Funnel clouds part of spring storms in regionA string of spring thunderstorms traveled north through the area, bringing funnel clouds, heavy rain, hail and strong winds to some locations.
By: Chris Huber, The Daily Republic
There was a little bit of everything in South Dakota for weather watchers Sunday.
A string of spring thunderstorms traveled north through the area, bringing funnel clouds, heavy rain, hail and strong winds to some locations.
Funnel clouds were first reported around 3 p.m. Sunday when the Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office said two funnel clouds were spotted in northwest Bon Homme County.
According to Sheriff Jason Bechtold, neither touched the ground.
Around 4 p.m., reports over a police scanner said there was a funnel cloud 10 miles north of Tripp that “touched down four or five times.” But the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office said it caused no damage.
While the storm moved through the area, there were no official tornado warnings or watches issued.
It was a classic wild spring weather pattern in the state, with temperatures ranging from the 20s to the high 50s depending on the location. Winds in the 50s were fairly common across central South Dakota, with gusts of 45 mph in Mitchell.
Snow was reported in West River, with up to 6 inches falling around Lead in the northern Black Hills over the weekend.
It was warmer but still plenty wet on the eastern side of the state.
Heavy rain pounded down and quarter-sized hail was reported in western Mitchell on Sunday morning. But it didn’t cause major damage.
The stoplights and the intersection of Main Street and Highway 37 bypass were also not functioning during the afternoon storm. The stoplight appeared to have been hit by lightning, according to the Public Safety Division, which sent an officer there to help sort out traffic.
Mitchell received 1.33 inches of rain Sunday and .59 inches of rain on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy rain near the Davison-Hanson county line raised concerns about flooding, but there was no sign of water over roads or causing any problems.