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Hello Spring, Hello Thunder

An evening cluster of showers and thunderstorms reminded us that spring is here. Tony blogs on the fireworks.

Spring Storms Cross Region

That first batch of spring thunderheads formed in the June-like heat of this April day. Most communities had either a shower or a brief evening heavy thunderstorm in response to the mid 80s heat that returned to the area.

Most cells on radar stayed well below severe limits, but one short-lived Tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Southern Elliott and Northern Morgan Counties as a fast moving cell skimmed along the county line.

911 dispatchers in Elliott County reported no damage as of 8:15 PM. By that time the cell had weakened into a run-of-the-mill thundershower as it moved into Lawrence County.

By 8:30 PM. Tyler Messer from Grayson Kentucky reported first marble then quarter sized hail. Then beginning around 11PM and thru 12:30 AM, a healthy hail storm traveled along Rt. 35 thru Pike, Jackson and , Gallia Ohio into Mason and Jackson Counties WV. Reports are that hailstones reached the size of golf balls with some window damage near Rio Grande.

For the overnight hours, showers and thunderstorms will fade as they cross into the mountains of WV.

One final note, these rains are doing some good work on our parched forests ahead of what promises to be two hot, sunny and windy days. With the recent rash of brush fires, this rain is a God-send.

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