With all the heat and humidity we’ve had, you had to figure something would happen to release all the energy in the atmosphere. And something did. Large hail fell in western South Dakota on Friday, northeast KELOLAND had large hail Saturday afternoon, and then Sioux Falls and southeast KELOLAND got pelted with hail Saturday evening.
Here’s how things went starting an hour before the newscast.
As the cold front moved through southwest Minnesota, a renegade storm developed ahead of the front north of Luverne and Worthington. This radar image is from 8:50.
Forty minutes later, storms developed in South Dakota.
Hail tracker was able to pick up on the hail inside the thunderstorms during that time too. As the storms continued to grow, the hail also grew.
At 10:00, hail tracker picked up on the hail near Hartford.
By news time, heavy rain was already falling in western Sioux Falls. By the time I was done with the weather portion of the news, this is what the radar looked like.
Hailey Higgins and I could hear the hail as it was hitting the studio roof. I mentioned on air that we were hearing it but wasn’t sure if the microphones were picking it up. But I had a couple of emails mentioning you CAN hear the thuds from the hail. I checked outside, and found at my feet one hail stone about the size of a golf ball. I did another update on the weather during the news along with running back and forth checking on information about the storm, including the email inbox. I found NUMEROUS emails from viewers with pictures/reports of hail. A big THANK YOU for sending those in! I picked a couple of them to show. In the meantime, enjoy the cooler weather for the rest of the weekend.
Hail from Hartford.
First hail pic from SIoux Falls.
As decribed in the email, "some bigger than golf ball".
Now we start to get into the bigger stones. This one is from South Willow in Sioux Falls.
2.5" at 59th and Cliff.
5.5cm, about 2.2".