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What a wild weather day across southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday! A pea size hailstorm in Milwaukee that produced numberous accidents and slide-offs. Then a huge spread of temperatures over the span over about 75 miles. And finally a large destructive hailstorm with up to baseball size hail hits Madison Sunday evening!
Let’s start with the huge temperature contrast that set the storms into motion. A warm front made it to about the Wisconsin and Illinois border, south of the front temperatures soared into the 80s and low 90s!
The unstable air fired thunderstorms both early Sunday, and again Sunday evening. The first round of storms produced a pea size hailstorm in parts of Dodge, Waukesha, Washington, and Milwaukee counties. The picture below is not snow, but pea size hail covering the ground! Thank you to Matthew Krysinski for sending in the picture.
Larry posted this picture to the U-Local section of WISN.com That’s a big pile of pea size hail in Milwaukee!
The hail this morning was very small in comparison to the large hail that hit the Madison area Sunday evening. This hailstorm will rival the one that occurred back on April 13, 2006 when golf ball to tennis ball size hail shattered car windows on the west side of town. That hailstorm continued east and hit parts of Waukesha and Milwakee counties. I know some, including myself remember that one well!
The hail Sunday evening in Madison was ping pong ball to reports of baseball size hail! That is huge!
Below is a picture from my old station FOX47 in Madison. This hailstone appears to be about tennis ball size.
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The weather will quiet down for Monday, just windy and cool. Enjoy the Brewers game if you are heading to Miller Park.
Have a great day!