4-28-2000 Hailstorms


Severe thunderstorms developed across southeast North Carolina, producing hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter from Interstate 95 east to the coast during the mid and late afternoon hours. A total of 10 severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for 6 counties in NWS Wilmington's county warning area.

The thunderstorms developed during the afternoon as an upper level low pressure system moved directly over the area. The main severe weather threat was large hail as very cold air aloft was associated with the upper level low. The first report of large hail was received around 2:30 PM as 1.75 inch diameter hail fell just south of Fairmont in Robeson county. As other storms developed, several reports of dime to quarter sized hail were received from Bladen and Columbus counties. By 3:30 PM, the storms merged into a solid line extending from southern Pender county into Brunswick county. As this line advanced east, 1 inch hail was reported in Leland around 4:30 PM and nickel size hail fell in the Myrtle Grove area of New Hanover county before the line moved off the coast.

Widely scattered thunderstorms continued to develop behind this line of storms during the late afternoon hours. Another round of severe weather occurred across Robeson county as 3/4 inch hail fell in Red Springs. The event ended with a rainbow over New Hanover county.

The images below show the base reflectiviy and vertical integrated liquid (VIL) products from the Wilmington NWS radar around the time of the large hail near Fairmont and Leland. The VIL product gives a look at the total amount of water in a thunderstorm and large values indicate the possibility of large hail.

1822 UTC Reflectivity Reflectivity image from 2:22 PM 4/28/00

The storm that produced the 1.75 inch diameter hail was just south of Fairmont in southern Robeson county.

1822 UTC VIL VIL image from 2:22 PM 4/28/00
2012 UTC Reflectivity Reflectivity image from 4:12 PM 4/28/00

The line of storms stretched from southern Pender county into Brunswick county and dropped 1 inch diameter hail in Leland.

2012 UTC VIL VIL image from 4:12 PM 4/28/00
Rainbow Rainbow east of the NWS office in Wilmington after the thunderstorms.

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON, NC
TIME(EDT)  .....CITY LOCATION.....STATE   ...EVENT/REMARKS...
           ....COUNTY LOCATION....
0200 PM    BURGAW                    NC   WIND DAMAGE
04/28/00   PENDER                         EM REPORTED TREES DOWNED
                                          AND ROOF DAMAGE ON NORTH
                                          SIDE OF TOWN
0227 PM    7S FAIRMONT               NC   1.75 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   ROBESON
0255 PM    S TARHEEL                 NC   1.00 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   BLADEN                         NICKEL AND QUARTER SIZE
					  HAIL REPORTED BY FIREMAN
0255 PM    W EVERGREEN               NC   1.00 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   COLUMBUS                       TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED
                                          QUARTER SIZED HAIL
0317 PM    NR BLADENBORO             NC   .88 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   BLADEN                         NICKEL SIZE HAIL REPORTED
                                          BY EMERGENCY MANAGER
0330 PM    BUG HILL                  NC   .75 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   COLUMBUS                       NICKEL SIZED HAIL REPORTED
                                          BY THE NAKINA RESCUE SQUAD
0405 PM    NR ROWAN                  NC   .75 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   BLADEN                         TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED
					  DIME SIZED HAIL COVERING THE
					  GROUND
0416 PM    NR WINNABOW               NC   .75 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   BRUNSWICK                      TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED
                                          DIME SIZE HAIL
0425 PM    NR LELAND                 NC   1.00 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   BRUNSWICK                      TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED
                                          QUARTER SIZED HAIL
0427 PM    NR MYRTLE GROVE           NC   .88 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   NEW HANOVER                    NICKEL SIZED HAIL REPORTED
         				  BY FIRE DEPARTMENT
0455 PM    RED SPRINGS               NC   .75 INCH HAIL
04/28/00   ROBESON