April 23, 2014: Narrow Corridor of Severe Storms and 2-4" of Rain

If you have any photos you would like to share, please feel free to post them to our  Facebook or Twitter pages, or send them to our webmaster e-mail account at: w-gid.webmaster@noaa.gov. Please let us know where the photo was taken, and at least an approximate time. Thanks!

April 23, 2014

Narrow Corridor of Severe Storms and
2-4" of Heavy Rain Affect the Area

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop, valid from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd to 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24th.

The NWS Hastings coverage area is located within the orange outlined area labeled "GID", with the Interstate highways in red.

(Click Radar Loop To Enlarge)

Event Summary

Starting during the mid-afternoon hours of Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and lasting into the morning hours of the 24th, much of the NWS Hastings coverage area saw its first truly widespread thunderstorm event of the spring season, resulting in at least limited amounts of severe weather mainly in the form of large hail, but more importantly, dropping a swath of much-needed rainfall. Thunderstorms developed along an advancing cold front as an upper level storm system moved out of the Rocky Mountains and onto the Central Plains. While neither deep layer shear nor instability were exceptional, there was enough of both to allow for the development of strong to severe storms. 

Although much of the local area received at least 0.75-1.25" of rain from this event, the vast majority of severe weather reports and heavier rainfall of 2-4" concentrated within a rather narrow, roughly 30-mile wide corridor extending from around Phillips and Harlan counties in the southwest, and northeast through the Minden, Hastings, Grand Island, Aurora and Osceola areas. In the wake of a rather dry winter and early spring season, this was a very well-timed rain event across the area. Unfortunately, a small portion of the NWS Hastings coverage missed out on decent rainfall, as locations primarily northwest of a line from Beaver City-Ravenna-Greeley only averaged around 0.40" or less. In fact, parts of especially Gosper and Dawson counties barely saw a drop. 

A few of the severe weather "highlights" from the event included:

  • Hen Egg (2") sized hail was reported just east of Prosser in northern Adams County.
  • Hail ranging from quarter to golf ball size was reported in the Franklin and Bloomington area.
  • Quarter (1") sized hail was reported in Franklin and Kenesaw, as well as near Juniata, Phillips and Ragan.   
  • A 58 MPH wind gust was measured at the Phillipsburg KS airport

Preliminary storm reports from April 23rd.


Below is a list of some of the highest rainfall totals from NWS Cooperative and NeRAIN Observers.  These are 24-hour totals ending Thursday morning, April 24th. 

Location Rainfall Amount
2 W Doniphan 4.15
1 E Juniata 3.25
4 W Aurora 3.13
5 NNW Hastings 3.09
2 SE Hordville 3.01
2 ESE Hampton 3.00
4 SE Phillips 2.90
6 SSW Juniata 2.86
1 SE Marquette 2.80
Wilcox 2.78
6 N Bradshaw 2.71
NWS Office (4 N Hastings) 2.63
Phillipsburg, KS 2.48
3 W Benedict 2.46
5 SSE Upland 2.45
1 NW Giltner 2.44
Osceola 2.29
Campbell 2.28
Logan, KS & 7 NW Gresham 2.23
5 SE Axtell 2.22
1 E Stromsburg 2.14
3 N York & Minden 1.92
Franklin 1.87

Here is an image of radar-estimated rainfall from the event, click to enlarge. Note how narrow the band of heaviest amounts were. 

Here are a few photos from the area, click to enlarge:

Large hail in Franklin.
Photo courtesy of
Lisa Pederson.
Small hail just west of Doniphan.  Photo courtesy of Sue Jeffres. Photo of lightning near the NWS Office north of Hastings.



This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

Return to News Archive

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.