April 17-18 Rainfall and Severe Storms

An upper low pressure advanced slowly eastward from the Colorado/New Mexico border during the early morning hours on April 18th.  Ahead of the strong low pressure system, rain and thunderstorms developed across much of Kansas and Nebraska.  The heaviest rainfall occurred in western Kansas and far south central/southwest Nebraska where rainfall amounts totaled in excess of one to two inches.  A map of the precipitation amounts from 7 am April 17th, to 7 am April 18th is illustrated below:

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The higher rainfall amounts of three quarters of an inch or greater are listed in the table: 

 24 Hour Rainfall Amount

 (ending 7 am April 18)



Rainfall Amount


Damar 1.42
Cambridge 1.22
Wilsonville 1.22
Edison 1.20
Plainville  1.15
Logan  1.07
Beaver City  1.05
Oxford 6NNW  1.04
Orleans  0.95
Elwood 8S  0.89
Cozad 0.84
Phillipsburg  0.82

A cold front produced another round of precipitation during the evening on Saturday, April 18th.  Scattered thunderstorms developed along the front and several storms became severe, producing hail to the size of quarters.   Below is a summary of the severe weather reports:

(Click on the image for a detailed report)

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