Long Track EF4 Tornado

Chapman, Kansas - May 25 2016
We almost missed this one.
After getting suckered south to a storm that never developed. We couldn't resist turning around and blasting north to a very impressive storm that had started to produce tornadoes near the town of Bennington. Reports started to come in of a large tornado on the ground and it continued for a long time, a very long time. The tornado lasted about 90 minutes. Just enough time for us to reach it as it approached the town of Chapman. Luckily it missed the heart of the town, and only damaged a few homes and railroad tracks south of town.

This monster tornado was on the ground for over 30 miles, and lasted an hour and a half. It was rated EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, and it is incredible that it missed any town, and there were no reports of any serious injuries. What a lucky day.

We did come across a house that was completely leveled and the homeowners were gracious enough to let us film and report from the site for The Weather Network and CNN. One woman survived the tornado in the basement. She did exactly what she was supposed to do.

I would have liked to have been on this storm earlier, but at least we did manage to see it. This was our fifth day in a row of seeing tornadoes. A feat I have never accomplished before.


NWS Event Summary
The tornado appearing out of the rain.
The NWS has a detailed description and track map of the event.