Incredible 18 inches of hail accumulates and damages crops in Michigan


After record-breaking hailstones fell from the Colorado sky earlier this week.

Now a snowstorm of ice left staggering amounts of hail accumulations and damage to some crops in Michigan.

Up to 18 inches of hail accumulates in the southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan on August 14, 2019. Picture: AccuWeather/ Blake Naftel

Large piles of ice may be one of the last things people might expect to see on the ground in mid-August. But this is exactly what some residents across southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, found outside their homes on Wednesday.

After a new hailstone size record was broken in Colorado earlier this week, a powerful thunderstorm unleashed significant amounts of hail in Michigan on Wednesday. In some places, as much as 18 inches of hail accumulated.

The severe thunderstorm dumped dime- to ping-pong-ball-sized hail across southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, on Aug. 14. The slow speed at which the storm moved through the area — just 15 mph — is what caused the unusually large hail accumulation.

This recent storm brought also heavy downpours and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Several soy and corn crops were damaged by the onslaught of hail.

Hail can also damage crops, although luckily it’s usually pretty localized, so while it may ruin some fields, it usually won’t ruin an entire crop. Hail damage costs insurance companies billions of dollars in claims every year.

So always be prepared because the next hail storm may be brewing in your area and you don’t even see it coming!

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