–2315 3.3 mi (5.3 km) 25 yd (23 m) $15,000 A few trees were blown down, and a small amount of tin was peeled off of a barn roof. [93]
EF4 ENE of Niles to ESE of Chapman Ottawa, Dickinson KS 38°59′44″N 97°26′11″W / 38.9955°N 97.4365°W / 38.9955; -97.4365 (Chapman (May 25, EF4)) 0007–0140 25.09 mi (40.38 km) 900 yd (820 m) Unknown See section on this tornado – Eight people were injured. [94][95]
EF1 E of Dwight to SSE of Alta Vista Morris, Wabaunsee KS 38°51′00″N 96°33′41″W / 38.85°N 96.5614°W / 38.85; -96.5614 (Alta Vista (May 25, EF1)) 0227–0240 5.3 mi (8.5 km) 75 yd (69 m) Unknown Two barns sustained roof damage and power poles were snapped along the path. [96]
EF2 WNW of Carrier to SW of Hillsdale Garfield OK 36°29′48″N 98°04′12″W / 36.4966°N 98.0699°W / 36.4966; -98.0699 (Hillsdale (May 25, EF2)) 0253–0312 5 mi (8.0 km) 300 yd (270 m) $20,000 This slow-moving cone tornado was caught on camera and broadcast live on television. 19 empty rail cars were blown off the tracks and a very large tree was downed. [97]
EF1 S of Eskridge Wabaunsee KS 38°46′27″N 96°08′39″W / 38.7743°N 96.1443°W / 38.7743; -96.1443 (Eskridge (May 25, EF1)) 0325–0332 3.53 mi (5.68 km) 50 yd (46 m) Unknown A small farm building had its walls collapsed and large tree branches were broken. [98]

May 26 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes – Thursday, May 26, 2016[note 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[note 2] Summary Refs
EF1 Eastern Bryan Brazos TX 30°40′45″N 96°18′38″W / 30.6792°N 96.3106°W / 30.6792; -96.3106 (Bryan (May 26, EF1)) 1730–1738 2.86 mi (4.60 km) 50 yd (46 m) $1,000,000 This high-end EF1 tornado moved though residential areas of Bryan, causing major roof damage to homes and downing trees. [99]
EF0 SE of St. George Riley KS 39°10′24″N 96°23′45″W / 39.1733°N 96.3958°W / 39.1733; -96.3958 (St. George (May 26, EF0)) 1903 0.01 mi (0.016 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Law enforcement reported a brief touchdown near the Kansas River which caused no damage. [100]
EF1 Wamego to N of Louisville Pottawatomie KS 39°11′51″N 96°18′37″W / 39.1976°N 96.3104°W / 39.1976; -96.3104 (Wamego (May 26, EF1)) 1920–1945 5.55 mi (8.93 km) 200 yd (180 m) Unknown Tornado downed numerous trees and caused roof damage to homes in the towns of Wamego and Louisville. Rural properties sustained considerable damage outside of Wamego. [101]
EF0 E of Independence Washington TX 30°18′43″N 96°13′53″W / 30.312°N 96.2315°W / 30.312; -96.2315 (William Penn (May 26, EF0)) 2003–2006 0.35 mi (0.56 km) 30 yd (27 m) $10,000 Numerous trees were downed in a convergent pattern. [102]
EF0 Wallace Pack Unit Grimes TX 30°19′28″N 96°06′27″W / 30.3244°N 96.1074°W / 30.3244; -96.1074 (Wallace Pack Unit (May 26, EF0)) 2020–2021 0.11 mi (0.18 km) 30 yd (27 m) $50,000 Numerous trees were uprooted around the prison, and cars in the parking lot were moved in different directions. [103]
EF1 SSE of Navasota Grimes TX 30°18′49″N 96°02′55″W / 30.3137°N 96.0487°W / 30.3137; -96.0487 (Navasota (May 26, EF1)) 2028–2031 0.1 mi (0.16 km) 50 yd (46 m) $100,000 Brief tornado tore much of the roof off of a two-story home, along with a wall on the second floor. Numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted as well. This tornado occurred simultaneously with the other Navasota tornado. [104]
EF2 SSE of Navasota Grimes TX 30°18′25″N 96°02′50″W / 30.3069°N 96.0471°W / 30.3069; -96.0471 (Navasota (May 26, EF2)) 2029–2032 1.28 mi (2.06 km) 100 yd (91 m) $200,000 Tornado destroyed a large metal building and a house, and numerous large trees were uprooted and snapped along the path. [105]
EF0 SW of Rossville Shawnee KS 39°07′11″N 95°57′48″W / 39.1198°N 95.9632°W / 39.1198; -95.9632 (Rossville (May 26, EF0)) 2100 0.01 mi (0.016 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Brief touchdown caused no damage. [106]
EF0 Southern Silver Lake Shawnee KS 39°05′38″N 95°51′31″W / 39.0938°N 95.8586°W / 39.0938; -95.8586 (Silver Lake (May 26, EF0)) 2106–2109 1.81 mi (2.91 km) 50 yd (46 m) Unknown A brief tornado caused tree damage and minor structural damage within a larger region of damaging winds. One outbuilding was heavily damaged. [107]
EF0 SSW of Whiteman Air Force Base Johnson MO 38°38′N 93°37′W / 38.63°N 93.62°W / 38.63; -93.62 (Whiteman Air Force Base (May 26, EF0)) 2203–2205 1.38 mi (2.22 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Tornado remained over open country and caused no damage. [108]
EF0 S of Kit Carson Cheyenne CO 38°38′24″N 102°45′08″W / 38.6401°N 102.7521°W / 38.6401; -102.7521 (Kit Carson (May 26, EF0)) 2305–2308 0.02 mi (0.032 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 Tornado remained over open country and caused no damage. [109]
EF0 S of Seibert Kit Carson CO 39°21′40″N 102°51′59″W / 39.3611°N 102.8663°W / 39.3611; -102.8663 (Seibert (May 26, EF0)) 2323–2329 4.1 mi (6.6 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Tornado remained over open country and caused no damage. [110]
EF1 Northwestern Conroe Montgomery TX 30°20′06″N 95°30′20″W / 30.3350°N 95.5055°W / 30.3350; -95.5055 (Conroe (May 26, EF1)) 2252–2253 0.96 mi (1.54 km) 300 yd (270 m) $100,000 Tree damage occurred along the path. [111]
EF1 Burkett Coleman TX 31°57′04″N 99°18′30″W / 31.9511°N 99.3084°W / 31.9511; -99.3084 (Burkett (May 26, EF1)) 0101–0108 5.44 mi (8.75 km) 400 yd (370 m) $0 A few trees and tree limbs were snapped, and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. A community center in town sustained roof damage. [112]
EFU NE of Glazier Hemphill TX 36°03′N 100°04′W / 36.05°N 100.06°W / 36.05; -100.06 (Glazier (May 26, EFU)) 0110–0113 0.11 mi (0.18 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 Brief rope tornado remained over open country and caused no damage. [113]
EF0 ESE of Sidney Comanche TX 31°56′32″N 98°43′00″W / 31.9422°N 98.7168°W / 31.9422; -98.7168 (Sidney (May 26, EF0)) 0146–0149 1.01 mi (1.63 km) 40 yd (37 m) $30,000 Two homes sustained minor damage, at least three farm storage buildings were damaged or destroyed, and multiple trees were uprooted and large branches were broken off at a cemetery. [8]

Notable tornadoes[edit]

Solomon/Abilene/Chapman, Kansas[edit]

High-end EF4 damage to a brick home near Chapman, KS with destroyed farm machinery in the background.

This violent and long-lived wedge tornado was on the ground for 26 miles and lasted for at least 90 minutes, producing high-end EF4 damage at its most intense point. It first touched down near the Ottawa County community of Niles just after 7:07 PM local time.[114] The tornado moved eastward and reached EF3 strength to the north of Solomon, where a home lost its roof and exterior walls, and numerous trees were snapped. As the tornado crossed into Dickinson County and moved through rural areas northeast of Solomon, significant weakening occurred as EF1 tree and house damage was noted along this segment of the path. Re-intensification began to occur to the south of Talmage where a two-story house had much of its second floor destroyed, sustaining EF2 damage. A nearby home sustained EF1 damage to its roof as well.[115] The tornado strengthened further as it passed to the north of Abeline, causing significant damage. A house near the corner of Gulf Road and 2700 Avenue sustained EF3 damage and was left with only interior rooms standing, while another home and a large metal outbuilding sustained EF2 damage. High-end EF3 damage was noted along Hawk Road, where a large but poorly anchored home was completely flattened. The most intense damage in this area occurred at the intersection of Indy Road and 2700 Avenue, where a split-level home was completely swept away, leaving only the basement behind. Anchor bolts were present at this location, though the home's subflooring was poorly anchored, and an EF4 rating was applied. Outbuildings were also destroyed in the vicinity, and a two-story farm home sustained lesser damage.[116] Further to the east, the tornado narrowed and weakened back to EF1 strength as it passed through areas to the northeast of Abeline, causing mainly minor tree damage. However, it strengthened back to EF2 intensity as it crossed Interstate 70, snapping and denuding numerous large trees. The tornado then reached its peak strength as it passed just southwest of Chapman, producing high-end EF4 damage as it crossed Old Highway 40. A few farmsteads in this area were damaged or destroyed, including one where a large, anchor-bolted brick farm home was completely leveled and largely swept away. Only the basement and a pile of debris was left behind at this location. Part of the concrete foundation was severely cracked from the force of the house being ripped away, and surveyors later determined that winds in this area likely approached 200 MPH, though the fact that the site was not completely swept clean of debris prevented a higher rating.[117] Several vehicles and large pieces of heavy farm machinery in the vicinity were thrown and mangled beyond recognition. Numerous large trees were also denuded and debarked in this area, outbuildings were obliterated, and a set of railroad tracks was bent horizontally by the force of the tornado.[118] While officially rated high-end EF4, NWS Topeka damage surveyors noted that based on the damage that occurred in rural areas, an EF5 rating may have been necessary had the tornado hit Chapman directly.[119][120] The tornado began to weaken as it passed south of Chapman, causing extensive tree damage and inflicting low-end EF3 damage to a large farm house. To the southeast of Chapman, a home was shifted off of its foundation at EF1 intensity before the tornado dissipated shortly after 8:30 PM. The tornado reached a maximum width of one half-mile wide along its path, and damaged or destroyed roughly 20 homes in Dickinson County. No fatalities and eight minor injuries occurred as a result of this tornado.[121][94][95]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e All dates are based on the local time zone where the tornado touched down; however, all times are in Coordinated Universal Time for consistency.
  2. ^ a b c d e All damage totals are in 2016 USD unless otherwise stated.