May 2, 2018 - 5:26 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Severe storms rumbled through the northwest Iowa area on Tuesday evening, May 1st. The reports were mainly of hail.

According to reports from the National Weather Service, the hail in our area started around 7:20 p.m. with a report of 1-inch hail three miles west of Sioux Center. That report was via social media. Inch-sized hail is about the size of a quarter.

Next to come in were four reports of nickel-sized hail. (A nickel is about 0.88 of an inch.) The first of those reports was at 7:20 p.m., three miles west-northwest of Sioux Center. The second nickel-sized hail report was from two miles south of Melvin, just into O’Brien County, about 7:25 p.m. About that same time, a report came in from three miles south-southwest of Melvin, also reporting nickel-sized hail. The final nickel-sized hail report was from six miles east-northeast of Sioux Center at about 7:45 p.m. Three of those reports were from a trained spotter and one was from the public.

Lyon County Emergency Management Director Arden Kopischke says that one of their deputies reported small hail in the rain as it fell in the southeast corner of Lyon County. Clarence Stubbe, who reports the weather to KIWA for George also reported small hail in the rain there. He says they received just under an inch of rain. We received 0.65 of an inch at the KIWA studios in Sheldon. But Rock Rapids only received 0.07 of an inch and some thunder.

According to the radar, the storm complex was not very wide and came up through the area from the Sioux City vicinity.

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