Aug. 31, 2014: Large Hail, Strong Winds and Heavy Rain Affects North Central Kansas

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August 31, 2014

Large Hail and Heavy Rainfall Strike Portions of the Area...

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop, valid from 1:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 31st.

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:

Severe thunderstorms erupted along and ahead of an advancing cold front during the afternoon hours of Sunday, August 31, 2014.  This activity then continued to intensify as it moved east across the area...with locations generally east of highway 281 observing the bulk of the severe weather.  Large hail was reported from many locations, but heavy rainfall also promoted localized flash flooding.  Below are some of the more notable storm reports from this severe weather event...

  • Tennis ball size hail 4 miles west of Beloit, Kansas
  • Golf ball size hail 7 miles and 3 miles east of Glen Elder, well as 7 miles south of Jewell, Kansas
  • Flash flooding in the Beloit, Kansas well as 1 mile north of Simpson, Kansas
  • 57 MPH wind gust in Simpson, Kansas
  • Heavy rainfall of 2.60 inches of rain fell in Beloit, KS

Below is a map of storm reports from across the area...

Click on the image above to enlarge

Click here for an interactive map of storm reports


Beloit, KS
Photo by @EricPahls
Beloit, KS
Photo by @detrichpix
KVSV Beloit, KS
Photo by Ruth Emerson

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


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