Heavy rain over Buckner Creek Basin

Heavy rain over Buckner Creek Basin on May 15, 2010 to help increase elevation of new Horse Thief Reservoir

An isolated severe thunderstorm moved from northeastern Gray County to southern Hodgeman County during the evening of May 15, 2010.  Hail to the size of pennies and nickels were reported with this storm along with very heavy rainfall.  A few rain guage reports and radar estimates indicate 1 to 2 inches of rain fell across portions of the Buckner Creek basin above the new Horse Thief Reservoir, which is located southwest of Jetmore in Hodgeman County.  Radar indicated that the heaviest band of rain... perhaps 2 to 3 inches... clipped the southern portion of the basin that feeds the new reservoir.  The Horse Thief Reservoir pool elevation gauge showed a two-tenths of a foot rise from 6pm Saturday 5/15 to 11am Sunday 5/16, and it continued to rise at the time of this story publication midday Sunday, May 16.  More rain is expected this week which may continue to add water into Horse Thief Reservoir.  Below is a radar estimated precipitation map with the streams, creeks, and basin overlay (click on image for full-resolution):


 



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