August 8, 2011 Evening Severe Weather Summary

If you have any photos or video of these storms or resultant damage, please feel free to send them to our webmaster e-mail account at:
or post them to our new Facebook page. Please let us know where the photo/video was taken, and at least an approximate time. Thanks!

August 8, 2011

Severe Weather Event

Strong Winds and Hail Across Western Portions 
of South Central Nebraska

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop with overlayed storm reports, from 6:45 pm CDT, August 8th to 10:00 pm CDT, August 8

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:

An upper level disturbance pushing out of the Rockies and onto the Plains, along with a weak surface boundary draped across southern Nebraska, sparked off another round of thunderstorms across portions of the Hastings CWA, some of which were on the strong to severe side.  The severe weather came in a short amount of time, mainly between 7 and 9 pm, with the area affected by the severe weather confined to Gosper, Phelps, and Franklin Counties of South Central Nebraska.  Wind gusts up to 70 MPH was the primary hazard, especially across Gosper County, though penny to quarter size hail was reported in Phelps and Franklin Counties. 

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

  • Wind gusts estimated between 60 and 70 MPH were reported near Elwood
  • Wind gusts esimated at 65 MPH were reported 3 miles east of Eustis and 2 miles east of Smithfield   
  • Quarter size hail was reported 7 miles south of Holdrege 
  • Penny size hail was reported in Funk, 1 mile northeast of Holdrege and 8 miles south of Hildreth
  • Wind gusts estimated at 50 MPH were reported 6 miles southeast of Wilsonville
  • For an interactive listing of the PRELIMINARY storm reports, please click the linked image below: 

 August 8, 2011 Storm Reports.
Click image for detailed reports.


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

Return to News Archive is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.