Severe Weather Yesterday–Conditions Exist for More Today

Written by on July 2, 2019

Severe weather across the Big Horn Basin yesterday brought torrential rain–large hail and even a tornado warning.
The National Weather Service in Riverton issued a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday afternoon around 1:20 P.M. as it tracked a large cell tracking towards Thermopolis.
As the storm roared past Hamilton Dome–then through the surrounding area and finally Thermopolis itself–it dropped a significant amount of hail. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Riverton released a quick review of the hail and severe weather yesterday afternoon on YouTube. They noted the largest hail they found was around 2 and a quarter inches–between the size of a golfball and baseball. There have been reports of damage to vehicles and property–primarily siding and windows.
The weather event was also described as a tornadic thunderstorm–with heavy rotations captured by local residents via video. No official reports of a tornado touching down were recieved by NWS.
Conditions exist again today for severe storms to develop–the Hazadous Weather Outlook from NWS indicates residents should expect scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms–much like yesterday. The forecast for Independence Day weekend also calls for scattered storms across northern and northwest Wyoming.

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