August 30, 2011 Heavy Rainfall Summary

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August 30, 2011

Heavy Rain Event

Centered Along a Narrow Stripe From
Franklin To Clay Counties

To the right is a 24-Hour rainfall map for the state of Nebraska ending around 7 AM Tuesday morning, August 30, 2011

(Click Rainfall Map To Enlarge)

 Locally Heavy Rainfall:

A fairly weak upper level low pressure disturbance tracked across South Central Nebraska between the evening hours of Monday August 29, 2011, and the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 30th, generating a large area of thunderstorms. Despite considerable lightning across the area, no severe weather occurred with these storms. However, most areas near and especially south of Interstate 80 measured anywhere from 0.75 to 2 inches of rain, and locally much higher. Within the heart of the heaviest rain band, a stripe probably no more than 10 miles across received at least 2-4 inches of rain, with this band generally centered along a line from near Republican City - Upland - Blue Hill - Clay Center. A few of the highest measured rainfall totals from NWS cooperative observers and NeRAIN volunteers can be found in the table below.  

Although widespread flooding did not occur, localized areas of flooding were noted, including along the Thompson Creek near Riverton in Franklin County.


24-hour Rainfall 
Total (Inches)

 Bladen 1.7 ESE


 Republican City 1.7 NW


Blue Hill 2.2 NE


Blue Hill 4SW


Upland 5.4 SSE 


Glenvil 8.3 SW 


The rainfall reports used for the map above 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.

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

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