June 16th, 2013: Severe Weather Strikes Primarily Western Portions of the Area

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June 16, 2013

  Father's Day Large Hail, Damaging Winds and Heavy Rain

To the right is a National Weather Service Radar loop, valid from 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 16th to 1:45 a.m. CDT on Sunday, June 17th.

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

(Click Radar Loop To Enlarge)

Detailed Event Summary:

During the late afternoon and evening hours on Father's Day, a
n upper level disturbance shifting out of the Rocky Mountains and onto the Central Plains brought yet another round of severe thunderstorms to south central Nebraska and north central Kansas.  Activity initially developed over western portions of South Dakota and Nebraska, and gradually shifted south-southeast across Nebraska and into Kansas.  Along with sufficient deep layer shear for severe thunderstorms, an axis of higher dewpoints and resultant instability nosing into the region aided this activity.  The event started out with large hail and damaging winds being the primary concerns, but as thunderstorms shifted into far southern Nebraska and north central Kansas later in the evening, the event transitioned to mainly a damaging wind problem.

Hail up to the size of golf balls was reported across portions of south central Nebraska.  Looking at wind reports, a semi truck and trailer were blown over on Interestate 80 near Overton and 60 to 70 mph winds were reported across much of north central Kansas.

Some of the notable preliminary reports from Sunday afternoon and evening follow below:

  • Estimated wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph were reported across most of Smith County, KS - including a measured 66 mph gust from the Smith Center Airport AWOS.
  • An estimated wind gust of 70 mph was reported near Downs of Osborne County, KS.  Reports of tree damage were received from the towns of Downs and Osborne.
  • Strong thunderstorm wind gusts resulted in a semi truck and trailer being blown over on Interstate 80 near mile marker 243, or approximately 6 miles west-southwest of Overton.
  • Golf ball size hail (1.75") was reported in Overton, near Litchfield and 8 miles north of Holdrege.
  • Quarter size hail (1.0") was reported in Axtell and near Elm Creek.
  • Storm total rainfall of 4.90" was reported 4 miles southwest of Jewell of Jewell County, KS.  Minor flooding was reported along the Brown Creek in southern Jewell and northern Mitchell counties.
  • Flooding, including water over rural roads, was reported along the Thompson Creek in western Franklin County.

June 16, 2013 storm reports.
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This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

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