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Storm brings wind, rain to NW Kansas





Mother Nature huffed and she puffed, and she finally blew in a bit of rain during the weekend.

The wind was troublesome, causing some downed tree limbs and a power line in the Colby area.

The rain, however, was the star of the storm, with rainfall totals of nearly 2 inches reported throughout the area.

One of the highest rainfall reports came from the west side of Hays, with a total of 1.92 inches, according to data posted on CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, an online network of weather observers who record rainfall totals.

But it was a fairly localized storm, with less than a tenth of an inch of rain reported in the eastern reaches of Trego County.

Central Ellis County, including Hays, received more than an inch from the storm.

After moving into Russell County, rainfall amounts started tapering off, save for several reports of approximately 1.5 inches in the northwest corner of the county.

Russell authorities also contended with the wind, reporting a gust of 72 mph in the city.

The Goodland area also had to deal with wind, and the National Weather Service reported slightly more than an inch of rain Sunday.

Hill City reported 1.3 inches -- a quarter of what the city previously had received this year. With Sunday's rain, Hill City has received 6.77 inches of precipitation, 3.28 inches behind normal.

Aside from downed limbs, damage from the wind was limited, although pieces from a gazebo in Goodland were blown off, as were shingles on a house, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

A tree was blown down in Osborne, where a wind gust of 70 mph was reported.