After nearly a month and a half of very little rain in the Regional Radio listening area, severe weather hit Central Illinois late Saturday afternoon, bringing with it ping pong ball size hail and high winds.
The National Weather Service at Lincoln received numerous reports of severe weather Saturday afternoon. At 3:50, one-and-a-quarter inch hail was reported one mile northwest of Jacksonville, and at 4:08, three-quarter-inch hail with 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts were reported 2 miles east of Bloomington. Also at 4:08 Saturday afternoon, penny to nickel-size hail was reported 2 miles west of Springfield.
At 4:25 Saturday afternoon, one to one-and-a-quarter inch hail was reported to the Weather Service one mile southwest of Loami, as well as in Mount Pulaski, where damage to cars and soybean fields were reported.
Three-quarter-inch hail was reported in Clinton at 4:30, and 2-inch hail was reported in Mount Pulaski at 4:37.
Elkhart reported one-and-a-half-inch hail at 4:42, and one-and-a-quarter-inch hail was reported 3 miles southeast of Auburn at 4:45. And Divernon reported three-quarter-inch hail at 4:50, and Latham reported one-and-a-half-inch hail at 5:02 Saturday afternoon.
The Weather Service earlier in the day had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the listening area; it lasted until 7 o’clock Saturday night.