Locally Heavy Rainfall -- Sunday, May 30th

During the morning hours of Sunday, May 30, 2010, primarily between 1 AM-10 AM, widespread showers and thunderstorms migrated across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas from west to east. Somewhat out of character for late-May, NO severe weather occurred with this activity. However, many locations picked up locally heavy rainfall between 1-2 inches, mainly along and west of Highway 281.

As is typical with thunderstorm activity, rainfall totals varied considerably over short distances. For example, just in Adams County alone, the Hastings airport picked up 0.70" inches, while 15 miles to the west, an NeRAIN observer 2 miles west of Kenesaw recorded considerably more with 1.82".

Storm Total Amounts 

(Including post-7 AM totals) 

Location May 30 Total Rainfall Source

Holdrege, NE  (airport)

1.10" AWOS (automated)

Lexington, NE  (airport)

0.97" AWOS (automated)

Ord, NE  (airport)

0.82" ASOS (automated)
Hastings, NE  (airport) 0.70" ASOS (automated)
Kearney, NE  (airport) 0.64"  NWS COOP Observer
Hastings, NE  (NWS Office) 0.59"  NWS Obs
Grand Island, NE  (airport) 0.50" ASOS (automated)
Aurora, NE  (airport) 0.24"  AWOS (automated)

The graphic below depicts an approximation of 24-HOUR RAINFALL totals ending around 7 AM on the morning of May 30, 2010. Please note that additional, mainly light rain that fell between 7 AM-10 AM is NOT reflected in the graphic.

Current Rainfall Map

 Click Here For Archived Experimental Rainfall Maps of NWS Hastings Coverage Area


  • Summarized below are a number of rainfall totals from several NWS products. As with the graphic above, these totals DO NOT necessarily include rain that fell after 7 AM on May 30th.  These reports are from a variety of sources, including NWS Cooperative Observers and automated systems at area airports. 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.                




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


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