It was the perfect storm with heavy rains causing a deluge in southwest Nebraska

May 26, 2023
Call it the perfect storm with everything coming together to cause flooding rains in southwest Nebraska this morning
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 6:54 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - You can call it the perfect storm that occurred over the southwestern Nebraska this morning as the ingredients came together to make for a deluge that lead to flooded properties and washed out roads. It can all be seen playing out looking at the satellite and radar loop over the the past 12 hours as we had existing showers and thunderstorms from last night continue to stick around into today. Typically we would see this type of activity fizzle out after sun set. That wasn’t the case though thanks to diverging winds aloft, colliding outflow boundaries from storms in northeast and an existing mid level low spinning over southwest Nebraska. These ingredients allowed for showers and storms to continue thriving overnight and into the day today. With winds light aloft as well, these storms moved ever so slowly dumping anywhere from 5 to 10 inches over southwest counties. McCook picked up almost 7 inches of rain and Palisade almosy 7.5 inches. These heavy rains caused both the Frenchman and Stinking Water Creeks to reach record crests and spill over their banks this morning. The flood waters have receded out west, however, heads up downstream on the North Platte and more concerning on the Republican River. As there are flood warnings into Furnas county until mid day Tuesday. The water has to go somewhere.