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The storm system that slammed Nebraska in early October was among the major weather events in the United States that month, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
That single system caused a deadly blizzard in the state's northwest corner, a seasonally rare and destructive EF4 tornado in the northeast corner and record-setting rains in the south-central area.
The storm swept through the state Oct. 2-5.
The data center singled out nine noteworthy national events for its monthly wrapup, including drought, heavy rains and record-setting warmth.
From that early October system, the center selected the blizzard and tornado as two of the nine events.
The blizzard unleashed its greatest fury on South Dakota, where 15,000 to 30,000 cattle died, but Nebraska suffered a blow, too, with more than 2,200 cattle deaths. Wyoming officials report a nominal number of cattle deaths in that state.
A 19-mile long tornado struck Wayne, Neb., and the surrounding area on the evening of Oct. 4. Farmsteads were destroyed and the town's industrial park and airport were severely damaged. Wayne has a population of about 5,600.
At least five less powerful tornadoes also occurred in Nebraska with the storm. One of the tornadoes jumped the Missouri River and continued to cause damage in Iowa.
Wind speeds associated with the Wayne tornado are believed to have peaked at 170 mph, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley, Neb.
The tornado was notable for the time of year that it struck.
October tornadoes are rare in Nebraska and “exceedingly rare” on a national scale, according to the climate center's summary. The last one to occur was in 1979 in Connecticut.
According to the weather service, six EF4 or greater tornadoes are known to have occurred somewhere in the country in October since 1950.
Of those, two have occurred in Nebraska, the Wayne tornado and one on Oct. 29, 1956. Iowa experienced an F5 on Oct. 14, 1966.
The storm system also dropped flooding rains in south-central Nebraska.
On Oct. 3, Hastings received 3.49 inches of rain, a record for any date in October and the 17th rainiest day in the city since 1895.
The previous record for the date was 0.98 inches on Oct. 3, 1910. The previous daily record for the month was 2.95 inches on Oct. 16, 1986.
Heavy rain fell elsewhere in the region. Grand Island, for example, set daily records for the dates Oct. 2 and 3.
Source: National Weather Service, Hastings and Valley and National Climatic Data Center.