Hail piles up in multiple bouts of stormy weather June 23
The National Weather Service issued near-continuous severe thunderstorm warnings for southern Crow Wing County for nearly four hours between 6-9:45 p.m. Parts of Cass, Morrison and Aitkin counties were also included in warned areas as storm after storm moved over the region.
BRAINERD — Multiple bouts of severe thunderstorms crossed Crow Wing County on Thursday night, June 23, bringing lightning, quarter-sized or larger hail, heavy rain and strong winds with them.
The National Weather Service issued near-continuous severe thunderstorm warnings for southern Crow Wing County for nearly four hours between 6-9:45 p.m. Parts of Cass, Morrison and Aitkin counties were also included in warned areas as storm after storm moved over the region. A severe thunderstorm watch began shortly before 5:30 p.m. for a larger swath of north-central and west-central Minnesota, extending through 1 a.m.
A flash flood warning entered the mix following heavy downpours in the Brainerd lakes area, with the weather service issuing the warning at 7:54 p.m. through 11 p.m. Thursday.
At least three separate periods of hail fell in Brainerd, while to the south, hail and heavy rain occurred multiple times. Winds appeared to be strong enough to cause tree damage as well, though the extent was not known Thursday night. A 51 mph wind gust just before 7 p.m. was recorded at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, according to a preliminary report from the weather service.
@NWSduluth @ryanhallyall large hail, (some isolated golf balls) all collected on the side of the road 3 miles south of Brainerd, MN to look like a big snow pile! (This was near the intersection of crow wing county road 45 and 100th st) (largest hail in this pile was quarter size pic.twitter.com/dvsy697h96— Egan Young (@avkid34) June 24, 2022
Twitter user Egan Young, @avkid34, shared a video of a pile of hail collected near the side of the road, appearing like a snow pile in late June. He took the video near the intersection of County Highway 45 and 100th Street, about 2.5 miles south of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
My tomatoes and petunias took a little beating with that extended #hailstorm with the dime and pea-sized hail giving way to quarter sized with second round. #mnwx @NWSduluth pic.twitter.com/LYaoZ7AE1E— Renee Richardson (@Dispatchbizbuzz) June 23, 2022
The severe weather also caused a significant drop in temperature at the airport. After hitting a high of 92 degrees shortly before 5 p.m. and staying at 90 degrees an hour later, the temperature fell to 72 degrees by 6:53 p.m.
Lakes Jam saw a number of stops and starts as lightning and hail caused delays in the musical performances.
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