Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event High Wind
Magnitude 35 kts.
State NEBRASKA
County/Area HOWARD
WFO GID
Report Source ASOS
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-11-26 10:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2011-11-26 14:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend was one of the overall windiest days of fall 2011 across South Central Nebraska, with several hours of sustained north-northwest winds around 40 MPH, accompanied by gusts into the 50-55 MPH range. The strongest winds primarily focused west of a line from Fullerton to Red Cloud, with a few of the highest measured gusts at automated airport sites including 55 MPH at Ord and 53 MPH at both Hastings and Lexington. These winds resulted in at least minor damage across the area, including in Greeley, where a light pole was tipped and shingles were blown off of some buildings.
These winds occurred in the wake of a strong upper level low pressure system and associated powerful surface cold front, and were driven by the combination of a tight surface pressure gradient and deep mixing. The strongest winds buffeted the area for a 12-18 hour period, as the initial surge arrived during the pre-dawn hours. Most locations didn't reach peak intensity until late morning or early afternoon, and speeds quickly subsided by sunset or shortly thereafter. Attesting to the strength of the surface pressure gradient, 8 AM CST observations revealed a 20-millibar gradient across the state of Nebraska, ranging from 1033mb in the western Panhandle to around 1013mb in the far southeast corner of the state.
The combination of these strong winds, along with very low relative humidity values dropping to near 20% or lower, also resulted in elevated to critical fire danger across much of the region. At least a few grass fires were sparked, including one near Alda in Hall County that was detected by NWS Doppler radar as the smoke plume rose in height.
Event Narrative Automated stations near the county recorded sustained winds in excess of 40 mph.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAWSON (ZONE) DAWSON (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 37 kts. MS 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREELEY (ZONE) GREELEY (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NANCE (ZONE) NANCE (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERRICK (ZONE) MERRICK (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEARNEY (ZONE) KEARNEY (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARLAN (ZONE) HARLAN (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUFFALO (ZONE) BUFFALO (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FURNAS (ZONE) FURNAS (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PHELPS (ZONE) PHELPS (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOSPER (ZONE) GOSPER (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOWARD (ZONE) HOWARD (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VALLEY (ZONE) VALLEY (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 36 kts. MS 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERMAN (ZONE) SHERMAN (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) NE 11/26/2011 10:00 CST-6 High Wind 35 kts. ES 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K