Severe Storms Cause Wind & Hail Damage with Heavy Rain
July 30th, 2013

Supercell Thunderstorm as viewed from NWS North Platte
Supercell Thunderstorm as viewed looking north 
from National Weather Service North Platte office
 


Farm building heavily damaged 4 miles northwest of North Platte

Tin Underneath Thrasher Wheel
Tin underneath thrasher wheel

Tin on farm equipment
Tin on farm equipment

The brunt of wind damage from the evening of July 30th, 2013 occurred from around 4 miles northwest of North Platte, along and north, of North River Road - and extended from Highway 83 westward to near Hershey, with areas of extensive tree damage. A storm survey estimated that winds were as high as 97 miles an hour.

Photo furnished courtesy of Dean Cosgrove of Chasetours.com
Photo courtesy of Dean Cosgrove of Chasetours.com
Location was just south of North Platte

Large Scale Radar Reflectivity Animation
(Click to view - may be slow loading) (AVI format)

Radar Reflectivity near North Platte (close view)
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Hail near Springview
Radar depicting thunderstorm which produced large hail west northwest of Springview
Image time 525 PM

Severe Storm which produced damaging winds near Cody
Severe Storm which produced damaging winds near Cody 
Image time 534 PM

Severe Thunderstorm produced golfball sized hail west of Brownlee
Severe Thunderstorm produced golfball sized hail west of Brownlee
Image time 616 PM

Windows broken by high winds & hail northeast of Crookston
Windows broken by high winds & hail northeast of Crookston
Image time 649 PM

Radar depicting large hail in and near Valentine
Radar depicting large hail in and near Valentine
Image time 708 PM

Supercell thunderstorm producing high winds & hail just northwest of North Platte
Supercell thunderstorm producing high winds & hail just northwest of North Platte
Image time 834 PM

Wind damage occurring in North Platte
Wind damage occurring in North Platte
Image time 843 PM


(Click on map above for local storm report information from July 30th, 2013)

Supercell thunderstorm approaching North Platte at 838 PM
Supercell Thunderstorm approaching North Platte at 838 PM
View looking north towards Eisenhower School

Strong to severe thunderstorms developed over the northwest Sandhills, then moved southeast during the afternoon and evening of July 30th, 2013. Some of the preliminary local storm reports included large hail to the size of golf balls, and winds to 70 miles an hour, that produced storm damage. Some of this storm damage included wind driven hail that broke windows out of cars and homes near Crookston.  Extensive hail damage was also reported in and near Valentine.

A large supercell thunderstorm mangled three metal buildings on the northwest side of North Platte, north of North River Road.  Emergency management and amateur radio operators relayed power outages which occurred over parts of North Platte and Hershey. 

Above are some radar animations, a preliminary local storm report maps, and some snapshots of  radar imagery, for further information concerning this severe weather event.

 

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