Severe Weather and Heavy Rainfall Recap - April 29th

During the late afternoon and evening hours of Thursday, April 29, 2010, a corridor of strong to severe thunderstorms erupted along a cold front across the far southeast portions of the NWS Hastings county warning area. Mainly between 630pm-930pm, these storms dumped torrential rainfall and hail up to the size of golf balls across portions of Thayer, Jewell and Mitchell counties. 

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Severe Weather:

  • Although tornado warnings were issued for portions of Thayer and Jewell counties based on strong rotation detected by Doppler radar, no reports of actual tornadic activity were received.
  • However, these storms were prolific hail producers, with several reports of quarter to golf ball sized hail, affecting communities such as Jewell, KS and Hubbell, NE.
  • Click on the image below for an "interactive" storm reports map and listing.



  • The radar loop below, courtesy of the Iowa Environmental Mesonet (Iowa State University), depicts storms across southern NE and northern KS between 6pm-10pm, April 29, 2010. 

- The NWS Hastings 30-county coverage area is depicted within the orange outlined area  labeled "GID"                                 

- Interstate Highways are depicted by the thick red and black lines

- The actual Severe Thunderstorm (yellow) and Tornado (red) warning polygons issued during the event are overlayed with the radar data. In addition, preliminary local storm reports pop up on the image as small white triangles (for example, "Hail 1.5" indicates hail 1.5 inches in diameter) 



Heavy Rainfall:

  • Summarized in the tables and graphics below is a partial listing of rainfall totals from April 29-30, 2010, ending around 7 AM on the 30th. 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 10" 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 10" Rainfall Totals April 29-30, 2010

Location April 29-30 Total Rainfall


Jewell, KS
2.85" CoCoRaHS observer

Jewell, KS

2.61" NWS Coop Observer
Hubbell, NE 2.15" NWS Coop Observer
Alexandria, NE (4 WNW) 2.14" NDNR river gauge

Chester, NE  (3 miles NE)

1.97" NeRAIN observer
Alexandria, NE (4 WNW)
1.96" NeRAIN observer
Hebron, NE (7 miles ESE)
1.83" NeRAIN observer
Gilead, NE
1.69" NeRAIN observer
Byron, NE
1.56" NeRAIN observer
Hebron, NE
1.53" NWS Coop Observer


Various Other Locations 

(* note the drastically lower rainfall amounts compared to the locations above)

Location April 29-30 Total Rainfall Source

Beloit, KS

0.74" NWS Coop Observer
Holdrege, NE 0.35" NWS Coop Observer
Loup City, NE 0.31" NWS Coop Observer
Lexington, NE  (6 miles SSE)  0.28" NWS Coop Observer
Ord, NE   0.18" NWS Coop Observer
Kearney, NE  (airport) 0.17" NWS Coop Observer
Grand Island, NE  (airport) 0.07" ASOS (automated)
York, NE  (3 miles N)  0.07" NWS Coop Observer
Smith Center, KS  0.06" NWS Coop Observer
Hastings, NE  (NWS)  0.04" NWS Obs
Hastings, NE  (airport) 0.03" ASOS (automated)


The graphic below depicts an approximation of 24-HOUR RAINFALL totals ending around 7 AM on the morning of April 30, 2010. Note the narrow, concentrated corridor of heavy rainfall extending through portions of Thayer, Jewell and Mitchell counties.

Current Rainfall Map


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