A late evening outbreak of thunderstorms across central and south central Nebraska carried over into the predawn hours Saturday...leaving parts of our region with hail up to the size of hen eggs and wind damage...as well as heavy rain.
Focusing in on the heavy rain...over three inches of rain fell in the Dannebrog and Polk areas based on reports from National Weather Service Cooperative Observers. Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NERAIN) observers also reported 3.78 inches of rain 5.3 miles southwest of Ravenna...3.17 inches of rain 1 mile northeast of Chapman...and 3.01 inches of rain 4 miles north of Wood River.
For some locations...Fairmont, Nebraska...for example...it was the first time this year that over an inch of rain was received in a 24 hour period. Many locations in central and south central Nebraska have not received an inch of rain in 24 hours since late last year. For the Grand Island area...rain during the first week of June 2009 has already exceeded June's average monthly rainfall.
The table below provides a glimpse of last nights rainfall...and a comparison of the 2009 month-to-date rainfall totals to the 30-year (1971-2000) June normal's.
(Locations with an "N/A" either had unavailable daily totals for June 2009...or did not have established 30-year averages to compare to.)
|Location||Friday Night/Saturday AM Rain||Rainfall Since June 1st - June Avg. Rainfall|
|Grand Island Regional Airport||2.35||4.22 - 3.72|
|Wood River||2.01||4.13 - N/A|
|Osceola||1.97||2.65 - 4.05|
|Loup City||1.68||1.81 - 3.83|
|St. Paul 4N||1.56||1.84 - 3.72|
|Fairmont||1.35||2.55 - 3.88|
|Aurora Airport||1.33||2.74 - 4.19|
|York 3N||0.93||2.30 - N/A|
|Greeley||0.90||0.90 - 3.89|
|Clay Center||0.53||0.78 - 3.91|
|Ord Airport||0.50||0.84 - NA|
|York Airport||0.49||1.04 - N/A|
|Hastings Airport||0.44||1.04 - 3.59|
|Miller||0.42||1.00 - 3.73|
|Clay Center 6ESE||0.32||N/A|
|Lexington Airport||0.09||0.61 - N/A|
|Minden||0.05||0.81 - 3.42|
|Bruning||0.02||0.64 - 3.97|