BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Labor Day weekend kicked off with hot, muggy weather and storms that brought hail to western and central North Dakota on Friday night.
The National Weather Service got a report of 3-inch hail “about the size of tea cups,” in an area about nine miles southwest of Mandan, meteorologist Lindsay Tardif-Huber said.
Othere areas got hail in various coin sizes, she said.
Half-dollar-size hail was reported in Mandan and quarter-size hail near Bismarck.
“We got a lot of reports of quarter-size hail, and nickels and pennies,” Tardif-Huber said.
There were reports of baseball-size hail in Glen Ullin, and strong winds west of Mandan. A report of a funnel cloud north of Glen Ullin led to a tornado warning and a driver reported a funnel cloud west of Mandan, but there were no reports of a tornado touchdown, officials said.
“We had one report of 60 mph winds west of Mandan,” Tardif-Huber said. “Here at the (Bismarck) airport, the strongest we got 45 mph.”
The storms moved through between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., she said.
By 10 p.m., she said, “we’re pretty much done. We should be in the clear.”