This summary looks at a large, damaging tornado that hit portions of Wayne, NE on October 4, 2014. It reached peak intensity at the Wayne Municipal Airport. The Wayne tornado was the first EF-4 to affect the state of Nebraska since May 22, 2004.
Say the words “Pilger” and everyone in the weather community knows what you’re talking about. On the afternoon of June 16, 2014, a supercell thunderstorm would produce 5 tornadoes, one rated EF-0 and four rated EF-4, across northeastern Nebraska. This summary delves into this remarkable event!
5 tornadoes are a part of the SPC Database for September 18, 1986. We look at the strongest, an F3 that traveled from Jewell and Republic Counties in KS into Nuckolls County, NE. It hit the town of Hardy, NE.
There were 3 reported tornadoes on August 16, 1968. The strongest was an F3 that hit parts of Douglas County, NE and the city of Omaha. Significant damage occurred in the Bel Air section.
What happened August 13, 1952 in Saunders and Cass Counties, NE? Well, once again I had to do a little detective work to find clues and draw some conclusions. There were several discrepancies.
This tornado made a quick jaunt of nearly 4 miles just north of Scottsbluff, NE on July 26, 1993. It was the strongest tornado of 6 that were confirmed on this day.
A significant tornado crossed through parts of Cuming and Burt Counties in Nebraska on July 15, 1950. This is the only tornado recorded in the SPC database for this date. Note: Several newspapers reported there was another tornado on this day of “less intensity” near Cordova, 90 miles southwest of Omaha.
This tornado path started North of Pilger in NE Stanton County. It clipped Stanton/Cuming County border and moved into Wayne County. It dissipated in Thurston County, NW of the town of Thurston. There was 1 fatality SE of Winside. And according to the Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS), we should include 1 injury.
7 out of the 11 tornadoes that occurred on June 15, 1990 were in the state of Nebraska. The strongest was an F4 that grew at times to be 1.5 miles wide. It began just NW of Stratton. It was a multi-vortex tornado at this time that merged near Macklin Bay on Swanson Lake.
A quick-hitting tornado later rated F4 caused significant damage to a few farms, a house and 5 other buildings on this day in 1956. The damage was found North of Pleasanton.