Sep. 4, 2012: Damaging Winds Affect Southern Portions of the Area

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September 4, 2012

Damaging Winds Across Far Southern
Nebraska and North Central Kansas

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop, valid from 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4th through 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4th.

The NWS Hastings coverage area is located within the orange outlined area, with the interstate highways in red.

(Click Radar Loop To Enlarge)

Event Summary:

An upper level disturbance moving south out of central Canada and onto the northern and central plains, working with a surface boundary draped across the region, brought a round of scattered thunderstorms to portions of the NWS Hastings coverage area during the late afternoon and early evening hours of Tuesday, September 4th.  Though shear and instability were modest at best, some thunderstorms were able to become severe, primarily a cluster which passed east through north central Kansas and far southern portions of Nuckolls and Thayer Counties of south central Nebraska.  Widespread damaging thunderstorm wind gusts of at least 60-70 MPH and heavy rainfall accompanied these thunderstorms, but only one hail report (0.75" diameter) was received.  Locations including Downs, Woodston, Osborne, Stockton and Cawker City in Kansas, as well as Superior and Hebron Nebraska, were affected by these winds.

Some of the notable PRELIMINARY severe weather reports from this event (final reports will be collected over the next several days/weeks):

  • Thunderstorm wind damage in and near Downs, KS (Osborne County) included a carport being blown over, several 6 to 8 inch diameter tree limbs downed and the second story of a house under construction on Highway 24 being knocked down.
  • Wind gusts estimated at 70 mph near Osborne, KS (Osborne County) snapped power poles, blew the roof off of a shed and heavily damaged a grain bin.  Penny size hail (0.75") was also reported in Osborne.
  • Near Woodston, KS (Rooks County) wind gusts damaged approximately 40 power poles and blew 15 to 20 hay bales across a road.
  • In both Stockton and Zurich, KS (Rooks County) trees were uprooted.  Also, a garage roof was blown off and a shed was knocked over in Stockton.
  • Outflow winds from a thunderstorm resulted in roof damage to a two-story apartment building in downtown Superior, NE (Nuckolls County), and damaged a golf cart shed under construction in Hebron, NE (Thayer County)
  • A 60 mph wind gust was recorded by the AWOS located at the Phillipsburg Airport, KS (Phillips County).
  • Wind gusts estimated at 60 mph by a Cooperative Observer in Cawker City, KS (Mitchell County) knocked over a 12 inch diameter tree onto a house.  2 inches of rain was also reported.
  • In Formoso, KS (Jewell County), thunderstorm winds knocked a tree down onto power lines, which started a house fire.
  • 2.76" of rain fell in Cawker City KS in around 45 minutes

Storm Report Map from
September 4, 2012

September 4, 2012 storm reports.
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