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Butler County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 
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The chance of earthquake damage in Butler County is about the same as Nebraska average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Butler County is higher than Nebraska average and is much higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #9

Butler County
0.06
Nebraska
0.04
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Butler County
0.0000
Nebraska
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #19

Butler County
241.11
Nebraska
205.07
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 14,579 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Butler County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:82Cold:140Dense Fog:9Drought:17
Dust Storm:2Flood:885Hail:7,452Heat:34Heavy Snow:87
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:47Landslide:0Strong Wind:171
Thunderstorm Winds:4,924Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:249Winter Weather:71
Other:409 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Butler County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Butler County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Butler County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 67 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Butler County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.71990-03-13441°02'N / 97°20'W41°26'N / 97°02'W30.00 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Butler
10.21970-06-10241°17'N / 96°57'W0025K0Butler
12.22006-09-15241°06'N / 97°19'W41°07'N / 97°18'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0000Butler
 Brief Description: A tornado did extensive tree damage and some structual damage throughout the town of Surprise including destroying a mobile home and tearing the roof off of a bar. The tornado was embedded in a larger downburst area that did damage over a 28 square mile area surrounding Surprise according a NWS storm survey. The tornado was rated an F2 in Surprise, where it initially touched down, and then weakened and lifted a few minutes later 1 mile northeast of town.
12.61953-06-07241°21'N / 97°04'W41°25'N / 96°57'W6.90 Miles33 Yards02250K0Butler
14.91964-05-05541°03'N / 97°34'W41°21'N / 97°16'W25.80 Miles880 Yards0025K0Polk
16.01990-03-13441°26'N / 97°02'W41°27'N / 97°00'W4.00 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Colfax
16.61952-08-13341°28'N / 97°17'W41°26'N / 97°13'W3.30 Miles1300 Yards000K0Colfax
17.51990-03-13441°02'N / 97°22'W41°02'N / 97°20'W4.00 Miles440 Yards0025.0M0Seward
19.21952-08-13341°21'N / 97°10'W41°15'N / 96°23'W41.10 Miles1300 Yards010K0Butler
20.01964-05-06241°19'N / 96°48'W41°21'N / 96°45'W2.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Saunders
21.11998-06-23241°29'N / 97°18'W41°33'N / 97°13'W6.00 Miles1760 Yards0174.0M500KPlatte
 Brief Description: Two farm houses destroyed. Six farm houses severely damaged. One house blown off foundation. Bar destroyed. Center pivots overturned. Severe crop damage.
22.31975-06-15341°21'N / 97°57'W40°45'N / 97°02'W63.20 Miles200 Yards00250K0Nance
23.12001-06-13440°51'N / 97°05'W40°57'N / 96°59'W8.00 Miles400 Yards021.0M0Seward
 Brief Description: A slow moving tornado tracked from south of Seward to just east of town with a total track length of 8 miles. The tornado was caught on film by several chasers. The tornado destroyed an entire farmstead and a propane and anhydrous ammonia tank farm and machine shed. Several vehicles were tumbled and tossed into a field across from the farm house. The tornado was at its maximum intensity at the farmstead it destroyed. Northeast of highway 34 the tornado struck several sheds and barns.
23.21966-05-22241°07'N / 96°48'W41°10'N / 96°36'W10.60 Miles33 Yards010K0Saunders
23.61967-06-13241°59'N / 97°23'W41°05'N / 97°17'W62.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Stanton
23.71991-05-16240°48'N / 97°13'W40°58'N / 97°01'W11.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Seward
23.81992-06-15241°10'N / 97°35'W2.00 Miles150 Yards00250K0Polk
24.61968-07-30241°10'N / 97°39'W41°07'N / 97°32'W6.40 Miles200 Yards02250K0Polk
24.91965-05-08241°25'N / 97°21'W41°44'N / 97°09'W24.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Platte
25.41957-06-15240°47'N / 97°14'W40°56'N / 97°04'W13.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Seward
25.41959-08-30240°55'N / 96°52'W4.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lancaster
25.91985-05-10240°53'N / 97°20'W0.50 Mile400 Yards042.5M0Seward
26.31982-05-20241°34'N / 97°04'W41°37'N / 96°55'W5.00 Miles30 Yards003K0Colfax
26.41998-06-23241°36'N / 97°04'W41°36'N / 96°59'W2.70 Miles1000 Yards0000Colfax
 Brief Description: Debris on highway.
26.51962-07-21341°06'N / 97°47'W41°24'N / 97°30'W25.20 Miles880 Yards01250K0Polk
26.61992-06-15340°46'N / 96°57'W40°58'N / 96°57'W14.00 Miles500 Yards0125.0M0Seward
26.71957-06-21340°54'N / 97°28'W40°54'N / 97°21'W5.40 Miles33 Yards00250K0York
26.81959-05-20241°14'N / 96°37'W12.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Saunders
29.41964-05-23240°50'N / 97°13'W40°46'N / 97°05'W7.90 Miles60 Yards00250K0Seward
29.71982-05-20241°37'N / 96°55'W41°37'N / 96°52'W2.00 Miles30 Yards003K0Dodge
29.81977-05-04341°36'N / 97°08'W41°43'N / 97°07'W7.60 Miles200 Yards00250K0Colfax
30.01963-04-28241°35'N / 97°01'W41°40'N / 96°47'W13.10 Miles300 Yards0025K0Colfax
30.31981-04-03240°52'N / 96°52'W40°53'N / 96°42'W8.30 Miles50 Yards00250K0Lancaster
31.81953-05-09340°46'N / 97°09'W40°46'N / 97°03'W4.70 Miles880 Yards022.5M0Seward
31.92001-10-09341°05'N / 97°50'W41°15'N / 97°39'W16.00 Miles1500 Yards001.8M800KPolk
 Brief Description: A strong tornado entered Polk County from Hamilton County. A powerful upper level low pressure system plowing into an unstable airmass triggered widespread severe weather across south-central Nebraska during the late afternoon and evening hours. As many as nine tornadoes were confirmed and many reports of hail were received. The tornado damage was confined to an area located north and east of Grand Island, which included Merrick, Nance, Polk, Greeley, and Hamilton counties. The tornadoes got going west of Marquette. One twister set down in Hamilton county and crossed the Platte River southeast of Chapman. Damage to outbuildings was of most significance. Other tornadoes were reported in the Marquette area, with one tornado on the ground for 12 miles from south of Marquette to southeast of Hordville. This tornado was rated an F1 and produced minor structural damage to buildings and grain bins at several farms. Power lines were lost and several trees were blown over. Numerous center pivot irrigation systems were damaged. Just before 6 pm CDT, the most damaging tornado of the day developed near the Polk and Hamilton county line, and proceeded northeast across western Polk county, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Storm chaser reports indicated this tornado frequently became multi-vortex in nature and produced a wide swath of damage. Three miles north of Polk, a home was completely ripped from its foundation and blown into some nearby trees. The tornado was rated an F3 at this point. Along its 18 mile path, the tornado damaged over 20 center pivots, and nearly every farmstead in the path of the tornado sustained damage to the home, outbuildings, machinery or grain bins. This tornado lifted southwest of Silver Creek. Just prior to the F3 tornado in Polk county, an F2 tornado was ripping up a farmstead in northern Merrick county. This tornado was responsible for tearing the roof from a home, destroying two large metal outbuildings and damage to a half-dozen vehicles. The tornado moved north and destroyed a barn on the Nance and Merrick county line, but narrowly missed the home. Window and siding damage was noted at the home. Later that evening, one final tornado was reported. This tornado moved from south of Silver Creek to northeast of Silver Creek just before sunset. The tornado clipped the southeast side of town, resulting in damage to the post office, several cars, trees, and 13 residences in town. Fortunately, most of the damage was minor.
32.01990-03-13440°43'N / 97°42'W41°02'N / 97°22'W23.00 Miles440 Yards0225.0M0York
32.51957-04-25440°42'N / 97°14'W40°49'N / 96°54'W19.00 Miles333 Yards182.5M0Seward
32.61957-05-20240°41'N / 97°15'W40°50'N / 96°50'W23.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Saline
32.91992-06-15340°44'N / 97°07'W40°46'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Seward
33.11984-06-12240°54'N / 96°50'W40°54'N / 96°30'W20.00 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Lancaster
35.01968-07-30240°50'N / 97°35'W40°50'N / 97°32'W0025K0York
35.21964-05-05540°51'N / 97°50'W41°03'N / 97°34'W19.40 Miles880 Yards2302.5M0York
35.41954-07-30240°52'N / 97°37'W1.50 Miles880 Yards0025K0York
35.71970-06-15241°26'N / 96°57'W41°33'N / 96°08'W42.90 Miles600 Yards000K0Butler
36.21952-08-13441°13'N / 96°35'W41°01'N / 96°19'W19.40 Miles110 Yards020250K0Saunders
37.81956-06-06240°44'N / 96°53'W40°42'N / 96°51'W1.30 Miles33 Yards013K0Lancaster
38.01957-04-25440°49'N / 96°54'W41°11'N / 96°02'W51.70 Miles333 Yards002.5M0Lancaster
38.81988-05-07241°07'N / 96°28'W41°07'N / 96°20'W7.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Saunders
41.71962-05-07241°36'N / 96°30'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0525K0Dodge
42.71957-04-25440°35'N / 97°34'W40°42'N / 97°14'W19.10 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Fillmore
42.91992-06-15340°29'N / 97°20'W40°44'N / 97°07'W19.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Saline
43.11978-05-30240°37'N / 97°27'W40°40'N / 97°24'W3.80 Miles30 Yards00250K0Fillmore
44.01952-06-26240°38'N / 96°56'W40°35'N / 96°55'W2.70 Miles33 Yards000K0Saline
44.31998-05-15240°40'N / 97°34'W40°41'N / 97°34'W4.00 Miles100 Yards00750K150KFillmore
 Brief Description: Midday thunderstorms spawned a tornado south of York damaging a farmstead significantly. The tornado set down two miles north of Fairmont and was on the ground for seven miles before lifting just east of McCool Junction. The tornado nearly destroyed at least one farmstead and caused damage to power poles and lines and center pivot systems. A semi tractor trailer was overturned three miles southeast of York. The driver sustained minor injuries. The same storm also produced a brief tornado south of Benedict destroying two hog confinement facilities but no hogs were injured.
45.12001-10-09241°15'N / 98°00'W41°17'N / 98°00'W3.00 Miles350 Yards00300K25KMerrick
 Brief Description: Tornado crossed from Merrick County into Nance County. A powerful upper level low pressure system plowing into an unstable airmass triggered widespread severe weather across south-central Nebraska during the late afternoon and evening hours. As many as nine tornadoes were confirmed and many reports of hail were received. The tornado damage was confined to an area located north and east of Grand Island, which included Merrick, Nance, Polk, Greeley, and Hamilton counties. The tornadoes got going west of Marquette. One twister set down in Hamilton county and crossed the Platte River southeast of Chapman. Damage to outbuildings was of most significance. Other tornadoes were reported in the Marquette area, with one tornado on the ground for 12 miles from south of Marquette to southeast of Hordville. This tornado was rated an F1 and produced minor structural damage to buildings and grain bins at several farms. Power lines were lost and several trees were blown over. Numerous center pivot irrigation systems were damaged. Just before 6 pm CDT, the most damaging tornado of the day developed near the Polk and Hamilton county line, and proceeded northeast across western Polk county, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Storm chaser reports indicated this tornado frequently became multi-vortex in nature and produced a wide swath of damage. Three miles north of Polk, a home was completely ripped from its foundation and blown into some nearby trees. The tornado was rated an F3 at this point. Along its 18 mile path, the tornado damaged over 20 center pivots, and nearly every farmstead in the path of the tornado sustained damage to the home, outbuildings, machinery or grain bins. This tornado lifted southwest of Silver Creek. Just prior to the F3 tornado in Polk county, an F2 tornado was ripping up a farmstead in northern Merrick county. This tornado was responsible for tearing the roof from a home, destroying two large metal outbuildings and damage to a half-dozen vehicles. The tornado moved north and destroyed a barn on the Nance and Merrick county line, but narrowly missed the home. Window and siding damage was noted at the home. Later that evening, one final tornado was reported. This tornado moved from south of Silver Creek to northeast of Silver Creek just before sunset. The tornado clipped the southeast side of town, resulting in damage to the post office, several cars, trees, and 13 residences in town. Fortunately, most of the damage was minor.
45.81984-06-17241°53'N / 97°15'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Stanton
45.91992-06-15240°54'N / 97°54'W0.10 Mile30 Yards002.5M0Hamilton
46.11988-05-07241°07'N / 96°20'W41°11'N / 96°10'W6.70 Miles73 Yards212.5M0Sarpy
47.01982-05-26241°00'N / 97°59'W0.80 Mile30 Yards00250K0Hamilton
47.01954-05-30441°44'N / 97°44'W41°45'N / 97°43'W002.5M0Platte
48.21952-08-13441°01'N / 96°19'W40°56'N / 96°13'W7.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cass
48.61953-05-09340°18'N / 97°27'W40°46'N / 97°09'W35.70 Miles880 Yards002.5M0Fillmore
49.01954-05-30441°45'N / 97°43'W41°59'N / 97°22'W24.00 Miles167 Yards6232.5M0Madison
49.11969-06-25241°45'N / 97°46'W41°56'N / 97°27'W20.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Madison
49.11984-04-25241°46'N / 97°45'W0.50 Mile3 Yards0125K0Madison
49.31950-07-15441°48'N / 96°36'W41°44'N / 96°25'W10.00 Miles440 Yards0332.5M0Burt
50.02008-05-29240°51'N / 98°02'W40°52'N / 97°53'W8.00 Miles1000 Yards0020K100KHamilton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado started southwest of Aurora and moved southeast. The parent supercell had produced a rear flank downdraft (RFD) that was traveling down Interstate 80. As the tornado interacted with this RFD about a mile north of the Interstate, it rapidly increased in size and strength and started to move eastward. At this point the tornado damaged several homes and brought down a self standing cell tower. One home along Highway 14 sustained considerable damage. The tornado then moved to the northeast and dissipated just southwest of the village of Hampton. To the west of Hampton, several empty rail cars were blown off the tracks by what appeared to be inflow winds into the tornado. A major high voltage power line was brought down by the tornado as well as many power lines and poles in the rural areas. Also many center pivot irrigation systems were blown over along the tornadoes path. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A significant severe weather outbreak occurred during the late afternoon and evening of May 29th. Several tornadoes were reported from near Elwood to north of York. Two tornadoes caused damage in the city of Kearney and one occurred just to the south of town. Another tornado damaged homes and power poles near Aurora. Another tornado started in north-central Kansas and entered south-central Nebraska near Hubbell. Very strong winds moved down a portion of Interstate 80 and pushed cars and trucks off of the roadway near Aurora. Other areas of south-central Nebraska received heavy rains and hail. Hail to the size of baseballs was reported near Arapahoe in Furnas County. These storms also produce a lot of rainfall over areas that had fairly wet ground. Several areas of flooding were noted in the Platte and Republican River valleys.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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