Record Hailstone & Comfy Days Ahead

***Watch WISN 12 News for the latest weather information!***

Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog!  Before we discuss the big weather change headed for Wisconsin, I want to update a story we first brought you in the blog back in late July.

On July 23, a severe thunderstorm pounded Vivian, South Dakota with huge hailstones.  The hailstones were the biggest that many in the community of 200 had ever seen.  It turns out, one hailstone from that storm measuring 8″ in diameter, and 18.62″ in circumference was just verified as the biggest ever recorded in the United States!

The hailstone, the size of a VOLLEYBALL, is shown below.  The picture is from the NWS, and was taken by Les Scott.

The picture below shows the circumference of the hailstone.  Incredible!

While these massive hailstones struck a rural area of South Dakota, there was still extensive damage.  This lady(not sure her name) holds a piece of her roof that one of the large hailstones smashed through that day.  The picture is courtesy of the NWS.

The largest hailstone I’ve ever seen was the size of a baseball while storm chasing in Salina, KS, and that was pretty scary!  Good news for southeast Wisconsin, after a very active summer with flooding, numerous tornadoes reports and endless muggy days, a prolonged stretch of dry and comfortable weather is headed our way.

A cold will sweep across the state today(Tuesday).  As the front moves into southeast Wisconsin late in the day, a few showers will be possible.  No severe weather or heavy rain is expected, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a clap or two of thunder.  The timing looks to be mid afternoon to early evening, depending on where you live.

Below is a forecast surface map for 7 p.m.  The cold front will be located near Kenosha, and just east of Milwaukee.  Just click on the image to enlarge.

Once the front clears the area, cooler and less humid will settle in.  I think by Thursday and Friday morning, some inland areas could see overnight lows in the upper 40s!  The dry weather should stick around for the upcoming weekend.  Good news if you are heading to Mexican Fiesta at Maier Festival Park!

That’s it for today, and feel free to share this blog with your friends…I’m sure they’d love to see some Volleyball sized hail!  Watch WISN 12 News for the latest updates!

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


One Response

  1. Yikes – glad we haven’t had hail like that (and we won’t – right?=)

    Yay for drier and cooler – going to the State Fair 8/9 for a concert was one of the most miserable summer experiences ever – not a fan of heat and humidity!

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