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Nearly 2 inches drench Mitchell in early morning

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Nearly 2 inches drench Mitchell in early morning
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

An early morning thunderstorm on Tuesday drenched the Mitchell area with nearly 2 inches of rain, the most in one storm since May 2012.


Jeff Chapman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said 1.98 inches of rain fell in Mitchell during the storm, which began shortly after 3:15 a.m. and ended shortly after 5 a.m. The total is the most in one storm since a hailstorm on May 5, 2012, dropped 3.02 inches of rain on the city.

The heaviest rain came between 4 and 5 a.m., when about 1.25 inches fell in Mitchell, according to Chapman.

The storm was the first significant rainfall this month in Mitchell, as the city received just 0.12 inches in the first eight days of July, according to the NWS.

The line of storms brought moisture to most of eastern South Dakota, but the heaviest rain fell in the northeastern part of the state, Chapman said.

Strong winds did not accompany the heavy rainfall, Chapman said, as the strongest wind gust in the Mitchell area during the storm was only 33 mph.

The storm did produce a significant amount of lightning across the eastern portion of the state, Chapman said, with approximately 3,700 strikes per hour between 2 and 3 a.m. and approximately 2,500 strikes per hour between 3 and 4 a.m.

There were no reports of hail or other severe weather, nor were there any reports of damage caused by the storm, Chapman said.

The weather forecast for today calls for sunny skies with a high of 84 degrees.

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