July 10, 2011 Severe Weather Summary (Mainly Damaging Winds)

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July 10, 2011

Severe Weather Event

Damaging Wind Gusts, Some Large Hail
and Isolated Heavy Rainfall

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop
from 7:40 pm CDT July 10th to 12:30 am CDT July 11th.

The NWS Hastings coverage area is located within the orange outlined area labeled "GID", with the Interstates in red.

(Click Radar Loop To Enlarge)

Severe Weather Summary:

The mid to late evening hours brought a round of thunderstorms to portions of the Hastings coverage area, mainly north and west of a line from York, Nebraska to Osborne, Kansas. These thunderstorms originated along the High Plains, converging into a complex which shifted northeast across the area.  Some of these thunderstorms did become severe, and while there were a couple of reports of hail, the main story was with the strong winds.  Damaging wind gusts of generally 60 to 70 mph, but as high as 80 mph, were reported, knocking down tree limbs and a few whole trees, as well as causing power outages when lines were knocked down.  In Scotia (Greeley County), a shed roof and wall were damaged, and in Holdrege (Phelps County), an empty trailer house was blown over on the west side of town. 

As far as rainfall goes, across that northwestern half of the coverage area which saw the thunderstorm activity, there were numerous reports of storm total accumulations of 0.25-1.0", and a few over 1.0".  The highest amounts came from the Cooperative Observer in Fullerton (Nance County) which reported 1.45", while Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN) observers reported 1.52" near Boelus (Howard County) and 1.33" 5 miles SSW of Grand Island (Hall County).

Here are a few "highlights" of the event, based on reports from storm spotters, local law enforcement, emergency management, and the public:

  • Hail reports included: Quarter size near Oxford, in Lexington and Aurora, with ping pong ball size south of Holdrege.
  • Wind gusts estimated at 60 MPH wind gusts were reported near Edison, Holdrege, Axtell, Palmer, and Fullerton.
  • The automated station at the Grand Island Airport measured a gust of 64 MPH.
  • The automated station at the Kearney Airport measured a gust of 68 MPH.
  • Wind gusts estimated at 70 MPH wind gusts were reported near Farnam.
  • Wind gusts estimated at 80 MPH were reported near North Loup.

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

 July 10, 2011 Storm Reports.
Click image for detailed reports.


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