... On this date in weather history...
In 1987, thunderstorms prevailed east of The Rockies, producing
severe weather in the Central High plains region. Thunderstorms
spawned four tornadoes in Colorado, and produced wind gusts to 70
mph at Goodland, KS.
In 1994, Ball lightning struck a home in Benkelman, Nebraska and
damaged wiring, a television, a vcr, and a fireplace. Witnesses
saw the red Ball move down the street where it blasted a hole in the
roof of a neighbor and started a fire. A nearby transformer was
also damaged causing the power to be off in the neighborhood for
about one hour. Total damage was between 15 and 20 thousand dollars.
In 2011, a small cluster of thunderstorms moved across Wallace County, Kansas during the pre-dawn hours packing winds close to 100 mph. Twenty-five irrigation pivots were overturned, and numerous grain bins, outbuildings and utility poles were damaged or destroyed.
Later in the day, an outbreak of damaging tornadoes occurred over Graham and Norton counties in Kansas. A total of sixteen tornadoes were documented, including three rated EF3. One tornado narrowly missed the town of Almena in Norton, County. Five people escaped serious injury by hiding under a table in the basement when their home was completely destroyed.