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Funnel Clouds Across East-Central, SD

We once again saw strong to severe thunderstorms move across parts of South Dakota for the fourth day in a row. This time around, a couple of funnel cloud reports have come into the National Weather Service Offices.



In the city of Madison, a funnel cloud that descended and ascended occurred as a line of storms move through Lake County.


Towards the north, a storm chaser about two miles south of Volga reported a brief funnel cloud as a tornado warned stormed raced across Brookings County.


Continuing our track northward, two funnel cloud reports came in near the Estelline area as storms quickly traveled northeast into Deuel County.

Photo Credit: Tristan Molitor - Near Estelline, SD



Besides reports of funnel clouds, the area saw large hail and gust winds. The largest hail reported occurred about four miles northeast of Tea where ping pong ball size hail (1.50") was reported. Quarter size hail (1.00") was also reported in Watertown, Hazel, 3 miles northwest of Lake Norden, 3 miles north of Sioux Falls, 4 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, and 1 mile northwest of Harrisburg.


Thunderstorm wind gusts were the strongest in the southeast where 70mph winds were reported near Brandon, a couple of miles northeast of Tyndall, and also near Big Stone City.