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July 5, 2011
Severe Weather Event
Large Hail, Damaging Wind Gusts
The NWS Hastings coverage area is located within the orange outlined area labeled "GID".
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Severe Weather Summary:
The afternoon and evening hours of Tuesday, July 5th, 2011, brought a few rounds of large hail, damaging wind gusts, and locally heavy rainfall to portions of South Central Nebraska. Activity first got going during the mid afternoon hours, impacting areas east of Highway 281, and brought up to golf ball size hail and wind gusts of 60 MPH. Portions of Polk County also saw 3 to 4 inches of rain, with 4.20" reported in Osceola and 3.46" reported just west of Shelby.
While the area never saw a complete break from thunderstorm activity, the second round of severe weather held off until the mid to late evening hours, with the main impact being felt across Dawson and Phelps Counties. Once again hail up to the size of golf balls was reported, as were wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph. Northern portions of Dawson County also received several inches of rain.
The threat for severe weather diminished near midnight, though showers and thunderstorms continued on during the remainder of the overnight hours, bringing some welcome rain to many locations.
Here are a few "highlights" of the event, based on reports from storm spotters/chasers, local law enforcement, emergency management, and the public:
Locally Heavy Rainfall:
Below is a table of 24-hour rainfall totals from the area, ending around 7 AM Wednesday, July 6th. These reports are from Cooperative Observers except for those otherwise noted.
Below is a map reflecting 24-hour rainfall totals ending around 7 AM, July 6th, focusing solely on the NWS Hastings 30-County Warning Area. The rainfall reports are courtesy of NWS Cooperative Observers, Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN) observers, and CoCoRaHS observers. Please note: This rainfall map is a "best-approximation" of actual measured amounts. Some reports may not be included, and amounts reflected on the map may not match locations exactly due to the effects of interpolation and "smoothing" used to create the maps. These preliminary data may contain errors.
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