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Storms bring little rain, hail

5/11/2014

By The Hays Daily News

Severe storms tracked across portions of northwest Kansas on Sunday, bringing small amounts of rain and some hail.

The storms began to fire in the late afternoon, bringing reports of hail with them.

In the small town of Alexander, located in Rush County, there were reports of 1-inch hail, according to preliminary reports by the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

Natoma, in Osborne County, reported 1.75-inch hail.

Wind also was a factor in Osborne County. Nickel-size hail fell, pushed by 60 mph wind gusts. The NWS in Grand Island, Neb., estimated nearly 0.75 of an inch of rain fell in 20 minutes as the storm moved through.

Smith Center also reported 1-inch hail from the storm system.

In northern Ness County, 5 miles east-northeast of Arnold had reports of 1.75-inch hail.

A storm chaser did report multiple vortices in Pawnee County from the storms, but no damage was reported. Four miles north of Rozel, there were reports of the ground being covered with golfball-sized hail.

The heaviest rain, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, fell in southeast Rush County, where 1.60 inches was reported.

Rain in Ellis County ranged from 0.02 of an inch to half an inch, according to reports by CoCoRaHS, and 0.88 of an inch was reported in southeast Russell County. Osborne County had reports of an inch of rain in some spots. At the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center south of Hays, there was 0.40 of an inch of rain reported.