- On March 20, 2018
Even though Spring doesn’t officially start for a few more days, the current weather pattern would say otherwise. Several large storms rolled through parts of Central Texas yesterday evening dropping baseball-sized hail and carried 80mph winds. While it’s not uncommon for early spring storms, this is definitely an earlier start to the 2018 storm season than what was predicted.
Conditions were ripe with ample moisture and enough jet stream energy to kick off severe weather in the afternoon and evening hours. Several severe thunderstorm watches were issued by the storm prediction center calling for large hail and severe wind gusts. A storm is considered severe if it contains 1 inch or greater hail or wind gusts of 58 mph or greater.
Texas Cities Impacted By Hail On March 18, 2018
The largest reports of hail from the March 18 storms came from College Station and Caldwell County, but scattered storms spanned almost all of Central Texas from Lampasas to Huntsville. Reports came in early that cars were damaged and windows were broken on some vehicles. These storms packed a lot of wind, as well Emergency management in northern and northeastern Walker County reported several trees down, some of which had fallen on homes. Wind gusts neared 80 mph, but it is unclear if a tornado caused the damage. In College Station alone there are an estimated 57,960 housing units and buildings in the areas impacted by the hail storm.
Photos From March 18 Hail Storm
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