Great Plains Tornado Outbreak

Over the course of several days, a tornado outbreak was unleashed on multiple states across the Great Plains

On April 26, 2024, several supercell thunderstorms erupted over the Central Plains, producing tornadoes across Nebraska and Iowa. A large and destructive tornado, rated an EF-3 by the National Weather Service, passed just north of Lincoln, Nebraska. Another long-track EF-3 tornado caused destruction in Elkhorn, a town just on the outskirts of Omaha.

On April 27, 2024, another severe weather set-up brought tornadoes and large hail to parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The first tornado-producing supercells initiated in the afternoon in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. The most devastating tornadoes came at night in southern Oklahoma, with an EF-3 touching down near the town of Sulphur. Soon after, a powerful, EF-4 tornado rolled passed Mariette and Ardmore, ripping open a Dollar Tree warehouse.

More information on severe weather can be found via the Storm Prediction Center. For information on tornado tracks, visit the Damage Assessment Toolkit.

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Contributions by: CIRA Staff, Dakota Smith, Kim Erickson and Josh Reiter

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Slow Moving Storms Flood Texas

Description:

Slow moving thunderstorms dumped incredible amounts of rain on eastern Texas overnight.


Phenomena: Flooding Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: AHI

Dangerous Tornadoes Advance Through Oklahoma

Description:

As night falls over Oklahoma, severe storms continue to advance through the Sooner State, with some producing dangerous tornadoes.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe and Tornadic Storms Erupt Over the Plains

Description:

Severe thunderstorms and tornadic supercells ramp up this afternoon, ripping through the Southern and Central Plains.

Bubbling storm convection isn’t expected to quiet down anytime soon, threating the region through the nighttime hours.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Hail Tornadoes Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Long-Lived, Tornadic Supercell Marches Across North Texas

Description:

A long-lived, tornadic supercell marches across northern Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Overshooting Tops Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Stormy Morning for the Central Plains

Description:

Another active day for the central US begins as thunderstorms form over Texas and Oklahoma.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Destructive Tornado Passes Near Lincoln, Nebraska

Description:

A tornadic storm forming in southeast Nebraska, passing just north of Lincoln, Nebraska.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Mid-Latitude Cyclone Spawns Tornadoes Across Nebraska and Iowa

Description:

A mid-latitude cyclone spawning several destructive and long-lived tornadoes across Nebraska and Iowa.


Phenomena: Lightning Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Tornadic Supercell Forms over Southern Nebraska

Description:

An impressive, tornadic supercell forms over southern Nebraska.


Phenomena: Lightning Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Overshooting Tops Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Sunrise Illuminates the Storms Trudging Through the Plains and Midwest

Description:

The storms are still going strong as the sunrise illuminates them this morning while they continue to roll across the Plains and into parts of the Midwest.
 
Severe weather will continue to plague the Central US today with another bout of thunderstorms firing up later today.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Nighttime Severe Storms Roar Through the Central US

Description:

From the High Plains to West Texas, nighttime storms continue to bring strong and severe weather across the Central US. Large hail and some tornado reports have come from this system.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Hail

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Storms Starting to Take-off Across the Plains

Description:

Storms are beginning to pop-up across the Central Plains, with some already becoming severe.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Severe Storms Erupt in Central Plains

Description:

This high resolution view shows severe storms erupting across Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Hail Overshooting Tops Tornadoes Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Large Amounts of Dust and Smoke Over Texas and Mexico

Description:

Large amounts of dust and smoke flow over Mexico and southern Texas., kicked up by the system bringing stormy weather to the Central US.


Phenomena: Dust Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Overshooting Tops Tornadoes Wildfires Smoke

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Evolution of Multi-Day Tornado Outbreak

Description:

A multi-day time lapse showing the evolution of multiple low pressure systems that fueled a tornado outbreak across the Great Plains.


Phenomena: Mid-latitude Cyclones Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Water Vapor (band 10)

Instrument: ABI