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The chance of earthquake damage in Greeley County is about the same as Nebraska average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Greeley 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, #60

Greeley County
0.01
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

Greeley 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, #28

Greeley County
218.57
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 10,884 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Greeley County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:43Cold:74Dense Fog:0Drought:10
Dust Storm:2Flood:454Hail:6,429Heat:15Heavy Snow:32
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:19Landslide:0Strong Wind:68
Thunderstorm Winds:3,271Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:140Winter Weather:51
Other:276 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Greeley County.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Greeley County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
38.41975-05-134.3N/A42.12-98.45

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 78 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Greeley County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.71953-06-07241°28'N / 98°38'W41°41'N / 98°22'W20.10 Miles33 Yards0125K0Greeley
8.01974-04-20241°29'N / 98°45'W41°48'N / 98°33'W24.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Greeley
12.01964-05-05441°24'N / 98°23'W41°33'N / 98°17'W11.30 Miles33 Yards01125K0Greeley
15.41965-05-08441°14'N / 98°40'W42°20'N / 98°15'W78.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Howard
16.61962-04-26241°43'N / 98°47'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Valley
18.71963-06-09241°38'N / 98°55'W41°40'N / 98°50'W4.10 Miles33 Yards003K0Valley
19.92004-07-12241°49'N / 98°44'W41°49'N / 98°43'W1.00 Mile40 Yards0090K0Wheeler
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down in open rangeland and then moved south breaking off and uprooting numerous large trees as it encountered a farmstead. One large tree fell on the roof of a home. As the tornado moved south across the road, it hit another farmstead. Again, it broke off and uprooted numerous large trees and broke many power poles. The barn and steel fencing was lifted and tossed 50 yards northwestwards into a tree belt behind the house. The roof of the home was taken off. A detached garage was demolished. Before lifting, the tornado moved through a corral south of the home where it severely injured or killed several horses. After the storm, two colts and a mare were found up in a tree.
20.71955-07-08241°17'N / 98°44'W41°17'N / 98°35'W7.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Howard
20.81981-08-04241°46'N / 98°50'W0.20 Mile60 Yards00250K0Garfield
20.91966-06-05241°42'N / 98°10'W0.70 Mile33 Yards010K0Boone
21.21990-03-13241°17'N / 98°20'W41°25'N / 98°09'W11.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Nance
21.31965-05-08441°33'N / 98°17'W41°55'N / 98°05'W27.20 Miles33 Yards45325.0M0Boone
21.31972-07-20241°30'N / 98°56'W003K0Valley
22.91964-05-05241°07'N / 98°33'W41°23'N / 98°15'W24.00 Miles33 Yards0725K0Howard
23.41974-04-20241°12'N / 98°59'W41°29'N / 98°45'W22.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Sherman
23.91984-04-25341°11'N / 98°30'W41°16'N / 98°25'W8.00 Miles40 Yards01825.0M0Howard
24.01990-03-13241°15'N / 98°16'W41°17'N / 98°20'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Merrick
24.61982-05-10241°13'N / 98°27'W0.30 Mile20 Yards0025K0Howard
24.81974-04-20341°26'N / 99°08'W41°47'N / 98°53'W27.30 Miles880 Yards002.5M0Dawson
24.81963-08-27241°28'N / 99°04'W41°28'N / 98°55'W7.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Valley
25.21965-05-08440°52'N / 98°36'W41°33'N / 98°17'W49.90 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Hall
27.41964-05-05441°33'N / 98°17'W42°04'N / 97°56'W39.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Boone
27.41999-06-03341°36'N / 99°10'W41°42'N / 98°56'W14.00 Miles1000 Yards001.5M1.0MValley
 Brief Description: Late in the evening of June 3rd, a severe thunderstorm produced a large tornado across northwest Valley county. The thunderstorm entered the western part of the county around 11 pm. Shortly thereafter, the tornado touched down 12 miles west of Ord and snaked its way northeast before lifting after midnight about 7 miles north of Ord. This F3 tornado had a damage path almost one-half mile wide at one point. It completely destroyed two farmsteads and damaged two others along its path. At the two destroyed farmsteads, residents took shelter in the basement upon warning. The tornado tossed cars and farm equipment up to 300 feet, strewn irrigation pipe across the countryside and killed livestock. The two destroyed homes were completely wiped from the foundation. However, given sufficient warning, no one in the storms path was injured or killed.
28.31982-05-10241°13'N / 98°15'W0.30 Mile20 Yards00250K0Merrick
29.02004-07-12241°59'N / 98°40'W41°58'N / 98°40'W1.50 Miles40 Yards00130K0Wheeler
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down in an grove of trees, uprooting and breaking off numerous large trees. As the tornado moved southeastwards, it encountered a farmstead where it ripped off the roof of the home, destroyed a machine shed and garage, and broke power poles. Before lifting, the tornado moved through a field and overturned the end of a center pivot irrigation system.
29.11953-06-07441°21'N / 99°06'W41°34'N / 99°03'W15.00 Miles440 Yards110250K0Valley
29.61953-06-07341°42'N / 98°01'W41°49'N / 98°01'W8.00 Miles250 Yards01250K0Boone
29.91955-07-08241°17'N / 99°12'W41°17'N / 98°44'W24.00 Miles33 Yards113250K0Sherman
30.01999-04-21241°08'N / 98°33'W41°08'N / 98°31'W2.00 Miles30 Yards00100K0Howard
 Brief Description: Thunderstorms developed west of Holdrege in the morning and spread quickly northeast to St. Paul and Greeley by noon. Early on, the thunderstorms dumped hail and torrential rainfall northeast of Holdrege. 2.75" diameter hail was reported north of Holdrege and some areas in northwest Phelps county noted three foot hail drifts. Rain and hail teamed to produce areas of erosion across freshly tilled fields. As the storms spread northeast, a brief tornado damaged a home under construction north of Dannebrog. The tornado nearly destroyed the entire main floor. Only one wall was left standing. The owner and construction crew at the house at the time escaped injury by going to the basement just before the tornado struck. Minor roof damage occurred on a nearby house. Another brief tornado touch down occurred just south of St. Paul, causing some minor damage to outbuildings.
30.11964-05-05241°23'N / 98°15'W41°55'N / 97°40'W47.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Nance
30.51960-08-05341°42'N / 99°12'W41°40'N / 99°00'W10.30 Miles150 Yards1225K0Valley
30.91970-08-02241°52'N / 98°05'W2.00 Miles167 Yards00250K0Boone
32.01992-01-07241°09'N / 98°48'W0.10 Mile30 Yards0025K0Sherman
32.31965-05-08341°03'N / 98°45'W41°11'N / 98°39'W10.20 Miles33 Yards000K0Howard
33.11999-05-02241°05'N / 98°19'W41°10'N / 98°15'W5.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Howard
 Brief Description: As strong low pressure lifted across Nebraska and Kansas, a series of damaging tornadoes ripped across south-central Nebraska during the late afternoon and evening hours. No less than 10 tornadoes were confirmed across an area from west of Arapahoe to north of Grand Island near St. Libory. Tornado damage began around mid-afternoon near Holbrook. A brief tornado did some damage to a farmstead northwest of town. Another tornado set down in southern Gosper county and damaged or destroyed at least 3 irrigation center pivots. Tornadoes touched down near Ragan and west of Wilcox. Eventually, another twister near Macon hit two farms. With debris flying through the air, one man stood on his front porch as the tornado passed. Outbuildings, center pivots, and grain bins were heavily damaged by this tornado. Just after 6 pm, the first of three tornadoes in Adams county took aim on the region west of Kenesaw. Shortly thereafter, another tornado set down southeast of Kenesaw and moved northeast. One farm sustained damage southeast of Kenesaw as irrigation pipe littered the fields along the twister's path. Both tornadoes were on the ground at the same time. A third tornado set down west of Juniata but did no damage before lifting. Around 7 pm, a short lived tornado was observed just northwest of Wood River. This tornado destroyed grain bins, damaged a grain dryer and pulled shingles from a house nearby. Strong winds in the region also downed power lines and poles south of town. Finally, just after 8 pm, the final tornado of the evening set down in extreme western Merrick county and moved north just inside the Howard county line. This F2, multiple vortex tornado was on the ground for about 5 miles and damaged or destroyed numerous outbuildings and trees along its path.
33.21987-07-06241°36'N / 99°12'W41°40'N / 99°08'W4.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Valley
33.61990-03-13341°06'N / 98°14'W41°11'N / 98°12'W6.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Merrick
33.91959-05-28241°24'N / 99°13'W41°27'N / 99°06'W6.40 Miles250 Yards02250K0Valley
34.11953-06-07441°20'N / 99°08'W41°21'N / 99°06'W00250K0Sherman
34.42001-10-09241°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.
34.81959-06-27241°05'N / 98°43'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Howard
35.71984-06-11341°02'N / 98°28'W41°05'N / 98°22'W7.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Howard
36.91990-03-13341°02'N / 98°20'W41°06'N / 98°14'W4.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Howard
37.81974-04-20341°14'N / 99°15'W41°26'N / 99°08'W14.70 Miles880 Yards032.5M0Dawson
38.01984-06-11341°00'N / 98°35'W41°02'N / 98°28'W7.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Hall
38.11999-06-03241°31'N / 99°17'W41°34'N / 99°15'W5.50 Miles300 Yards00300K0Custer
 Brief Description: Several large hail reports were received beginning at 936 PM CDT near Berwyn. Five center pivot irrigation systems were overturned from 8 miles southwest to 7 miles west southwest of Comstock at approximately 1000 PM CDT. A tornado initially touched down 3 miles southwest of Comstock and was intermittentaly on the ground causing tree damage. The tornado then dropped down 1 mile southwest of the center of Comstock. It reached its maximum intensity as it struck a farm 1/2 mile west of Comstock. Every outbuilding on the farm was destroyed, including a large machine building and the house was heavily damaged. The tornado then crossed the Middle Loup River and struck a residence on the northwest edge of Comstock destroying three outbuildings and damaging the house. Another farm a mile north of Comstock was struck, and everything but the house was destroyed. Several vehicles in the path were damaged or destroyed.
39.91953-06-07241°15'N / 99°15'W41°20'N / 99°10'W6.60 Miles100 Yards00250K0Sherman
40.21955-07-08241°17'N / 99°13'W41°17'N / 99°12'W00250K0Custer
40.61972-07-20341°29'N / 99°36'W41°42'N / 99°02'W32.80 Miles150 Yards0025K0Custer
41.51955-09-20241°39'N / 99°23'W41°44'N / 99°15'W8.50 Miles33 Yards003K0Custer
42.01967-06-13240°52'N / 99°10'W41°15'N / 98°47'W33.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Buffalo
42.11980-06-03341°01'N / 98°24'W40°55'N / 98°23'W6.40 Miles700 Yards1252.5M0Hall
42.51984-04-25241°46'N / 97°45'W0.50 Mile3 Yards0125K0Madison
42.51967-06-13240°42'N / 98°59'W41°13'N / 97°50'W69.70 Miles33 Yards000K0Buffalo
42.61990-03-13340°53'N / 98°28'W41°02'N / 98°20'W17.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Hall
43.31954-05-30441°44'N / 97°44'W41°45'N / 97°43'W002.5M0Platte
43.71980-06-03340°58'N / 98°21'W40°56'N / 98°21'W2.30 Miles500 Yards14025.0M0Hall
43.81974-04-26341°12'N / 99°18'W41°15'N / 99°11'W6.10 Miles33 Yards030K0Custer
43.81964-04-26241°57'N / 98°10'W42°20'N / 98°10'W26.40 Miles33 Yards00250K0Antelope
43.91953-06-07241°14'N / 99°16'W41°15'N / 99°15'W00250K0Custer
44.11964-04-26240°56'N / 98°54'W41°00'N / 98°44'W9.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Buffalo
44.31962-05-21341°54'N / 97°54'W42°03'N / 97°50'W10.60 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Antelope
45.11961-05-30341°37'N / 99°52'W41°38'N / 98°56'W48.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Custer
45.11961-05-30341°37'N / 99°52'W41°38'N / 98°56'W48.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Custer
45.11961-05-30441°37'N / 99°52'W41°38'N / 98°56'W48.10 Miles33 Yards00250K0Custer
45.41980-06-03340°56'N / 98°21'W40°55'N / 98°20'W000K0Hall
46.11973-10-09240°54'N / 98°30'W1.00 Mile33 Yards05250K0Hall
46.21980-06-03440°55'N / 98°18'W40°55'N / 98°21'W3110250.0M0Hall
46.51980-06-03440°55'N / 98°21'W40°54'N / 98°21'W1.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Hall
47.01977-05-19240°49'N / 98°36'W40°58'N / 98°15'W20.80 Miles50 Yards00250K0Hall
47.31980-06-03440°54'N / 98°21'W40°54'N / 98°18'W000K0Hall
47.71980-06-03240°54'N / 98°17'W40°54'N / 98°18'W0182.5M0Hall
48.21990-03-13340°47'N / 98°42'W40°58'N / 98°36'W12.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Hall
48.41982-05-26241°00'N / 97°59'W0.80 Mile30 Yards00250K0Hamilton
48.61972-07-20241°51'N / 97°40'W0.30 Mile10 Yards003K0Madison
49.01984-06-11240°53'N / 98°47'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0025K0Buffalo
49.31980-06-03240°54'N / 98°18'W40°51'N / 98°18'W3.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Hall
49.42001-10-09341°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.


* 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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