By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Ominous clouds filled the skies on Sunday afternoon, Father’s Day, as a massive storm front moved through this area.
The storm brought high winds, rain, hail and a possible tornado.
Sirens blew in Imperial Sunday afternoon, warning of the storm’s severity.
Wheat and corn fields east of Imperial, north of Enders and west of Wauneta suffered damage.
Some of the worst hail damage occurred several miles north of the Chase/Perkins County line, west of Hwy. 61.
One local crop consultant said one customer lost nine circles of corn from the hail in that area. The farmer was going back in with soybeans, starting Wednesday.
Wheat fields in that area were literally mown down almost to the ground. In some fields, the hail was several inches deep, covering what was left of the wheat, according to several reports.
Closer to Imperial, two center pivots north and west of town suffered significant damage.
A pivot owned by Max Kaiser, located just south of AK Acres, was damaged by winds or possible funnel. Instead of tipping over the entire pivot, only the first two towers went over.
About a mile west of there, Dick Banks had a pivot where most of the towers were overturned during the storm.
Crews were busy Tuesday repairing Kaiser’s pivot while Banks said he will put up a new one.
He said it should be dropped on the ground Friday, ready for erection.
Rain from the storm was spotty, with areas near Grant receiving at least an inch.
Some of the heaviest rain occurred near Enders with one NeRAIN recorder reporting 1.78 inches. However, much of Chase County received .084 inches or less, down to 0.10 inches in western Chase County.
Daily reports of rainfall for the Upper Republican Natural Resources District from NeRain reporters can be found online at http://nerain.dnr.ne.gov/nerain/ .