Storm nothing more than a big wash locally

A cluster of thunderstorms carrying heavy rainfall caused minor street flooding locally while giving the area a good soaking Sunday afternoon and evening.

At Hastings Regional Airport, 1.13 inches of rain was reported during the storm, which started around 1 p.m. and continued through 6 p.m., said Phil Beta, hydrometerological technician at the National Weather Service near Hastings.

Though it fell hard at times, the rain was not accompanied by reports of hail locally, he said. All in all, it was less than expected.

“We had a bit more cloud cover over us yesterday and that kind of kept the storms from becoming more powerful,” Beda said. “We didn’t get the heating we were expecting because of the clouds, and that made the thunderstorms not as strong as they could have been, which is a good thing.”

At Hastings Street Department, workers were out early this morning checking inlet grates for blockage, though there were no reports received of flooding or damage, said Richard Douglas, street superintendent.

“We haven’t had any reports of tree limbs down or flooding,” he said.

While the weather service received reports of over-the curb flooding around Ayr, Adams County Sheriff’s Department could not confirm the reports as of this morning, dispatcher Jon Bornemeier said.

With Sunday’s rain, the rain count in Hastings increased to 8.07 inches since Jan. 1. That is 1.89 inches below normal value for this time of year, Beda said.

That count could be in for some adjusting on Tuesday, however, as early reports of possible severe weather indicate heavy rain and hail could be on the way.

Parts of Nebraska, including Adams County, and northcentral Kansas are within the moderate risk area for the storms, which are expected to bring damaging winds, large hail and the possibility of a few strong tornados, Beda said.

Additional information on the storms is available online at the Storm Prediction Center website or the NWS web site at following precipitation totals for 7 a.m. Sunday through 7 a.m. today were reported through the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network:

Southeast of Deweese: 3.14 inches

Northwest of Lawrence: 2.96

North of Nelson: 2.35

Northeast of Superior: 1.75

Southeast of Ruskin: 2.18

Southeast of Byron: 1.33

Northeast of Ayr: 2.55

Southeast of Hastings: 2.10

Southwest of Hastings: 1.72

Southwest of Juniata: 1.20

Southeast of Minden: 1.88

West of Clay Center: 2.38

Southeast of Harvard: 1.53

Southeast of Grafton: .92

Southeast of Fairmont: .70

South of Fairfield: 1.57

Northwest of Milligan: .96

East of Davenport: 2.20

Northeast of Hebron: 1.99

Northwest of Gilead: 1.90

Southeast of Bladen: 1.80

East of Red Cloud: 1.79

Smith Center, Kan.: 2.31 (courtesy of Bob Levin)

Northwest of Republican City: 1.7

Southwest of Naponee: 1.63

Southeast of Guide Rock: 1.59

Southeast of Upland: 1.34

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