Satellite Image Captures Crop Damage from Hail

Rare Satellite Image Captures Crop Damage from Severe Storm

On August 18th and 19th, two rounds of severe weather tracked across Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri producing widespread wind damage and some very large hail. In particular, on the 19th, large hail, some up to the size of 4.50 inches (larger than a softball!), fell from northeastern Jackson to northeast Jefferson counties during the evening hours. Large trees were downed, power poles snapped, roofs damaged, and sheds destroyed as wind gusts were over 90 mph at the peak of the storm. The powerful winds combined with the large hail also caused extensive crop damage. The damage area was large enough to be captured on the MODIS Satellite from the middle portion of the country. The image was taken on the 26th of August. Notice the areas circled in light green represent the large swaths of damaged crops and the circles of various colors represent the different towns.

Topeka in Red
Lawrence in Yellow
St. Joseph in Cyan
Holton in Orange
Horton in Pink

 (Image Courtesy of NASA)

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