The first significant thunderstorm of the season rolled through Hastings Wednesday night and this morning, delivering a bit of everything from high winds and hail to a sound soaking of the area.
Rain counts were highest in the Doniphan area, where a 4.15-inch reading was reported. In Hastings, totals ranged from 2.63 inches at the National Weather Service station to 2.16 at Hastings Municipal Airport, with quarter- to 2-inch-sized hail confirmed locally, said Ryan Pfannkuch, meteorologist at the NWS.
The 20-mile-wide storm band followed a diagonal line from Phillipsburg, Kan., and Ragan northeast through Hastings and Minden toward Aurora and Osceola, barely affecting areas along its outskirts.
“It was a much-needed rain, the first widespread thunderstorm event of the season,” Pfannkuch said. “It was one of those rains where it was heavily dependent on where you lived whether or not you were in that band.
“It wasn’t a major severe weather event, but it truly was the first severe weather and heavy rainfall event of 2014 for our local area. There were 14 hours of at least light rain in the area, so it was a nice soaker.”