1991-04-26: Andover, Kansas F5 tornado

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  1. Joey Ketcham

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    It is hard to believe that, tomorrow, it has been 20 years since the April 26th, 1991 outbreak. I was only 10 years old at the time, and it is the earliest tornado outbreak I have in memory. Two events in my life lead to having an interest in severe weather and storm chasing, the April 26th, 1991 outbreak being one. The other was in 1988 when a tornado hit the north end of the town I live in.

    I can't remember a whole lot from that day, I remember watching the live coverage on TV, radar being shown and seeing video and pictures of the aftermath. I remember when videos and pictures of the tornado started being shown on TV, I was amazed at the size of the tornado.

    My dad worked for the electric company here in Pittsburg and remember him and several others from the electric company went to the Wichita/Andover area to assist in restoring power and him being gone for more than a week. When he came home described it as being like a war-zone.

    It's hard to believe how much time has gone by since that memorable day.
     
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  3. J Holder

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    My wife and I drove through Andover on Saturday. Other than the smaller trees, can't tell anything happened 20 years ago.
     
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    Really enjoyable to see Tim's maps & data along with the Tulsa NWS page on the outbreak. I remember it very well. For quite a few chasers, it was a watershed event in their chasing 'careers.' Hard to believe 20 years have passed so fast.
     
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    Wichita affiliate KWCH-TV has dedicated a page to the 20 year anniversary. Lots of videos and same-day broadcasts of the tornado during its height in the Wichita and Andover areas. A couple videos of the monster I haven't seen a lot of..

    http://www.kwch.com/news/andovertornado/

    Can't believe it's been 20 years. I was 8 at the time and although I didn't see the Andover storm, I did see the funnel that produced a tornado in the Goddard area on the west side of Wichita at the same time the bigger storm was forming in Clearwater. Never will forget how muggy it was that day and showing off my "weather maps" to my family. This event definitely inspired me into the love and fascination I have with severe weather and tornadoes today.
     
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    This storm is the reason i became interested in meteorology. At the time i lived 3 miles due east of Mcconnell air force base. I was able to view the tornado throughout much of its lifetime. I watched it as it tracked northeast missing my house by about 2 miles. I have about 30 pictures i took from that day, they can be viewed here.http://s924.photobucket.com/albums/ad87/svtc03bra/Andover Tornado/
     
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    A couple of things about the Andover tornado, as there's not much written about its impact in between McConnell AFB and Andover. There were a couple of areas impacted - one was the neighborhood known as Greenwich Heights, along Greenwich Road in between Pawnee and Harry streets. Another was a neighborhood known as Springdale, along 143rd street between U.S. 54 (Kellogg) and Harry Street. Some maps I have seen (like the one here: http://www.tornadohistoryproject.com/outbreaks/the-andover-kansas-outbreak-1991) erroneously show a straight line path between the AFB and Andover, so show it crossing 143rd street north of U.S. 54. In fact, it crossed 143rd steet SOUTH of U.S. 54. I know this because I grew up in Springdale and still had friends of family there at the time of the event and some houses were destroyed. I even visited there a few years later and you could clearly see the path because of the stunted trees. Anyway, it went on to completely destroy the church I attended as a kid, St. Vincent de Paul, located right across Andover Road from the Golden Spur mobile home park, which has long since been beautifully rebuilt. As a matter of fact, the town of Andover is now a very attractive, vibrant and fast-growing community.
     
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    I remember being fascinated with the footage from McConnell AFB.
     
  9. Lee Smith-Whaley

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    Looking back through the data on this event, I discovered that this was the day which started my fascination with weather. I was living in Coffeyville, KS just east of where the Tornado hit in Montgomery County. I can remember the sirens going on and off every few minutes that evening pretty vividly to this day.
     
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    hi there...my name's megan and i have a request 4 u, do u by any chance have any pics/vids of the andover tornado or any from the april 26, 1991 tornado outbreak? if so, can u plz e-mail me or put them on here. i love that outbreak. it's my most favorite tornadoes of all time. thanx. :)
     
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    hello, my name's megan. I just have a question 4 u, do u have any pics/videos of any of the tornadoes from april 26, 1991? if so, can u plz e-mail me them so I may view them? my e-mail is: funnelcloudgirl@yahoo.com thanx
     
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    hey...my name's megan and I just want 2 ask a question. do u have any pics/videos of any of the tornadoes on april 26,1991? if so, can u plz e-mail me them so I may view them? thanx. here's my e-mail:funnelcloudgirl@yahoo.com
     
  13. Megan Kotulak

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    hey there...my name's megan. I just have a question 2 ask u, do u have any pics/videos of any of the tornadoes from april 26,1991? if so, can u plz e-mail them so I may view them? my e-mail is:funnelcloudgirl@yahoo.com. thanx
     
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    hey there...my name's megan and I just have a little question 4 u, do u have any pics/videos from any of the tornadoes from april 26, 1991? if so, can u plz e-mail me them so I may view them? thanx. here's my e-mail:funnelcloudgirl@yahoo.com :)
     
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    hi...my name's megan and I have a question 4 u, do u have any pics/videos from any of the tornadoes from april 26, 1991? if so, can u plz e-mail me them so I may view them? my e-mail is:funnelcloudgirl@yahoo.com. thanx
     
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    I remember this day like it was yesterday. I was a senior in high school, and I had known 3 days out that that particular Friday was going to be huge. A few random memories from that day:

    - I set my alarm extra early that morning to watch the PBS aviation weather show, which showed the SPC (back then, NSSFC) convective outlooks. Even though I had never seen a high risk day personally, I really thought that day was going to be one. Sure enough, it was.

    - I told my friends in school who knew I was a weather geek that it was going to be a huge day. They were pretty flippant. Monday when I came back to school, they thought I was a god, even though I was just relaying info that I had heard and seen all week.

    - I still have cassette tapes of the infamous KFDI mobile units chasing this tornado and calling weatern Butler county a "Purple Hell" during the event.

    - I lived in Newton at the time and we had baseball sized hail around 5pm with the tornado sirens blasting (a different tornado than the one that hit Andover).

    Overall, this day, along with the Hesston tornado March 13, 1990, were two of the most memorable weather days growing up in Newton, and really contributed to my passion for the field.
     
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    hi...do you still by chance have the videos of the andover, ks tornado? I would love to see them if you do. plz post them on here so I may view them or you may ask me for my e-mail if you don't want to post them here. thanx :)
     
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    hi...I keep clicking on your andover funnel links but there removed, can you plz fix that or can you reload them if it's alright. i'm a huge andover fan as well and would love to view them. thanx. :)
     
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    I REMEMBER SEEING A FIRE HYDRANT RIPPED FROM THE GROUND ON TWC. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THAT?
     
  20. Heath Powell

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    To mark the 25th anniversary of this event, the Wichita Eagle has several write-ups from several who were there. IMHO, the most incredible footage of any tornado EVER has to be the Earl "Duke" Evans video taken from a nearby country club just as the tornado approaches and hits Andover at full-on F5 ferocity. The rotation and multiple vortexes in this sequence is still the most violent I have seen even all these years later. Video and interview with Mr: Evans: http://www.kansas.com/news/weather/article73540802.html You may need a membership to view.
     
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    Ya, this is my standard for 'violent tornado appearance'. Incredible horizontal and vertical motion. Years ago when I first saw the video, I thought the tape had been sped up.
     

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