Severe Storms Bring Flooding, Baseball-Sized Hail, Hurricane-Force Wind Gusts to Plains, Midwest July 9-10


Overall, there were 416 reports of strong winds and wind damage, and 112 reports of severe hail across the country, mostly from Nebraska and northern Kansas through the Mid-Mississippi Valley.

And that was just Friday. Storms did lose some intensity on Saturday as the low slowed down and spread some of its energy a bit farther south and east across the Southern Plains and Ohio Valley. But there were an additional 144 wind reports and 12 hail reports, along with seven reports of tornadoes under the spinning low that was centered over Missouri.

The total of 560 wind reports and 124 hail reports is rather impressive for a couple of days. I should note that this also includes severe storms that happened elsewhere in the country, as well. But the main concentration was in the Central and Southern Plains eastward through the Ohio Valley.

Rainfall was also quite significant. There was some flooding across the Mid-Mississippi Valley, but rainfall amounts over 4 inches was recorded in broken segments from eastern Nebraska to western Kentucky. There was likely over 8 inches in portions of northern Missouri, where most of the flooding reports occurred.

It should come as no surprise that there will be extensive damage that came from the storms. Wind, hail and flooding will likely lead to green snap on both corn and soybeans, goose-necking of flattened corn, defoliation and nutrient deficiencies. That likely goes along with some damage to mature wheat still waiting to be harvested in Nebraska and Kansas. While some of the damage can be assessed rapidly, the total extent of the damage may take more than a week to sort out. Photos on Twitter and several of DTN’s sources thus far have been sadly impressive.

John Baranick can be reached at john.baranick@dtn.com



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