It's that time of year again when a nice spring day can start out sunny and pleasant, only to end very stormy!
We saw that the past Friday. It was a muggy and hazy day but as the atmosphere heated, thunderstorms developed explosively! Many areas had at least a downpour while others had hail and high water.
Our e-Reports were out in full force, taking photos of what was going on in their backyards.
We'll start in Boyd County, Kentucky, where Britini Bush of Cannonsburg snapped this shot of the ominous clouds. You can clearly see the rain shaft or curtain of rain in the background.
As this storm moved across the river cities, it did cause street flooding.
My step brother, Grant Foster, who's now back home in Gallipolis, Ohio from college for the summer got this great snapshot of the Cumulonimbus clouds, the thunderheads which caused small hail in some parts of Gallia County Friday afternoon.
As this storm moved out of Gallia and Mason Counties, it got stronger as it moved into Jackson and Roane Counties in WV and prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Warning for those areas. However, no tornado touched down. But there were rotating winds within the storm and it could've dropped a twister at anytime. This storm mainly produced hail up to the size of golf balls in and near Fairplain, Kenna and Gandeeville.
Another hail storm went through Mingo and Boone Counties and Felicia Frye of Lincoln County had a creative way of demonstrating how large the hail was in her backyard.
Usually we say the hail is the size of peas, quarters, dimes, golf balls, etc. but yes, that's a powdered donut! Yummy! Next time I'm at Jolly Pirate, I'm going to ask for "hail size donuts."
But this was a serious hail storm as she tells me cars were dented by these near "donut size hail stones."
Mother nature also gave us a a light show as many of you saw some spectacular lightning! Below is a photo from Bradley Wells of Huntington who took this shot of some spooky, purple lightning. This lightning did cause some power and phone outages.
Check out my previous blogs on lightning to see just how hot it is and why it's different colors!
If you see it, send it! Anyone can be an e-Reporter. You can easily upload you photos at WSAZ.com. Just simply follow the directions under the e-Reporter tab at the top of the page.
What was the weather like if your area? Post your comments below.
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