Severe Weather Rocks Nebraska On Memorial Day

Strong low pressure and a cold front helped to produce widespread severe weather across western and central Nebraska on Monday May 30th. Several tornadoes were reported from central Blaine County northeast into Holt County, along with hail up to the size of grapefruits and thunderstorm wind damages.  Below are some images, preliminary storm reports, and maps of the track of these storms as they marched across the Heartland.

Damage to Scribner Grain building in Emmet - Photo credit Terry Miles
(Damage to Scribner Grain building in Emmet, Nebraska May 30th, 2011)
(Photo credit Terry Miles - Holt Independent)


(Softball or larger 22 miles south of Newport - Courtesy of Kim Shaw)

Animation of radar, warning polygons and preliminary local storm reports from May 30th, 2011
(Animation above of radar, warning polygons and preliminary local storm reports
from May 30th, 2011)

Below is a listing of the Preliminary Local Storm Reports from May 30th, 2011.  Thanks to our emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, storm spotters, and storm chasers who shared their information with us as the event evolved.

.TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON  
   
.DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.
 
 
..REMARKS..  
 
0401 PM HAIL BREWSTER 41.94N 99.87W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH BLAINE NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
PEA TO QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED BY DISPATCHER. GROUND  
COVERED BY HAIL.  
 
0410 PM HAIL 6 E BASSETT 42.58N 99.42W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH ROCK NE PUBLIC  
 
BIG MARBLES TO QUARTER SIZED HAIL WITH BRIEF DURATION.  
 
0420 PM HAIL 25 S LONG PINE 42.17N 99.70W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH BROWN NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
MARBLE TO QUARTER SIZED HAIL COVERING THE GROUND. VERY  
HEAVY RAIN ALSO REPORTED.  
 
0420 PM HAIL ROSE 42.17N 99.53W  
05/30/2011 U1.25 INCH ROCK NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
WINDOWS BROKEN OUT OF HOME BY LARGE HAIL EXACT SIZE  
UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.  
 
0425 PM HAIL 2 N ROSE 42.20N 99.53W  
05/30/2011 M2.50 INCH ROCK NE STORM CHASER  
 
DELAYED REPORT FROM STORM CHASER. 2 VEHICLES HAD  
WINDSHIELD DAMAGE FROM HAIL. ONE VEHICLE REAR WWINDOW  
BUSTED OUT. GROUND WAS COVERED BY HAIL.  
 
0435 PM TORNADO 1 E ROSE 42.17N 99.51W  
05/30/2011 ROCK NE STORM CHASER  
 
BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN REPORTED BY STORM CHASER.  
 
0445 PM HAIL ROSE 42.17N 99.53W  
05/30/2011 M2.50 INCH ROCK NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
GOLF BALL TO TENNIS BALL SIZED HAIL COVERING GROUND.5  
 
0447 PM TORNADO 3 E DUNNING 41.83N 100.05W  
05/30/2011 BLAINE NE STORM CHASER  
 
TORNADO REPORTED BY STORM CHASER. CONTINUED ROTATING WALL  
CLOUD WITH MULTIPLE FUNNELS ALSO REPORTED.  
 
0500 PM HAIL 6 SW ATKINSON 42.47N 99.06W  
05/30/2011 M2.75 INCH HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
BASEBALL SIZED HAIL 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ATKINSON.  
 
0505 PM TORNADO 3 S ATKINSON 42.49N 98.98W  
05/30/2011 HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
DISPATCHER RELAYED REPORT OF TORNADO 3 MILES SOUTH OF  
ATKINSON. LOTS OF DEBRIS REPORTED ALONG HIGHWAY 11.  
 
0510 PM HAIL ATKINSON 42.53N 98.98W  
05/30/2011 M4.00 INCH HOLT NE STORM CHASER  
 
AT LEAST GRAPEFRUIT SIZE HAIL REPORTED IN THE CENTER OF  
ATKINSON. TIME OF REPORT WAS 510 PM CDT.  
 
0510 PM HAIL 1 E NAPER 42.96N 99.08W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH BOYD NE PUBLIC  
 
0510 PM HAIL ATKINSON 42.53N 98.98W  
05/30/2011 M2.75 INCH HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
BASEBALL SIZED HAIL FALLING 1 MILE SOUTH OF ATKINSON ON  
HIGHWAY 11.  
 
0511 PM HAIL ATKINSON 42.53N 98.98W  
05/30/2011 M2.75 INCH HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
BASEBALL SIZE HAIL FALLING IN SOUTHWEST PART OF ATKINSON.  
 
0512 PM HAIL 3 N ROSE 42.21N 99.53W  
05/30/2011 M2.75 INCH ROCK NE STORM CHASER  
 
REPORT OF MANY HAIL STONES OVER 1 INCH WITH A THIRD OF  
HAIL STONES OVER ONE AND THREE QUARTER INCH IN DIAMETER.  
LARGEST HAIL STONES WERE BASEBALL SIZED...AFTER MELTING  
AS REPORTED BY STORM CHASER.  
 
0513 PM HAIL ATKINSON 42.53N 98.98W  
05/30/2011 M2.75 INCH HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
BASEBALL HAIL FALLING AT COUNTRY CLUB AND ELSEWHERE IN  
ATKINSON.  
 
0513 PM HAIL 2 SE STUART 42.58N 99.11W  
05/30/2011 M1.75 INCH HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL FALLING JUST SOUTHEAST OF STUART AS  
REPORTED BY DEPUTIES.  
 
0516 PM HAIL 3 NE ATKINSON 42.56N 98.93W  
05/30/2011 M2.00 INCH HOLT NE STORM CHASER  
 
0517 PM HAIL 3 ESE ATKINSON 42.52N 98.92W  
05/30/2011 M4.00 INCH HOLT NE STORM CHASER  
 
NEARLY GRAPEFRUIT SIZE HAIL SIZE MEASURED BY STORM  
CHASER. ACTUAL DIAMETER OF STONE WAS 3.5 INCHES.  
 
0530 PM TORNADO 5 N ONEILL 42.53N 98.65W  
05/30/2011 HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
DEPUTIES REPORT 3 TORNADOES ON THE GROUND. 873RD ROAD AND  
487TH AVENUE IS APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF REPORT.  
 
0540 PM HAIL 3 E DUNNING 41.83N 100.05W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH BLAINE NE PUBLIC  
 
0545 PM HAIL 6 W BREWSTER 41.94N 99.98W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH BLAINE NE PUBLIC  
 
0545 PM HAIL 8 S LEWELLEN 41.21N 102.14W  
05/30/2011 M0.75 INCH DEUEL NE PUBLIC  
 
PENNY TO DIME SIZED HAIL COVERED GROUND.  
 
0545 PM HAIL LEWELLEN 41.33N 102.14W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH GARDEN NE TRAINED SPOTTER  
 
DIME TO QUARTER SIZE HAIL FOR 5 MINUTES. BEGAN AT 540 PM  
CDT.  
 
0555 PM TSTM WND GST OGALLALA 41.13N 101.72W  
05/30/2011 M63.00 MPH KEITH NE AWOS  
 
0600 PM NON-TSTM WND GST GRANT 40.84N 101.73W  
05/30/2011 E60.00 MPH PERKINS NE TRAINED SPOTTER  
 
SPOTTER ESTIMATED NON CONVECTIVE WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 60  
MPH.  
 
0602 PM TSTM WND GST OGALLALA 41.13N 101.72W  
05/30/2011 M60.00 MPH KEITH NE TRAINED SPOTTER  
 
SPOTTER REPORTED ANEMOMETER WIND GUST TO 60 MILES AN  
HOUR.  
 
0620 PM NON-TSTM WND GST SUTHERLAND 41.16N 101.13W  
05/30/2011 E50.00 MPH LINCOLN NE PUBLIC  
 
0622 PM NON-TSTM WND GST IMPERIAL 40.52N 101.64W  
05/30/2011 M68.00 MPH CHASE NE ASOS  
 
0626 PM HAIL 1 SW ATKINSON 42.52N 98.99W  
05/30/2011 M1.75 INCH HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
0626 PM HAIL ATKINSON 42.53N 98.98W  
05/30/2011 M1.75 INCH HOLT NE CO-OP OBSERVER  
 
COOPERATIVE OBSERVER REPORTED GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL IN  
ATKINSON.  
 
0633 PM TORNADO 4 N ONEILL 42.52N 98.65W  
05/30/2011 HOLT NE STORM CHASER  
 
LOTS OF ROTATION. SEVERAL FUNNELS REPORTED BY STORM  
CHASER. ONE BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN AND SAW A POWER  
FLASH.  
 
0639 PM HAIL EMMET 42.48N 98.81W  
05/30/2011 M0.88 INCH HOLT NE STORM CHASER  
 
NICKEL SIZED HAIL FELL FOR A FOUR MINUTE PERIOD.  
 
0640 PM TORNADO 2 NE ONEILL 42.48N 98.62W  
05/30/2011 HOLT NE FIRE DEPT/RESCUE  
 
2 TORNADOES ON THE GROUND 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF ONEILL AS  
REPORTED BY THE FIRE CHIEF.  
 
0645 PM HAIL 10 E ARNOLD 41.42N 100.00W  
05/30/2011 M1.75 INCH CUSTER NE PUBLIC  
 
0652 PM TORNADO ONEILL 42.46N 98.65W  
05/30/2011 HOLT NE LAW ENFORCEMENT  
 
2 TORNADOES CONFIRMED ON EASTERN EDGE OF ONEILL BY POLICE  
CHIEF AND DEPUTY AND RELAYED BY DISPATCH. NO DAMAGE  
REPORTS THUS FAR.  
 
0653 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 4 E NORTH PLATTE 41.13N 100.70W  
05/30/2011 M64.00 MPH LINCOLN NE ASOS  
 
0653 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 E NORTH PLATTE 41.13N 100.71W  
05/30/2011 M70.00 MPH LINCOLN NE ASOS  
 
MEASURED WIND GUST OF A NON CONVECTIVE NATURE AT LEE BIRD  
FIELD...AT THE NORTH PLATTE AIRPORT.  
 
0705 PM NON-TSTM WND GST BROKEN BOW 41.41N 99.64W  
05/30/2011 M53.00 MPH CUSTER NE ASOS  
 
0705 PM HAIL 17 W OCONTO 41.14N 100.09W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH CUSTER NE PUBLIC  
 
0705 PM HAIL 16 W TAYLOR 41.77N 99.69W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH BLAINE NE PUBLIC  
 
0710 PM HAIL 2 SE ANSELMO 41.60N 99.84W  
05/30/2011 M1.00 INCH CUSTER NE CO-OP OBSERVER  
 
0715 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 1 S STAPLETON 41.47N 100.51W  
05/30/2011 E70.00 MPH LOGAN NE PUBLIC  
 
BLOWING DUST AND FIERCE WINDS ESTIMATED AS HIGH AS 70  
MPH.  
 
0730 PM HAIL ANSELMO 41.62N 99.86W  
05/30/2011 E1.00 INCH CUSTER NE CO-OP OBSERVER  
 
ANSELMO COOPERATIVE OBSERVER REPORTED THAT PEA AND  
QUARTER SIZED HAIL FELL ON MONDAY EVENING.  
 
0820 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 SE ANSLEY 41.26N 99.34W  
05/30/2011 CUSTER NE EMERGENCY MNGR  
 
CUSTER COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTED SEVERAL EMPTY  
GRAIN BINS BLOWN DOWN. SHERIFF SAW A BRIEF GUSTNADO  
TOUCHDOWN IN SAME AREA. IRRIGATION PIPES WERE STREWN  
ABOUT.  
 
1000 PM HEAVY RAIN BUTTE 42.91N 98.85W  
05/30/2011 M2.18 INCH BOYD NE CO-OP OBSERVER  
 
STORM TOTAL RAINFALL FROM 530 PM THROUGH 915 PM CDT  
TOTALED 2.18 INCHES.  
 
0803 AM HEAVY RAIN LYNCH 42.83N 98.47W  
05/31/2011 M1.80 INCH BOYD NE CO-OP OBSERVER  
 
LYNCH COOPERATIVE OBSERVER REPORTED 1.80 INCHES OF RAIN  
FROM THUNDERSTORMS MONDAY EVENING.  
 
0803 AM NON-TSTM WND GST NORTH PLATTE 41.13N 100.77W  
05/31/2011 M75.00 MPH LINCOLN NE PUBLIC  
 
PUBLIC REPORTED A 75 MPH WIND GUST OCCURRED IN NORTH  
PLATTE ON MONDAY EVENING. MEASURED WITH HOME WEATHER  
STATION.  

Photo credit to Dean Cosgrove - thunderstorms exiting Lexington
(Photo credit to Dean Cosgrove of storms exiting Lexington in Dawson County)

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