Baseball Hail at the Baseball Stadium in Wichita (7/9/2009)

By: Mary-Beth Schreck and Jerilyn Billings

Baseball Hail at the Baseball Stadium in Wichita on July 8th 2009

By: Mary-Beth Schreck and Jerilyn Billings

Spectators of the Wichita Wingnuts Baseball game got more than they bargained for when Baseball sized hail fell for about 30 minutes in downtown Wichita on the evening of July 8th. Very large hail, from quarter to baseball sized, fell across the city and impacted many residents, damaging cars and homes. 

A line of severe thunderstorms quickly developed over far western Wichita around 8:45pm on Wednesday evening, and slowly moved eastward. Hail up to the size of baseballs was reported in downtown Wichita at 9:30pm. Among other places, large hail fell at the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and in the College Hill neighborhood.  At the stadium, the slow-moving storms caused the baseball size hail to fall for about 30 minutes, covering the field by the time the storm ended. Numerous vehicles were severly damaged in the stadium parking lots, and damage to the stadium itself was also reported.

Golf ball to baseball sized hail was also reported in Augusta and near Rose Hill later that night and large hail continued to fall as these storms continued on eastward overnight.  Many locations reported hail falling for 20 to 30 minutes before ending.

 

TBSS

When large hail is present in a thunderstorm a signature can be seen on a radar image called a Three Body Scatter Spike or TBSS.  This is caused by the radar beam being reflected off of the hail causing it to take longer to be returned to the radar.  This extra time causes radar reflectivity to be plotted beyond the main reflectivity of the storm, seen as a spike on the radar screen. 

Radar reflectivity during the time of baseball hail in downtown Wichita.

 

 Images of Large Hail that Fell around the Area

Baseball size hail that fell near Augusta. Courtesy of KSNW.

Baseball size hail that fell near Augusta. Courtesy of KAKE.

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Hail that fell near Douglas and Sheridan in Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.

Hail that fell near Douglas and Sheridan in Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.

 

Golf Ball size hail that fell near Douglas and Seneca in Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.

 

Hail that fell near Kellogg and Broadway in Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.

 

 Hail that fell near Pawnee and Meridian in Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.


Photo of Baseball Sized Hail near Augusta. Courtesy of Sharon Sudduth

Hail near Douglas and Charles. Picture Courtesy of Alison Sueper

Hail near Douglas and Charles. Picture Courtesy of Alison Sueper

 


Window damage from large hail near Friends University in Wichita. Picture taken by Jennifer and Tim Troyer.


Hail covering deck. Picture taken by Jennifer and Tim Troyer.


Hail damage to siding. Picture taken by Jennifer and Tim Troyer.


Roof damage in Eastern Sedgwick County.


Roof damage in Eastern Sedgwick County.


Large hail that caused roof damage in Eastern Sedgwick County.

 

Cloud Photos from storms Wedesday night

 

Interesting clouds over Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.

Interesting clouds over Wichita. Courtesy of KSNW.

Interesting clouds over Andale. Courtesy of KSNW.

Interesting clouds over Andale. Courtesy of KSNW.

Interesting clouds over Andale. Courtesy of KSNW.

Interesting clouds over Andale. Courtesy of KSNW.

 


Picture of the large hail producing storm over Wichita. Picture courtesy Brian Johnson


Picture courtesy Brian Johnson

 

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.



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