Prolific Precipitation Across The Region

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT MOVED SLOWLY FROM NORTHEAST  
COLORADO LATE YESTERDAY...THEN LIFTED INTO SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA BY  
MIDNIGHT...BROUGHT A PERIOD OF PROLONGED RAINFALL. RAIN CHANGED TO  
SNOW BY MID TO LATE EVENING ACROSS WESTERN NEBRASKA AS COOLER AIR  
WAS PULLED INTO THE SYSTEM FROM THE NORTHWEST. THE HEAVIEST  
SNOWFALLS WERE PRODUCED ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE...FROM BROKEN BOW  
THROUGH NORTH PLATTE AND HERSHEY.  
 
AT THE BROKEN BOW AIRPORT...A RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION TOTAL OF  
1.15 INCHES WAS RECEIVED THROUGH MIDNIGHT APRIL 6TH. THIS BROKE THE  
OLD RECORD MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION FOR APRIL 6TH OF NINETY TWO (0.92)  
HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH...WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1921 IN BROKEN BOW.  
 
TWENTY FOUR HOUR STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION AT THE BROKEN BOW AIRPORT  
WAS 1.63 INCHES. TO PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE...THIS WAS THE MOST  
PRECIPITATION RECORDED DURING A TWENTY FOUR PERIOD SINCE JULY 13TH  
2009 WHEN 2.22 INCHES OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED IN BROKEN BOW.  
 
AT LEE BIRD FIELD IN NORTH PLATTE THE TWENTY FOUR HOUR STORM TOTAL  
PRECIPITATION WAS 1.45 INCHES...ENDING AT 700 AM CDT. PUTTING THIS  
INTO SOME PERSPECTIVE...IT WAS THE MOST PRECIPITATION RECEIVED IN A  
24 HOUR PERIOD SINCE OCTOBER 12TH 2008...WHEN 1.88 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION IN A TWENTY FOUR HOUR PERIOD WAS REPORTED. ON AUGUST  
6TH, 2009 - 1.40 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION OCCURRED IN NORTH PLATTE -  
OR NEARLY THE SAME AMOUNT AS REPORTED THROUGH 700 AM CDT THIS MORNING  
FOR NORTH PLATTE!  
 
BELOW IS A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL  
REPORTS. ONLY STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION REPORTS OF ONE INCH OR  
HIGHER ARE NOTED. SNOWFALL REPORTS OF ONE INCH OR HIGHER ARE ALSO  
INCLUDED BELOW.  
 
SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY LOCATION AND AMOUNT:  
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LOCATION 24 HOUR SNOWFALL AMOUNT  
 
HAYES CENTER 1 NW 3.5 INCHES  
SUTHERLAND 1NW 3.0 INCHES  
WELLFLEET 3.0 INCHES  
CALLAWAY 8WSW 3.0 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE 15N 3.0 INCHES  
BROKEN BOW AIRPORT 3.0 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE EXPERIMENTAL FARM 2.7 INCHES  
BERWYN 4NE 2.5 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE 4SW 1.6 INCHES  
HERSHEY 1.5 INCHES  
CURTIS 7SE 1.0 INCH  
BIG SPRINGS 4W 1.0 INCH  
OSHKOSH 10NE 1.0 INCH  
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STORM TOTAL PRECIPITATION REPORTS:  
 
LOCATION 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION AMOUNT  
 
WELLFLEET 2.02 INCHES  
RED WILLOW DAM 1.64 INCHES  
BROKEN BOW AIRPORT 1.63 INCHES  
MCCOOK 17NNW 1.60 INCHES  
CURTIS 7SE 1.50 INCHES  
MAYWOOD 1.45 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE AIRPORT 1.45 INCHES  
SARGENT 1W 1.42 INCHES  
CURTIS 1W 1.42 INCHES  
HERSHEY 6NW 1.40 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE 2WNW 1.38 INCHES  
HAYES CENTER 1NW 1.33 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE EXPERIMENTAL FARM 1.28 INCHES  
MERNA 11W 1.26 INCHES  
MASON CITY 1.23 INCHES  
MADRID 1.10 INCHES  
EUSTIS 2NW 1.22 INCHES  
WALLACE 2W 1.22 INCHES  
EUSTIS 8SSW 1.16 INCHES  
NORTH PLATTE 1NNW 1.16 INCHES  
STAPLETON 5W 1.15 INCHES  
GORDON 6N 1.08 INCHES  
MEDICINE CREEK DAM 1.04 INCHES

(24 hour snowfall map above ending at 700 AM CDT April 7th - by Meteorologist Kenneth Roberg)

Bias corrected precipitation map by Missouri Basin River Forecast Center

(Map above depicts bias corrected rainfall estimates ending April 7th at 700 AM CDT from MBRFC)

(Image above depicts precipitation amounts in the 24 hour period ending 700 AM CDT April 7th, 2010)



(Visible satellite imagery of the Central Plains showing fresh snow April 7th, 2010 at 1045 AM CDT)

Please - click here for a full preliminary listing of local storm reports from this event

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