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On March 6th, an intense weather system tracked across the northern and central Plains, bringing severe storms, wildfires and strong winds to these areas. Thunderstorms developed by early afternoon along a dryline over eastern Nebraska with this activity rapidly spreading east into western Iowa by late afternoon into early evening. These storms produced large hail up to golf ball size, wind gusts to 70 mph and a numerous reports of wind damage as they raced across the area at 50 to 60 mph.

In addition to the severe storms, a rare combination of very strong winds and low humidity values behind the dryline resulted in weather conditions that were very favorable for wildfire development and spread. In fact, two known wildfires developed Monday afternoon, one near Ceresco in Lancaster County, NE, and the other near Murdock in Cass county, NE.

This weather system was also accompanied by strong winds with numerous gusts in the 40 to 50+ mph range which were observed mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. 


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