Photos Document Impact of Recent Hail Damage - UNL CropWatch, August 24, 2011

Photos Document Impact of Recent Hail Damage - UNL CropWatch, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

From one minute to the next, hail can destroy a field, stripping the plants of their foliage and dashing all hope for record-breaking yields.   The following photos capture some of the devastation that farmers in eastern Wyoming and eastern and western Nebraska have had to face in the last two weeks.

If you would like to share photos of storm damage in your area, send them to Lisa Jasa and we'll try to include them.  Please include the date and location of the field.

Sunflowers before hail damage

 Dryland sunflower field in western Nebraska before the hail. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Sunflowers after hail damage

Dryland sunflower field in western Nebraska after the hail. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Hailed corn

Hailed corn field in eastern Nebraska. (Photo by Charles Shapiro)

Hailed corn

Hailed corn field in LaGrange, Wyoming. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Hailed soybeans

Hailed soybean field in eastern Nebraska.  (Photo by Charles Shapiro)

Eastern Nebraska Severe Storms

The National Weather Service reported that a complex of severe thunderstorms moved through eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa during the afternoon and evening of Thursday, August 18.

Hail up to softball size was reported in several locations, as evidenced by crop damage in eastern Nebraska.  A peak wind of 92 mph was also measured at Eppley Airfield around 7:30 p.m.

There was also at least one brief tornado in eastern Nebraska, which occurred in Antelope County, west of Clearwater.

View a map of hail, high wind, and tornado reports for the area at the NWS Storm Prediction Center.

 

 

Hailed potatoes

Hailed potato field near LaGrange, Wyoming. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Hailed dry beans

Hailed dry bean field near LaGrange, Wyoming. (Photo by Gary Stone)