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Forum staff reports, Published May 23 2012

Stormy weather dumps hail, damages trees

FARGO – Stormy weather moved across parts of North Dakota and Minnesota on Tuesday, dumping hail on some counties and damaging trees in others.

The National Weather Service received a report of 2-inch diameter hail falling on Wishek, N.D., almost covering the ground.

Penny- to golf ball-size hail also was reported in Barnes, Bottineau, LaMoure, Stutsman and Ward counties, damaging vehicles in some areas. Nickel- to quarter-size hail fell with gusty winds northeast of Wadena, Minn.

Strong winds downed a couple of trees in Larimore, N.D., and a gust of 58 mph was reported at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Wind also downed trees near Bemidji, Minn.

A funnel cloud that extended halfway to the ground was reported by a storm chaser near Blaisdell, N.D., in Mountrail County.

Fargo received 0.31 inch of rain at Hector International Airport, while a weather service observer in north Moorhead reported 0.47 inch of rain.

Tuesday’s high temperature of 93 degrees at the Fargo airport tied the old record set on May 22, 1980.