July 31 Severe Weather And Rainfall Summary

Storm Reports (rain reports are down the page)

Thunderstorms rolled across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas on Friday evening, July 31, 2009, sparked by an aggressive cold front which moved southeast across the area. Nearly all of region received at least some rain, with a few areas catching large hail and damaging winds. Here are a few of the storm report highlights:

  • Philips County, Kansas: Damaging thunderstorm winds in excess of 60 mph in and around Logan broke power lines and caused some minor property damage. Logan also reported 3 to 4 inches of rain, causing flooding. Kansas Highway 9 was closed for a time due to water over the road. Power lines were snapped south of Glade on Highway 183.
  • Dawson County, Nebraska: Ping pong ball size hail and 60 mph winds 5 miles northwest of Eddyville.
  • Sherman County, Nebraska: Quarter size hail 2 miles northwest of Hazard.

A complete listing of storm reports can be accessed by clicking on the map below:


Rainfall Reports

Rainfall across the area varied from excessive in a few spots, to nothing in others. However, most locations did report at least some rain, with the average ranging from one third to three quarters of an inch. The heaviest rain fell across Phillips and Rooks counties in north central Kansas. An average of 1+ inch fell in those two counties, but the area from Glade to Logan easily measured 2 to 4 inches of rain. The map and list below summarize the event-total rainfall. Most of the rainfall reports are from NWS Cooperative Observers, but the stations listed at the airports are generally from automated weather observation stations.



Location Storm Total Rain
Logan, KS 3.08"
Mankato, KS 1.65"
Phillipsburg, KS 1.51"
Phillipsburg, KS - Airport 1.15"
Minden, NE 1.10"
Plainville, KS (4 miles WNW) 1.10"
Lebanon, KS 0.90"
Wilsonville, NE 0.84"
Alton, KS 0.82"
Blue Hill, NE (4 miles SW) 0.82"
Wood River, NE 0.75"
Aurora, NE  - Airport 0.74"
Beaver City, NE 0.66"
Lexington, NE - Airport 0.62"
Smith Center, KS 0.55"
Loup City,  NE 0.52"
Superior,  NE 0.52"
Hastings, NE - Airport 0.50"
Kearney, NE (4 miles ENE) 0.49"
Miller, NE 0.44"
Ord, NE 0.40"
Hebron, NE 0.39"
Bruning, NE 0.35"
Fairmont, NE 0.35"
Ord, NE - Airport 0.33"
Holdrege, NE - Airport 0.33"
Burr Oak, KS 0.31"
Hebron, NE - Airport 0.28"
Hastings, NE - (NWS Office) 0.28"
Beloit, KS 0.27"
Dannebrog, NE (4 miles NW) 0.25"
York, NE - Airport 0.21"
Edison, NE 0.18"
Grand Island, NE - Airport 0.16"
Cambridge, NE 0.10"
Osceola, NE 0.10"
Clay Center, NE (6 miles ESE) 0.07"
Franklin, NE 0.05"
Greeley,  NE 0.03"
Wolbach, NE 0.00"


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



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