Arkansas City, Kansas Tornadic Supercell – 5/31/2022

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An impromptu “local” chase took my team and I to Arkansas City, about an hour southeast of Wichita. We were a little late to the party, as we had to get south of the storm to get a visual.

Tornado warned storm just north of Arkansas City, Kansas
Tornado warned storm just north of Arkansas City, Kansas

As we approached Arkansas City and made our way around the rain curtains, we were quickly impressed with the structure of this supercell.

Tornado warned storm east of Arkansas City
Tornado warned storm east of Arkansas City

The storm was a slow-mover, giving us plenty of time to sit and watch its evolution. It continued to march east at about 20 mph toward Dexter, Kansas.

Just south of Dexter, Kansas. Wall Cloud scraping the ground.

This storm moved off to the east across the Flint Hills, which provide few road options. We positioned for another supercell moving into Arkansas City from the west.

The second tornado-warned supercell as it moved across Arkansas City, Kansas.

The second storm tried to produce a couple of funnels, but could not get organized. It did produce a brief spin-up tornado in a field per other chasers, but we were unable to see any brief fingers in contact with the ground.



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