Friday, July 30, 2010

Severe Weather History for July 30

On July 30, 1979, a massive hailstorm struck Ft. Collins, Colorado, producing baseball to grapefruit size hail for over 30 minutes.  This storm caused what, to date, had only been the 2nd death ever recorded in U.S. History from a hailstone.  To make that statistic even worse, the victim was a 3 month old baby, who died when a hailstone struck the child in the head as his mother was attempting to rush him to safety.

The image above is a long-distance shot of the thunderstorm responsible for producing the devastation of that day.  Twenty-five people were injured and over 3,000 automobiles severely damaged from this storm, not to mention the other property damage that was widespread across the city.

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