March 9-10, 2013
Thunderstorms, Snow and
To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop, valid from 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th to 7:35 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th.
The NWS Hastings coverage area is located
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|Burr Oak, KS (photo by Leah Garman)||Smith Center, KS (photo by Bob Levine)||Grand Island, NE (photo by Jeff Bullin)|| Beloit, KS (photo by Gary Thomas)
A complex weather situation took shape across the Central Plains between Saturday, March 9, 2013, and Sunday the 10th. Initially on the afternoon of March 9th, a narrow line of strong thunderstorms developed along a passing cold front, some containing small hail, which affected many areas near and east of Highway 281. Nickel size hail was reported six miles north of Esbon, KS. In addition to small hail, some of these storms contained locally heavy rainfall, with the 1.17" of precipitation recorded at Hastings Municipal Airport setting a daily record for March 9th (precipitation records for Hastings, NE date back to 1895).
Where appreciable snow fell, Saturday night and Sunday, the visibility was one-half mile or less for most of the daylight hours Sunday. In fact, the visibility was frequently much lower. This storm was officially classified a blizzard, at Hastings and York, where visibility sensors are available. However, blizzard conditions occurred, for virtually all areas, where snowfall accumulated. There are three specific criteria for a storm to be classified a blizzard (and they have nothing to do with how much snow fell):
The official snowfall for Hastings on March 10th was 5.3 inches, which set a new calendar day snowfall record. The previous record was 5.0 inches set in 1907. In Grand Island, the daily snowfall record for March 10th was tied at 3.5 inches. This record was previously set in 1962.
The snow, heavy at times, was accompanied by intense north winds of 25 to 35 mph, gusting to over 50 mph at times. Hastings, NE reported the highest wind gust at 54 mph across the local area, with a list of some of the more notable wind gusts displayed in the table below.
The table below reflects final snowfall totals of 5" or more, across the area, from NWS Cooperative Observers, County Officials, NeRAIN/CoCoRaHS observers. The NWS Hastings thanks everyone who provided observation for this event.
Webber, KS Burr Oak, KS Superior, NE Fairfield, NE 5.0"
Burr Oak, KS
Take a look at the visible satellite image from midday Monday. The white arrows indicate the dramatic west edge of the snow cover.
|This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.|