Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms overspread parts of central and south central Nebraska, along with north central Kansas, between the early morning and early afternoon hours on Thursday, July 16, 2009. Fortunately, these storms did not produce much in the way of severe weather, as peak wind gusts typically measured between 40-50 MPH. However, parts of the area did tally rainfall of 1-2 inches, and locally higher.

Most of the heavier rainfall was concentrated in two distinct bands, each roughly 20-30 miles wide. The northern band was centered generally from Ord to Fullerton Nebraska, while the southern band stretched from around Cambridge Nebraska through Phillipsburg, Smith Center and Beloit Kansas. In between, places such as Grand Island, Kearney and Hastings Nebraska received no more than 0.25 inch.

Summarized in the tables below are various rainfall totals from July 16. These reports are from a variety of sources, including automated gauges at airports and along area rivers, and manual observations taken by NWS Cooperative Observers.

 

Top 15 Rainfall Totals July 16

Location Source July 16 Rainfall
Cambridge, NE  
NWS Cooperative Observer 2.43"
Orleans, NE NWS Cooperative Observer 2.27"
Beaver City, NE NWS Cooperative Observer 2.27"

Woodruff, KS                           (3 miles WSW)

USGS river gauge
2.25"
Phillipsburg, KS
NWS Cooperative Observer 1.54"
Naponee, NE
Nebraska DNR river gauge 1.41"
Genoa, NE                                 (2 miles S)
USGS river gauge 1.40"
Ord, NE (airport)
ASOS (automated)
1.39"
Glade, KS USGS river gauge 1.28"
Smith Center, KS NWS Cooperative Observer 1.28"
Central City, NE
NWS Cooperative Observer  1.11"
 Portis, KS USGS river gauge  1.08"
 Lexington, NE (airport)
AWOS (automated)  1.07"
Fullerton, NE                            (3 miles NW)
Nebraska DNR river gauge  0.94"
 Edison, NE                               (2 miles E)
Nebraska DNR river gauge  0.70"

                                                  

Various Other Locations Across Area
Location Source July 16 Rainfall
Hastings NWS Office            (4 miles N) NWS Cooperative Observer 0.25"
Grand Island, NE       (airport, 4 miles NE) ASOS (automated) 0.22"

Hastings, NE (airport)

ASOS (automated)
0.20"
Kearney, NE                 (airport, 4 miles NE)                 
AWOS (automated) 0.14"

 

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This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

 


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