Two Hail Events Sunday

Two separate hail events affected southern Wisconsin on Sunday.

The first round of hail occurred between 10am and 1pm with mostly pea size hail falling along with some heavy rain.  What made this storm interesting was the amount of hail that fell in a short period of time.  A heavy hail shower lasted several minutes in portions of Washington and Waukesha counties, and much of Milwaukee county. The hail accumulated and turned the ground white in many of these areas.

Below is a radar image as the storm is moving through the northwest portion of Milwaukee, and a photo from this event.

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Photo taken by Brock Burhardt

The second event occurred in the late evening hours.  Storms developed between 7 and 9 pm and pushed across all of southern Wisconsin.  One storm in particular produced hail up to 2.75", or baseball size.  Most of the large hail with this storm fell in the Madison and Middleton areas.  We received several photos of this hail.

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Photo by Katie Cardin - Mount Horeb

Photo by Katie Cardin - Mount Horeb

Photo by Matt Rehwald - Mount Horeb

Photo by Sarah Coffey - Oregon

Photo by Greg Tripoli - Middleton



The radar image below is the storm over Madison and Middleton.

These storms developed along and north of a strong warm front that remained along the Wisconsin/Illinois border throughout the day on Sunday. The image below shows temperatures at 6pm on Sunday.  Notice the relatively short distance between 40°F in central Wisconsin and 70°F in northern Illinois. 


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