25th Annual Severe Weather Workshop Held at Wilber Clatonia High School

BEATRICE – It’s coming up on the one-year anniversary of a storm that helped negate a myth, about Nebraska’s Capitol City of Lincoln.

:17                  “myth went away”

UNL Climatologist Dr. Ken Dewey made a presentation at Saturday’s 25th Annual Severe Weather and Family Safety Workshop, at Wilber-Clatonia High School.

A tornado formed from a severe thunderstorm that pounded southeast Lincoln with large hail, May 9th of last year.

:16                  “five miles away from it”

Dewey’s southeast Lincoln property was one of those hit by hail, and the tornado forming near 56th and Pine Lake was easily visible from his home.  The day of the storm, Lincoln was considered by the National Weather Service to be in an area of marginal risk, for storm activity.  The tornado came at about 4:25 p.m., but the storm packing the large hail extended to about 6 p.m., that day.

:15                  “sun was out”

People out in their cars along Nebraska Highway 2 ran head-on, into hail as large as baseballs, in some areas.

:09                  “without their windows”

Rainfall totals that day in southeast Lincoln ranged from about 4.3 inches to some unofficial reports of 7 inches.   Cars, homes, office buildings and Hidden Valley Golf Course sustained heavy hail damage, with some stones punching holes in roofs and piling up like snow, on yards.

Saturday’s workshop put on by Saline Weather Services headed by B.J. Fictum, featured displays, an Urban Tornado Assault Vehicle owned by storm chaser Steve Worthington of Hutchinson, Kansas, and various educational and safety presentations.

A weather poster contest for the event featured the work of Saline County third graders.  The winners of the contest included.

1st       Hayden Woerner, Wilber-Clatonia

2nd       Dawson Specht, Meridian Public

3rd       Camrey Draeger, Crete Intermediate School

4th       Hayden Franssen, Exeter-Milligan

5th       Taylin Schluter, Friend


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