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.
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.