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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Cheyenne, WY
226 PM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020


A supercell thunderstorm began to rapidly intensify near the town
of Crawford, Nebraska, around 3:00 PM MDT on 2 July 2020. The long
lived storm then moved slowly southeast for the next several
hours, producing golf ball sized hail 8 miles southeast of
Crawford at 4:20 PM MDT. The storm continued to drift in a general
southeasterly direction, with rotation intensifying as it neared
the community of Marsland, Nebraska. Personal accounts indicate
the storm produced up to baseball sized hail several miles to the
east northeast of Marsland. Multiple storm chasers and members of
the general public observed and photographed a tornado which
touched down around 5:26 PM MDT about 5.8 miles east of Marsland,
or about 10.1 miles northwest of Hemingford, Nebraska. Video
perspectives indicate the tornado initially moved to the west, in
the opposite direction of the parent storm. The tornado was
observed to drift across open land near several farmsteads for
several minutes. The tornado became wider and more defined during
this time. It then crossed an area where several used tractor
tires weighing over 100 pounds were being used as feeders for
livestock. One of these tires was found several hundred yards to
the north alongside other damage, indicating the tornado began to
make a slight turn to the northwest. Near the point of where the
tire was found, a large (2 foot diameter) cottonwood tree was
uprooted with numerous large branches snapped and strewn to the
northwest along the path of the tornado. Further to the northwest,
multiple 1 to 2 foot diameter tree trunks were snapped along with
numerous 6+ inch diameter branches near treetop. The trees were
primarily cottonwoods, alongside some Ash and Boxelders. As the
tornado continued northwest toward River Road, a center pivot was
severely mangled with 3 steel power poles bent at the base along
River Road. Eyewitness accounts indicate the tornado dissipated
just north of River Road around 5:35 PM MDT, about 2.8 miles east
northeast of Marsland or 12.9 miles Northwest of Hemingford. The
damage indicators are consistent with maximum wind speeds up to
115 MPH, which rates this tornado as an EF-2 on the Enhanced
Fujita Scale. The tornado tracked for approximately 3.4 miles with
a maximum width of around 275 yards.


Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    105-115 mph
Path length /Statute/:  3.4 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   275 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             07/02/2020
Start time:             5:26 PM MDT
Start location:         5.8 E Marsland, NE (10.1 NW Hemingford, NE)
Start Lat/Lon:          42.4406, -103.1873

End date:               07/02/2020
End time:               5:35 PM MDT
End location:           2.8 ENE Marsland, NE (12.9 NW Hemingford, NE)
End_lat/lon:            42.456, -103.2494

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in
NWS Storm Data.


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