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Gosper County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #33

Gosper County

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

Gosper County

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, #54

Gosper County

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 11,465 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gosper County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:14Cold:23Dense Fog:0Drought:13
Dust Storm:0Flood:305Hail:7,379Heat:0Heavy Snow:29
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:9Landslide:0Strong Wind:54
Thunderstorm Winds:3,245Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:84Winter Weather:13

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gosper County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Gosper County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 45 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gosper County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
10.11969-06-10240°32'N / 99°38'W2.00 Miles400 Yards000K0Phelps
11.51977-05-30240°37'N / 100°01'W40°37'N / 99°58'W1.90 Miles50 Yards000K0Frontier
13.31956-10-29340°07'N / 100°07'W40°41'N / 99°07'W65.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Furnas
13.91954-04-20340°35'N / 100°08'W40°34'N / 100°01'W5.90 Miles1760 Yards0025K0Frontier
16.91975-07-21240°21'N / 100°07'W40°20'N / 100°00'W5.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Furnas
17.91998-10-16240°27'N / 99°34'W40°41'N / 99°25'W18.00 Miles500 Yards00400K1.0MPhelps
 Brief Description: An unusual October severe weather outbreak spawned a tornado which tore across parts of Phelps and western Buffalo counties. The tornado set down a few miles southwest of Loomis and rapidly moved northeast. Along its path in Phelps county, grain bins were damaged, power poles snapped and a roof was torn from a large storage building. One farmstead northeast of Loomis sustained major damage. The roof was ripped from the house and two walls were moved from the foundation. A pole barn was destroyed. Both the house and barn were a total loss. Once the storm crossed the Platte River, the tornado hit a trailer house just west of Elm Creek and deposited the shattered remains about 200 feet north of its original location. The tornado continued to move north and shortly dissipated. Another tornado formed from a different storm in northern Dawson county. This tornado passed through a farmstead causing tree damage, blew over grain bins, and damaged other buildings. The house sustained only minor damage.
18.21960-05-18240°33'N / 100°10'W4.50 Miles33 Yards01250K0Frontier
20.31969-06-22240°15'N / 99°39'W40°17'N / 99°34'W4.10 Miles33 Yards1025K0Furnas
24.91958-07-18240°25'N / 99°22'W6.00 Miles533 Yards02250K0Phelps
25.62007-04-20240°38'N / 100°16'W40°42'N / 100°16'W4.00 Miles220 Yards00240K0KFrontier
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado formed 4 miles southeast of Moorefield and tracked north for 4 miles before exiting Frontier County about 3 miles east northeast of Moorefield at 825 PM CST. The tornado continued into Lincoln County for another 13 miles before dissipating at 846 PM CST. As it touched down in Frontier County, it immediately hit a farmstead and took off the roof and attached garage on the house, collapsed a grain bin and carried a horse trailer across the road about 50 yards. The tornado continued north through fields overturning 3 pivot irrigation systems and several power poles before destroying a metal building on another farmstead. The tornado continued north across Highway 23 and traveled just west of one farmstead...breaking windows in the home and destroying a grain bin...and then east of another farmstead where it destroyed one small shed, took part of the roof off a hay barn, scattered irrigation pipe, destroyed a wind mill, and pulled a fence line out of the ground. Numerous trees were broken and uprooted along the path of the tornado. In Lincoln County, it continued to produce extensive damage at 2 more farmsteads. At one of these farmsteads, two adults were injured as their house was destroyed. The tornado was rated F2 in Frontier County and F3 in Lincoln County. The average path width in Frontier County was 220 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercells developed rapidly and became tornadic across southwest Nebraska during the evening of April 20th.
26.31975-04-22240°51'N / 100°03'W1.10 Miles20 Yards00250K0Dawson
27.91956-06-25240°13'N / 100°02'W40°01'N / 99°52'W16.20 Miles20 Yards0025K0Furnas
28.51992-07-29240°45'N / 100°16'W0.40 Mile50 Yards0025K0Lincoln
28.91991-05-30240°08'N / 99°35'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Harlan
29.41994-10-17240°28'N / 99°16'W4.00 Miles75 Yards00250K0Phelps
 Brief Description: A tornado moved across the western and northern parts of Holdrege. The roof of one business was removed. One residence was destroyed and three others were damaged. At the golf course, the clubhouse roof was damaged while the maintenance building and two golf cart sheds were destroyed. Sixty golf carts were damaged. Other brief tornado touchdowns were reported in Phelps County.
29.82000-10-31240°51'N / 99°51'W41°02'N / 99°46'W14.00 Miles200 Yards00125K0Dawson
 Brief Description: In a continuation of late season severe weather, a Halloween tornado moved across central and northern Dawson county and crossed into southern Custer county. The tornado, which was spawned from a large supercell thunderstorm, was on the ground in Dawson county for about 14 miles and had a maximum width of 200 yards. Most of the tornadoes path was over open country, but one farmstead in northern Dawson county did receive extensive damage. Part of the roof of the house was blown away and a barn was flattened. Pivots and other outbuildings along the tornadoes path were also damaged. Prior to the tornado itself, the same thunderstorm produced hail which covered the ground white just east of Cozad. Minor street flooding was reported in Cozad as well.
29.91975-06-18340°22'N / 100°22'W40°35'N / 100°25'W15.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Frontier
29.92007-04-20340°42'N / 100°16'W40°49'N / 100°19'W12.00 Miles440 Yards02180K0KLincoln
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado formed 4 miles southeast of Moorefield in Frontier County and entered Lincoln County about 23 miles south southeast of Brady at 8:25 PM CST. The tornadic supercell continued for another 12 miles before dissipating 14 miles south of Brady at 8:46 PM CST. In addition to power poles and trees being snapped off, the tornado hit 2 farmsteads. At the first farmstead, it completely destroyed one large storage building and took off the roof and northeast exterior wall of the home. At the farmstead across the road, the tornado completely destroyed an unanchored farm house and 3 storage sheds. The 2 occupants in the home were on the main floor of the home when the tornado hit and were carried with the debris 50 feet. The tornado was rated F2 in Frontier County and F3 in Lincoln County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercells developed rapidly and became tornadic across southwest Nebraska during the evening of April 20th.
30.01980-08-01240°15'N / 99°22'W0.10 Mile30 Yards0025K0Harlan
30.11958-06-30240°14'N / 100°18'W40°14'N / 100°14'W3.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Furnas
31.61990-03-13240°22'N / 99°14'W40°29'N / 99°14'W8.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Kearney
32.01975-06-18340°33'N / 100°21'W40°52'N / 100°24'W21.90 Miles33 Yards003K0Frontier
33.91975-06-18240°43'N / 100°14'W41°02'N / 100°17'W21.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lincoln
34.31959-07-07240°56'N / 100°10'W0025K0Dawson
35.02008-05-29240°39'N / 99°12'W40°39'N / 99°10'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0075K0KPhelps
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado started in northeast Phelps County and crossed into Buffalo County. The tornado did damage a couple of outbuildings and grain silos near the start of the damage 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.
35.72007-04-20240°52'N / 100°12'W41°02'N / 100°10'W12.00 Miles1320 Yards092.5M50KDawson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado touched down southwest of Gothenburg and traveled north. It crossed Interstate 80 and passed about 2 miles west of the town of Gothenburg. The twister continued to the north and crossed from Dawson County into Custer County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Scattered thunderstorms developed just west of the Hastings CWA. One storm entered extreme western Dawson County and produced hail and one tornado. The tornado started south of Gothenburg and moved north. It crossed Interstate 80 where several vehicles and semis were blown off the road with several injuries reported, thankfully, none serious. At one farmstead, the twister killed nearly a dozen head of cattle. The tornado damaged or destroyed many outbuildings and farmhouses. The storm survey team rated this tornado as an EF2 based on damage to a farmhouse (FR12) that lost half of its roof and had many windows blown out (DOD6). This would have had an expected wind speed around 114 mph. Many wood utility poles (ETL) were also broken off at their base or snapped in half (DOD4). This would have an expected wind speed of 120 mph. The tornado had a maximum width around 3/4 mile about 5 miles north of Gothenburg. The storm also produced hail along its path in which the largest was softball in size.
36.71953-05-09240°58'N / 99°28'W1.50 Miles33 Yards003K0Dawson
36.91996-08-10240°16'N / 100°25'W40°11'N / 100°25'W6.00 Miles300 Yards00750K0Red Willow
40.11969-06-24240°13'N / 99°09'W40°26'N / 99°03'W15.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Franklin
40.61975-06-18340°57'N / 100°11'W41°05'N / 100°15'W9.40 Miles33 Yards003K0Dawson
40.71957-07-02240°31'N / 100°36'W000K0Frontier
41.41967-06-13240°43'N / 99°05'W0.50 Mile33 Yards000K0Buffalo
42.41999-06-03339°50'N / 99°48'W39°58'N / 99°39'W10.00 Miles1320 Yards001.0M0Norton
 Brief Description: A large tornado dropped down just east of the town of Norton and stayed on the ground for approximately 10 miles before finally lifting north-northeast of the town of Almena. This Tornado reached around 3/4 of a mile wide at times and did major (F3) damage to a few farmsteads. Tornado also went through a stage with multiple vortices.
42.91962-05-18240°39'N / 100°39'W40°50'N / 100°31'W14.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Frontier
43.12000-10-31241°05'N / 99°53'W41°11'N / 99°47'W9.00 Miles250 Yards002.0M0Custer
 Brief Description: The tornado moved out of Dawson county into south central Custer county 7 miles south southwest of Oconto. The tornado traveled across open rangeland until destroying a modular home 1 mile south of Oconto. The tornado then moved directly through the small community of Oconto producing extensive damage. Every building along main street was either damaged or destroyed. A community center was destroyed while 19 children and 4 adults were in the basement. Over half the homes in the small town suffered minor to major damage. The community was declared a disaster areas by the governor. The tornado knocked down a power line 2 miles north of Oconto before lifting.
44.01986-04-13240°34'N / 99°02'W40°36'N / 98°57'W5.00 Miles40 Yards00250K0Kearney
44.41986-04-03241°09'N / 99°54'W41°09'N / 99°54'W1.50 Miles40 Yards00250K0Custer
46.41983-06-12239°51'N / 100°23'W40°01'N / 100°10'W15.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Decatur
46.41990-06-15440°15'N / 100°45'W40°16'N / 100°32'W8.00 Miles2640 Yards002.5M0Red Willow
46.72000-05-17340°57'N / 100°22'W41°02'N / 100°32'W11.50 Miles1000 Yards02750K25KLincoln
 Brief Description: The same supercell thunderstorm that had earlier produced the twin tornadoes 20 miles south of Brady produced a large tornado that touched down 6 miles south of Brady and moved toward the northwest lifting 4 miles south of Maxwell. Two women were injured when their home blew down around them. The tornado destroyed three homes and heavily damaged three others. Numerous outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. Four center pivot irrigation systems were destroyed and extensive damage was done to agricultural equipment. Over 75 power and telephone poles were destroyed along with miles of wire. The tornado reached it's maximum intensity of F3 shortly after touchdown when it heavily damaged a brick home and completely destroyed a large steel building. Later in it's path, the tornado leveled a frame home and blew several vehicles over and around the home. The path of the tornado was clearly visible where crops had been stripped from the ground. This tornado received extensive national coverage because of great video taken from chasers.
47.41974-04-20340°57'N / 99°26'W41°14'N / 99°15'W21.50 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Dawson
47.91970-09-06239°49'N / 99°52'W0.80 Mile200 Yards003K0Norton
48.31990-03-13340°32'N / 99°00'W40°43'N / 98°50'W10.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Kearney
48.91955-07-12240°47'N / 99°01'W40°51'N / 98°57'W5.20 Miles33 Yards003K0Buffalo
49.31956-06-06440°58'N / 99°06'W2.00 Miles500 Yards0025K0Buffalo

* 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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