Weather Reports from April 13, 2010


An intense line of thunderstorms developed yesterday afternoon over the Nebraska Panhandle and slowly moved east across the state.  This line of storms prompted severe thunderstorm warnings and even a tornado warning.  While a tornado did not form, storm spotters did note strong rotation within one of the cells that developed ahead of the squall line.  The largest hailstones measured yesterday was the size of a quarter, these hailstones fell near Venango in Perkins County.

Before the line of storms developed, a tightening pressure gradient led to extremely strong wind gusts.  The whole region experienced wind speeds in the 40 MPH range however, a few locations measured peak wind gusts above 60 MPH.  In Valentine, a wind gust of 68 MPH was recorded shortly before the noon hour.  The high wind caused havoc across the region, with several reports of broken tree limbs, knocked down highway signs and broken power lines received.  More seriously, a semi truck was blown off the road and overturned.

While severe weather and the high wind headlines today's discussions, one benefit was that ample rainfall fell from the storms yesterday.  Most locations received a half inch of rain, however a few spots managed nearly an inch of rain; with one report of 1.30 inches from the public just southwest of Brownlee.  Complete listings of rainfall reports, as well as a few selected wind reports are given below.

 


Weather reports across the North Platte CWA

Location

 Rainfall Amount (inches)

Wind Gusts (MPH)

North Platte

0.49 

60

Valentine

0.49 

68

Broken Bow

0.75 

58

Imperial

0.40 

63

Ainsworth

0.53 

53

O'Neill

0.11 

52

Ogallala

0.63 

54

Thedford

0.38 

61

Anselmo 2 SE

0.80 

 

Valentine 30 S

0.75

 

Brownlee 1 SW

1.30 

 

Swan Lake

0.42

 

Mason City

0.47

 

Big Springs 4 W

0.52

 

Chambers

0.24

 

Medicine Creek Dam

0.67

 

Hyannis 5 N

0.48

 

Imperial COOP

0.47

 

Stapleton 5 W

0.59

 

Callaway 8 WSW

0.87

 

O'Neill COOP

0.32 

 

Hayes Center 1 NW

0.61 

 

Spencer

0.30 

 

Ericson 8 WNW

0.22 

 

Wellfleet

0.43 

 

Butte

0.42 

 

Lewellen

0.44 

 

Merriman

0.32 

 

Oshkosh 10 NE

0.94 

 

Lynch

0.20 

 

Stockville

0.74  

 

Hershey 2.7 SSW

0.65 

 

Sutherland 0.9 NW

0.55 

 

Wauneta 6.5 S

0.71 

 

Mullen 9.7 SW

0.61 

 

Cody

0.58

 

Merna 11.4 W

0.71

 

Berwyn

0.54

 

Chappell 6.6 WSW

0.43

 

Eustis 3.2 SSW

0.75

 

 

NWS Meteorologist
Shawn Jacobs
 
  April 14, 2010



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