The recent heavy rain that brought flooding to parts of central Nebraska and north-central Kansas has drawn comparisons to the floods of 1993...1984 and 1967. The following is a comparison showing the period of January 1st through June 15th of each year to show rainfall accumulations around the time of the 2008/1993/1984/1967 events. While the Flood of 1967 resulted as a combination of snowmelt runoff and heavy rain...2008...1993 and 1984 were more the result of repetitive intense spring and summer thunderstorms. Another contributing factor to this years groundwater rises was the record rainfall from 2007 where many locations finished the year anywhere from 3 to 13 inches above normal in annual precipitation. Based on records...1984 appears on paper to be the January through mid-June rainfall leader of the 4 years reviewed...when spring storms saturated the ground followed by additional heavy rainfall...similar to 2008.
|Location||2008/Rank||1993/Rank||1984/Rank||1967/Rank||All-Time Record/Jan 1-June 15|
|Hastings 4N||15.06/21st (T)||8.21*/88th||20.70/3rd||13.64/33rd||21.28/1965*|
Legend - (T) Tie with another year. * One or more days of missing data. Green blocks indicate the wettest year of the 4 years reviewed.