Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Watch Your Head

We saw thunderstorms develop from northeast Colorado into southern Minnesota Tuesday night and they turned out to be BIG hail producers for our neighbors to the north. Trained weather spotters reported 6-8 inch diameter hail stones Tuesday night, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. The report came from Dante, South Dakota which is a very, very small town about 110 miles southwest of Sioux Falls. I had trouble finding it on a map, it was just that small. The largest hail stone on record is around 7 inches, so if an 8 inch stone is confirmed, we would be rewriting the record books. I'm attaching a radar image from 6:02 Tuesday evening when the hail stone was reported. It definitely looks like a severe storm, but it's next to impossible from this radar image to see just how large the hail might have been.

More storms are coming later in the week, so if you haven't had any rain yet, or just haven't had enough, be patient. Some of the more widespread rain should arrive Friday into Saturday.




I'm counting down the days until we get that first big push of cooler air from the north and gets rid of the humidity around here. Anyone else ready for the cooler, drier air?

7 comments:

Jon said...

Ready for some dyer and somewhat cooler air but not looking for those 32 and below temperatures.

Anonymous said...

speaking of cooler...what is the coolest tempurature ever reported in kansas in august?
shelly....

Anonymous said...

Can't wait until Wichita gets another good hail storm. The cooler air definitely sounds nice right about now.

Anonymous said...

Ross... just notices your birthday was August 4th.. hope you had a great birthday! Thanks for keeping us up to date on this wonderful heat and humidity!

Anonymous said...

Had to laugh about your comment about having a hard time finding Dante, SD on the map! I'm a native SD farm girl, like to think I know the area well, and have never even HEARD of it!

Ross Janssen said...

The coolest temperature for August that I could find was on August 23rd, 1964 where Goodland had a low temperature of 38. Hard to imagine in the month of August. If you are ready for cooler days, there are signs of a big change at the end of next week. It is possible that highs may only be in the 70s for some areas of the state. More details coming soon.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ross - Thanks for doing such a great job with the weather. I had to write and ask about something I saw over the weekend while watching your weather report. I do believe it was Saturday night and I could have sworn I saw your dog sitting on a chair in the storm center. I was just wondering if I was seeing things. She does make a nice addition to the storm team. Will she be a regular during your time at work? Stephanie

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