July 5, 2011 Severe Weather Summary

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July 5, 2011

Severe Weather Event

Large Hail, Damaging Wind Gusts
and Locally Heavy Rainfall

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop
from 4:00 pm CDT July 5th to 12:10 am CDT July 6th.

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:

  • Ping pong ball size hail and estimated 60 MPH wind gusts in Osceola around 4:20-4:30 p.m.  
  • Water was reported running over a portion of Highway 81/92 west of Osceola around 5:20 p.m.
  • Estimated 60 MPH wind gusts in the Waco and Benedict areas between 5:15-5:30 p.m. Moderate tree damage occurred in the town of Waco, with many limbs and a few entire trees blown down...some of which were a foot or larger in diameter.  
  • Golf ball size hail reported at the following locations: 2 miles of NE of Hampton at 5:47 p.m., 7 miles NE of Giltner at 6:05 p.m., 1 mile W of Fairmont at 6:57 p.m., and 1 mile W of Oak at 7:00 p.m.  
  • Quarter size hail reported in Chester (Thayer County) at 8:09 p.m.  
  • Golf ball size hail reported near Lexington at 9:38 p.m.  
  • Half dollar to ping pong ball size hail, along with estimated 60-70 MPH winds, was reported near Overton between 9:58-10:19 p.m.  
  • Estimated 70 MPH wind gusts reported near Loomis at 10:44 p.m.

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Tree damage in Waco, Nebraska.

 Tree damage in Waco, Nebraska.

Low-contrast funnel cloud looking west toward Waco from the Utica area (courtesy Dennis Gulley)

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.


Rainfall Total



2 WNW Shelby (NeRAIN)


7 NE York (NeRAIN)


3 NE Shelby




Lebanon, KS




Beloit, KS


3 N York


Beaver City






Mankato, KS


Ionia, KS


Burr Oak, KS




4 NE Kearney


Clay Center


NWS Hastings (4 N Hastings)




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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24 hour rainfall total map

For an interactive listing of the PRELIMINARY storm reports, please click the linked image below. 

 July 5, 2011 Storm Reports.
Click image for detailed reports.


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

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