August 14-16: Heavy Rainfall Across Parts Of South Central Nebraska

At least two rounds of widespread, soaking rains fell between the mid-evening hours of August 14 and the early morning hours of August 16, affecting much of central and south central Nebraska and parts of north central Kansas. During the roughly 36-hour period that most of this rain fell, many locations across central and south central Nebraska tallied between 1-2 inches, while most sites in north central Kansas reported totals under 1 inch.

The heaviest rainfall in the 2-4+ inch range focused across northern portions of the area, generally along and north of a line running from Cozad through Miller, St. Paul and Genoa. This included 4.89" measured by the NWS Cooperative Observer at Greeley. 

No severe weather occurred with the thunderstorms on the evening of the 14th through early on the 15th. However, a few of the thunderstorms on the evening of the 15th did become severe, resulting in a few reported wind gusts to around 60 MPH.

  • Summarized in the tables and graphics below are rainfall totals from August 14-16. These reports are from a variety of sources, including manual observations taken by NWS Cooperative Observers, and automated equipment at airports and along rivers.

Some Of The Highest Rainfall Totals August 14-16 (Note: ** indicates total does not include data from all 3 days)

Location Source Aug 14-16 Rainfall
Greeley, NE   NWS Cooperative Observer 4.89"
Loup City, NE NWS Cooperative Observer 3.37"

St. Paul, NE                           (4 miles N)

NWS Cooperative Observer 2.73"
Ashton, NE NWS Cooperative Observer 2.68"
Wolbach, NE NWS Cooperative Observer 2.57"
Miller, NE NWS Cooperative Observer  2.49"
Dannebrog, NE (4 miles NW) NWS Cooperative Observer   2.47"

Ravenna, NE (4 miles WNW)

Nebraska DNR gauge on Mud Creek
Oxford, NE  (6 miles NNW) NWS Cooperative Observer    2.17"
Cozad, NE NWS Cooperative Observer   ** (2.12") through 7 AM Aug 15 only
Genoa, NE   (2 miles S)
USGS gauge on Loup River


Various Other Locations 
Location Source Aug 14-16 Rainfall
Kearney, NE                              (airport, 4 miles ENE) NWS Cooperative Observer 0.84"
Grand Island, NE  (airport) ASOS (automated) 0.79"

Hastings, NE (airport)

 ASOS (automated) 0.42"



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