A strong late summer cold front and upper level low brought very heavy...and very beneficial rain...to central and south central Nebraska...and north central Kansas over the weekend. While most locations easily broke the one-inch barrier for weekend rain...many received close to...or over two inches...and in a few instances over five inches of rain. 
The heaviest rain fell across central Nebraska Saturday and Saturday night...primarily over Sherman...Valley and Greeley counties...from along a Loup City to Ord line into the Spalding...Greeley and Wolbach areas. National Weather Service Cooperative observers reported between four to six inches of rain...5.92 inches at Loup City...5.72 inches at Greeley...4.68 inches at North Loup and 4.35 inches at Wolbach.
Of note...the weekend rain at Loup City was the second wettest 3 day period since 1896...but far behind the 10.45 inches that fell June 5th...6th and 7th in 1896.

Also of note...Kearney's 2.44 inches of rain this weekend brought their 2006 rainfall to 24.16 inches...leaving them 3.60 inches above normal for the year.  Down the road at Grand Island and Hastings...Grand Island's weekend rain of 2.09 inches still leaves them behind for the year at 18.71 inches...2.08 inches below normal.  At Hastings...the 1.94 inches of weekend rain brought their 2006 total to 21.74 inches...0.60 below normal.
Other areas of heavy rain fell across south central Nebraska...from Alma into the Hastings area...and from Guide Rock to Geneva where weekend totals were generally in the 2 to 4 inch range.

In North Central Kansas...heavy rain was noted across southern Rooks and southwest Osborne counties...and farther north from eastern Smith into northern Jewell county...where one to two inches of rain fell over the course of the weekend.    
The following is a preliminary summary of rainfall reports across our region: 


Location / Weekend Total

Location / Weekend Total

LOUP CITY               5.92 GREELEY                 5.72
NORTH LOUP              4.68  WOLBACH                 4.35
ARCADIA                 3.99 BLUE HILL 4SW           3.73 
BRUNING                 3.72 CARLETON                3.40
CARLETON                3.40 FULLERTON               3.31
BELGRADE                3.17 ORD AIRPORT             2.90
GENOA                   2.81 MILLER                  2.75
DEWEESE                 2.74 KEARNEY                 2.44   
WOOD RIVER              2.38 OSCEOLA                 2.34
SAINT PAUL 4N           2.23 SUPERIOR                2.14 
CLAY CENTER             1.94 HEBRON                  1.84
ELWOOD 8S               1.82 LEXINGTON AIRPORT       1.70 
COZAD                   1.51 YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT    1.45
FAIRMONT                1.30    HOLDREGE NWS COOP       1.20
MINDEN                  1.09 OXFORD 7NW              0.95
FRANKLIN                0.88 CAMBRIDGE               0.62


Location / Weekend Total

Location / Weekend Total

 BURR OAK                1.85  PHILLIPSBURG            1.49
 WEBSTER DAM             1.42  BELOIT                  1.16
 PLAINVILLE              0.95  ALTON                   0.72
 IONIA                   0.63  

The images below depict the 24 hour rainfall as shown on September 9th, 10th, and 11th respectively.


For our statewide precipitation map archive for September 2006 - please click here

Data Collection and Text created by Larry Wirth
Webpage Composition by Steve Carmel

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