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5/24/2021 West Central / Southwest Kansas chase

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Storms rapidly developed in West Central Kansas on the afternoon of 5/24/2021. The first storm of the day developed near Tribune, Kansas and very slowly moved northeast.

Severe storm north of Leoti, Kansas. #kswx @highwaysandhail
Severe storm north of Leoti, Kansas.

The storm meandered in the open countryside north of Leoti, Kansas. The storm was moving at such a slow pace that we were able to observe mid-level rotation several times from the same location.

The storm north of Leoti appears to be intensifying.  #kswx
The storm north of Leoti appears to be intensifying. #kswx

As the afternoon progressed, the storm took on more outflow-dominant features, owing to more of a damaging wind threat.

Gusty storm near Pence, Kansas. #kswx
Gusty storm near Pence, Kansas. #kswx
This severe storm near Pence, Kansas became a high wind producing supercell.

We opted to jump down to the next storm back south, which exhibited amazing storm structure.

This severe storm near Deerfield, Kansas produced winds to 80 mph and tennis ball sized hail.


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