National Weather Service confirms 12 tornadoes from Wednesday’s storms

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- The National Weather Service offices in Hastings, Nebraska and Omaha, Nebraska confirm twelve tornadoes hit Nebraska.  The tornadoes were spawned from a line of thunderstorms that crossed the state.

Tornado Count

NWS-Hastings has confirmed seven tornadoes in Nebraska while NWS-Omaha has confirmed five tornadoes in Nebraska – mainly in the Beaver Lake area.  The twelve tornadoes range in intensity from EF-0 to EF-2.

  • EF-0: 2
  • EF-1: 7
  • EF-2: 3

Crews from the NWS will continue surveying areas of Nebraska to determine if damage is from a tornado or straight line winds.

The twelve tornadoes surpasses the record number of tornadoes for the state in December.  It also surpasses the total number of tornadoes in the month since 1950 (5).

The following is the survey information provided by the National Weather Service for each tornado in the Channel 8 viewing area.

.CAMPBELL AREA TORNADO

Tornado 1

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 85 mph
Path Length /statute/: 14.108 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 100.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 01:29 PM CST
Start Location: 2 S Campbell / Franklin County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 40.2676 / -98.7285

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 01:41 PM CST
End Location: 3 SW Roseland / Adams County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 40.4306 / -98.5945

Survey Summary:
This intermittent tornado path started near the Franklin and Webster county line south of Campbell. As it tracked northeast, some power poles, an irrigation pivot and minor building occurred east of Campbell. The tornado crossed into Adams county and tipped a few more pivots and caused minor damage to home.

 

.BLUE HILL AREA TORNADO

Tornado 2

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length /statute/: 15.0057 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 180.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 01:44 PM CST
Start Location: 3 WSW Blue Hill / Webster County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 40.3214 / -98.5025

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 01:56 PM CST
End Location: 4 W Glenvil / Adams County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 40.492 / -98.3325

Survey Summary:
This intermittent tornado path started west of Blue Hill, including some irrigation pipe strewn into a tree line, along with tree damage a couple miles west of town. The tornado moved northeast, upsetting more pivots. The 100 mph wind estimate (EF1) was assigned based upon the snapping of power poles southeast of Ayr. Spotters saw the tornado west of Glenvil, where it upset another pivot before lifting.

 

.ROSEDALE ROAD TORNADO

Tornado 3

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length /statute/: 8.6535 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 150.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 01:53 PM CST
Start Location: 5 NNE Juniata / Adams County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 40.6551 / -98.4578

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 02:01 PM CST
End Location: 1 S Doniphan / Hall County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 40.7598 / -98.3696

Survey Summary:
The Rosedale tornado impacted three farmsteads. The 100 mph rating (EF1) was assigned based upon the collapse of an outbuilding at one farmstead. Partial roof loss was noted at one home, while another home had some superficial damage. Again, more pivots were overturned. The tornadic circulation probably crossed U.S. Highway 281 near the fuel supply facility south of Doniphan before lifting a mile or so south of Doniphan.

 

.TRUMBULL AREA TORNADO

Tornado 4

Rating: EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind: 75 mph
Path Length /statute/: 7.289 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 60.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 02:00 PM CST
Start Location: 1 SSW Trumbull / Adams County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 40.6662 / -98.2786

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 02:06 PM CST
End Location: 3 SW Giltner / Hamilton County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 40.7407 / -98.1844

Survey Summary:
This intermittent tornado damaged a horse barn south of Trumbull as it began its roughly seven mile path. As it moved northeast, most of the observable damage was to a couple of irrigation pivots along with a snapped tree.

 

.AURORA TORNADO

Tornado 5

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length /statute/: 11.1217 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 400.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 02:11 PM CST
Start Location: 4 SSE Giltner / Hamilton County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 40.724 / -98.1115

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 02:19 PM CST
End Location: Aurora / Hamilton County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 40.8615 / -98.0024

Tornado 6

Survey Summary:
This tornado actually started four miles southeast of Giltner and traveled northeast into Aurora. The 100 mph wind speed estimate (EF1) was assigned mostly based upon snapped power poles. There were numerous irrigation pivots damaged along the path. The tornado crossed Interstate 80 about two miles west of the Aurora interchange. The tornado entered the southwest side of Aurora near the fairgrounds. Metal cladding was peeled from storage facilities nearby and there were several spots of tree damage. The tornado lifted around 12th and S streets just south of the railroad tracks.

 

.KRONBORG/HORDVILLE TORNADO

Tornado 7

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length /statute/: 12.085 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 400 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 02:26 PM CST
Start Location: 5 ESE Marquette / Hamilton County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 40.9688 / -97.9153

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 02:37 PM CST
End Location: 2 N Polk / Polk County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 41.1107 / -97.7841

Survey Summary:
This tornado was probably one of the more classic looking tornadoes, at least when reviewing pictures. This tornado started southeast of Kronborg and rapidly moved northeast. The 100 wind speed estimate (EF1) was assigned primarily based upon snapped power poles, but a hog facility was heavily damaged about two miles into the path of the tornado. The tornado crossed Highway 66 two miles west of Polk. Just before it lifted north of town, the tornado took down a large metal building.

 

.EASTERN POLK AREA TORNADO

Tornado 8

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length /statute/: 7.5826 miles
Path Width /maximum/: 350.0 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: 12/15/2021
Start Time: 02:35 PM CST
Start Location: 3 ESE Polk / Polk County / NE
Start Lat/Lon: 41.061 / -97.7318

End Date: 12/15/2021
End Time: 02:43 PM CST
End Location: 5 NW Stromsburg / Polk County / NE
End Lat/Lon: 41.1632 / -97.681

Survey Summary:
This tornado started southeast of Polk and crossed Highway 66 about 2 miles east of town. The 100 mph wind estimate (EF1) was assigned based upon multiple stretches of power poles snapped. Several pivots were overturned on its 7.5 mile path across the rural countryside.

 

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