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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
908 AM CST Wed Feb 22 2017 /808 AM MST Wed Feb 22 2017/

...Earliest severe size hail in North Dakota reported yesterday
February 21, 2017...

Around 635 PM CST yesterday February 21, 2017 one inch diameter
hail fell 6 miles north of Hettinger, Adams County. This
is the earliest report of severe size hail ever in North Dakota
in the calendar year, based on National Weather Service records.
This is the only report of severe hail in the month of February
in North Dakota.

The previous earliest severe hail report was on March 26, 2003
with 0.88 inch hail reported at McHenry in Foster County. This
day also had the earliest tornado report in North Dakota. A
tornado occurred near Edmunds in Stutsman County. The tornado was
produced by the same thunderstorm as the hail. This earliest hail
record was tied on March 26, 2004 when 0.88 inch hail fell in
Bowman, Bowman County.

Again the hail that fell yesterday was the only severe hail ever
reported in February in North Dakota.

Here are all of the March severe hail reports for North Dakota.

03 26 2003    0.88 inch    McHenry, Foster County
03 26 2004    0.88 inch    Bowman, Bowman County
03 27 2004    0.88 inch    Taylor, Stark County
03 27 2004    0.88 inch    North of Hettinger, Adams County
03 27 2004    0.88 inch    Lehr, Logan County
03 27 2004    0.75 inch    Pekin, Nelson County
03 28 2007    1.00 inch    Max, McLean County
03 29 2012    1.00 inch    Ashley, McIntosh County
03 31 1999    1.00 inch    Englevale, Ransom County

Note that the definition of severe hail changed from 0.75 inch
diameter to 1.00 inch diameter in 2010.

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