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January pelting of pea-size proportion PDF Print E-mail

A strange weather phenomenon passed through the area last Friday night.   Hail that began during the middle of the evening covered the ground, accompanied by thunder and lightning that got the attention of local residents. The pea-sized hail melted by mid morning Saturday. High winds and light snow rounded out the weekend on Sunday. Strong northwest winds persisted overnight, with gusts to 55 mph during the day on Monday. According to the National Weather Service, these strong winds were the result of a significant pressure gradient between a strong low pressure system spinning in southern Ontario and a large arctic high pressure system building into the northern Plains from western Canada. Winds rapidly diminished after sunset Monday as the low pressure system finally moved further east. By the way—the frozen peas for size comparison are on the right.

(Photo by Jan Rahn)