July 5th Severe Storms Summary

Severe thunderstorms erupted across parts of south central and eastern Nebraska during the early morning hours on July 5th, affecting mainly locations near the Highway 81 corridor including Polk, York and Fillmore counties. The main impacts from these storms included large hail and very heavy rain, although isolated wind damage occurred as well (see photos below).

Locations near Stromsburg and Benedict were hit particularly hard by these storms, with reports of hail from quarter to golf ball size falling for 15 to 20 minutes, inflicting significant damage to area crops. Very heavy rainfall also led to localized flooding, with at least 2 to 4 inches of rain common along a corridor from near Stromsburg through Waco and southward toward Milligan. In fact, 5.75 inches of rain was reported two miles southeast of Waco.

Following is a list of PRELIMINARY local storm reports gathered from a variety of sources:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE  
1124 AM CDT SAT JUL 05 2008  
   
.TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON
 
   
.DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.
 
 
            ..REMARKS..  
 
0630 AM     HAIL             4 SW STROMSBURG         41.08N 97.64W   
07/05/2008  E1.75 INCH       POLK               NE   PUBLIC            
 
            QUARTER TO GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL FELL FOR 15-20 MINUTES.   
 
0635 AM     HAIL             2 N BENEDICT            41.04N 97.61W   
07/05/2008  M1.75 INCH       YORK               NE   PUBLIC            
 
            HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE WITH CONSIDERABLE CROP DAMAGE.   
            ALSO STRONG WINDS FLIPPED A SMALL HOG BUILDING INTO SOME   
            TREES.   
 
0700 AM     HEAVY RAIN       7 SE STROMSBURG         41.04N 97.50W   
07/05/2008  M3.62 INCH       POLK               NE   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
            FROM NEBRASKA RAINFALL ASSESSMENT AND INFORMATION NETWORK  
 
0740 AM     FLOOD            2 N BENEDICT            41.04N 97.61W   
07/05/2008                   YORK               NE   LAW ENFORCEMENT   
 
            WATER COVERING ONE LANE OF HIGHWAY 81  
 
0748 AM     HAIL             3 W GRESHAM             41.03N 97.46W   
07/05/2008  E1.75 INCH       YORK               NE   PUBLIC            
 
            GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL   
 
0800 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 SE WACO               40.86N 97.41W   
07/05/2008  M5.20 INCH       YORK               NE   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
            FROM NEBRASKA RAINFALL ASSESSMENT AND INFORMATION NETWORK  
 
0815 AM     HAIL             MILLIGAN                40.50N 97.39W   
07/05/2008  E0.75 INCH       FILLMORE           NE   LAW ENFORCEMENT   
 
0900 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 SE WACO               40.88N 97.43W   
07/05/2008  M5.75 INCH       YORK               NE   PUBLIC            


The following photos were submitted courtesy of Jeanette McLean, and depict wind damage approximately 2 miles north of Benedict in York County. The first photo shows a hog building flipped into a grove of trees, while the second depicts a blown down grain auger.



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