A brief but powerful hailstorm has shredded Comfrey crops, prematurely harvesting bean and cornstalks, July 25.
Jagged, quarter-sized hail was reported 5.8 miles east of Comfrey that reduced soybeans to stubble, knocked leaves off trees and lasted eight minutes.
Residents posted videos of the hail shredding leaves off the trees.
One Facebook poster called the storm “The Big White Combine.”
Hail was so heavy in Blue Earth, it was described as “looking like it just snowed.”
Photos of a number of corn and bean fields hit hard by the storm were posted online.
Comfrey area was looking good. Pushing R2.5 beans and R2 corn then golfball sized hail came through and ended the season, for the most part. I’ll know more tomorrow when I get over there to look myself and assess the situation pic.twitter.com/q1ZkBrTdI4
— Adam (@adeppe86) July 25, 2018
Crops were looking good in Comfrey, then a severe thunderstorm tore through the region and ended the season. Hazards included golf ball-size hail and 60 mph wind gusts.
Reports began near Sanborn at 4:02 p.m. Comfrey was hit at 4:15 p.m. And by 4:19 p.m., the storm was located near Springfield.
As we descend further into the Grand Solar Minimum, hail will increasingly become the new rain.
Keep your eyes to the sky for “The Big White Combine.”
[Featured Image: Fritz Busch]