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Storms in Central, SD Bring Large Hail and a Tornado

A powerful severe thunderstorm on Tuesday evening dropped hailstones that measured over a baseball's size and dropped one tornado in central South Dakota.



Severe Storms near Pierre

Thunderstorms that developed northwest of Pierre during the first part of the evening hours moved southeast, bringing significant hail and even one tornado with them.


Large hail in Pierre, SD

Photo Credit: Rae Herron - Pierre, SD


The National Weather Service in Aberdeen received a number of large hail reports in Pierre measuring up to 3 inches in diameter. Fort Pierre also receive large hail with baseball size (2.75") reported in the town.


Besides the large hail, the public reported a tornado about 10 to 11 miles south of Fort Pierre near the Stanley and Lyman County line.


Tornado near Ft Pierre, SD

Photo Credit: Lana Davis Richard - 10 miles South of Ft. Pierre


Storms Outside Pierre, SD

The state's central region was not alone, as parts of southwest South Dakota saw hail to the size of golf balls (1.75") north of Pine Ridge during the afternoon hours.


Severe Storm in Oglala and Pine Ridge


National Weather Service Storm Reports (Updated As Of 8:00pm CDT, July 18th, 2023) All times are in Central Daylight Time


07/18/2023 7:18 PM Hail 3.00" Location: Pierre (Hughes County) Photo Submitted Via Facebook.


07/18/2023 7:00 PM Hail 3.00" Location: Pierre (Hughes County) Photo Submitted Via Twitter.


07/18/2023 6:56 PM Hail 2.50" Location: 1 Mi ESE Pierre (Hughes County)

07/18/2023 6:45 PM Hail 2.75" Location: Pierre (Hughes County) Reported Via Facebook.


07/18/2023 6:45 PM Tornado Location: 11 Mi S Fort Pierre (Stanley County)

07/18/2023 6:45 PM Hail 2.75" Location: Fort Pierre (Stanley County) Photo Submitted Via Facebook.


07/18/2023 6:43 PM Hail 1.75" Location: Pierre (Hughes County) Multiple Public Reports Via Facebook.


07/18/2023 6:40 PM Hail 2.00" Location: Pierre Regional Airport (Hughes County)

07/18/2023 6:40 PM Hail 2.00" Location: 1 Mi W Pierre Regional Air (Hughes County) Reported Via Facebook.


07/18/2023 6:37 PM Hail 1.00" Location: Pierre (Hughes County)

07/18/2023 4:06 PM Hail 1.75" Location: 5 Mi N Pine Ridge (Oglala Lakota County)

07/18/2023 4:05 PM Hail 1.00" Location: 2 Mi W Pine Ridge (Oglala Lakota County)

07/18/2023 4:05 PM Hail 1.00" Location: 1 Mi W Pine Ridge (Oglala Lakota County)

07/18/2023 2:13 PM Hail 0.50" Location: 5 Mi SW Dwtn Rapid City (Pennington County)



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