Record Rainfall for May 25th at Grand Island and Kearney


On Wednesday, May 25th, 2011, heavy rain fell over Central Nebraska Regional Airport at Grand Island, tallying 1.82 inches for the calendar day. This set a new record rainfall for May 25th, breaking the old mark of 1.36 inches set in 1939. 

Precipitation records at Grand Island date back to 1896.

With this additional 1.82 inches, a total of 8.18 inches of rainfall has accumulated at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport this May. This makes May 2011 the 8th wettest May on record. The wettest May on record was May 1903 when a total of 11.27 inches of rainfall accumulated in Grand Island.

(Please keep in mind that the airport is the official weather observing station for Grand Island, and precipitation totals there may not always be representative of what fell in other parts of the city.)

  Location  Total Precipitation (May 25th)
Previous Record

Grand Island

(Central Nebraska Regional Airport)

1.82 inches

1.36 in 1939

On Wednesday morning, May 25th, 2011, the Cooperative Observer at the Kearney Airport reported at 24-hour rainfall total of 3.17 inches. This 24 hour period started at 7 am on May 24th and ended at 7 am May 25th. This breaks the previous record of 1.38 inches set back in 1982.  

Records for temperature and precipitation for Kearney are determined by readings taken by the Cooperative Observer for a 24 hour period from 7 am to 7 am daily.


24 Hour Total Precipitation
(May 24-25th)

Previous Record


(Regional Airport)

3.17 inches

1.38 in 1982


(*Please Note: All climate data presented here are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at: WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV)

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


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