Locally Heavy Rainfall Totals April 13-16

A slow-moving frontal system lingering across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas resulted in several rounds of showers and thunderstorms between the evening of Tuesday, April 13th, and the early morning hours of Friday, April 16, 2010.

During this time, many areas in north central Kansas and south of I-80 in south central Nebraska picked up rainfall totals between 0.75" - 1.5". Locally higher totals over 2" were reported across portions of north central Kansas, most of which fell during the evening hours of Thursday, April 15th. On the 15th, heavy rainfall of over 2.5" fell during a 1-2 hour period in the Plainville, KS area, resulting in localized flooding. On the other end of the spectrum, most locations north of I-80 in the NWS Hastings coverage area reported rainfall amounts only around 0.6" or less during this multi-day period.

While most thunderstorms during this time were not severe, a few severe storms during the afternoon and evening hours of Wednesday, April 14, resulting in reports of hail to at least the size of pennies and nickels across portions of north central Kansas and far south central Nebraska.

  • Summarized in the tables and graphics below is a partial listing of rainfall totals from April 13-16, 2010. These reports are from a variety of sources, including NWS Cooperative Observers and automated systems at area airports and along rivers. A special thanks goes to the CoCoRaHS program and Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN) for providing a wealth of precipitation information to the NWS.
  • Please note that the "Top 20" list only reflects rainfall totals accessible by NWS Hastings through "official" sources or via the Internet. It is likely that locally heavy rain also affected portions of the area from which gauge readings were not accessible or known.

"Top 20" Rainfall Totals April 13-16, 2010

Location April 13-16 Total Rainfall


Plainville, KS (4 miles WNW) 2.85" NWS Coop Observer

Republican City, NE

2.00" NeRAIN observer
Osborne, KS (2 miles E)
1.96" CoCoRaHS observer
Woodruff, KS (3 miles WSW)
1.85" USGS river gauge
Cawker City, KS
1.81" NWS Coop Observer
Naponee, NE (2 miles SW)
1.81" NeRAIN observer
Woodston, KS (1 mile S)
1.64" USGS river gauge
Scottsville, KS (5 SSW)
1.56" CoCoRaHS observer
Franklin, NE
1.53" NWS Coop Observer
Mankato, KS
1.51" NWS Coop Observer
Phillipsburg, KS 1.40" NWS Coop Observer
Alma, NE
1.40" NeRAIN observer
Deweese, NE (4 SSE)
1.40" NeRAIN observer
Wilcox, NE (6 miles S)
1.39" NeRAIN observer
Beloit, KS 1.33" NWS Coop Observer
Alton, KS (2 miles SW)
1.33" NWS Coop Observer
Hildreth, NE (5 miles SSE)
1.25" NeRAIN observer
Damar, KS 1.24" NWS Coop Observer
Smith Center, KS 1.24" NWS Coop Observer
Burr Oak, KS 1.16" NWS Coop Observer
Oxford, NE (6 miles NNW)
1.11" NWS Coop Observer


Various Other Locations 
Location April 13-16 Total Rainfall Source
Beaver City, NE (6 south)
0.91" NeRAIN observer
Holdrege, NE 0.79" NWS Coop Observer
Hastings, NE  (NWS)  0.78" NWS Obs
Hastings, NE  (airport) 0.77" ASOS (automated)
Hebron, NE   0.78" NWS Coop Observer
York, NE  (3 miles N)  0.76" NWS Coop Observer
Minden, NE  0.67" NWS Coop Observer
Cozad, NE 0.67" NWS Coop Observer
Kearney, NE  (airport)  0.59" NWS Coop Observer
Greeley, NE  0.55" NWS Coop Observer
Lexington, NE  (6 miles SSE)  0.53" NWS Coop Observer
Superior, NE (4 miles E)
 0.48" NWS Coop Observer
Grand Island, NE  (airport) 0.31" ASOS (automated)
Ord, NE  (airport) 0.25" ASOS (automated)
Osceola, NE 0.22" NWS Coop Observer


The graphics below depict an approximation of separate 24-HOUR RAINFALL totals ending around 7 AM on the mornings of April 14, 15, 16:



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

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