Hail accumulations could still be seen Friday morning from Thursday's hail storm in the northern part of Somerville. | Courtesy of Cam Emerson

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Hail accumulates from storms

Published 12:17pm Friday, April 6, 2012

Several areas of Morgan County recorded accumulations of hail from Thursday evening’s severe thunderstorms.

Kurt Weber, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Huntsville, said most of the hail was less than one inch, but it wasn’t enough to cause some major damage.

“We had a lot of reports of quarter or pea size hail,” Weber said. “We had one report of golf ball sized hail in Marshall County. Golf ball size hail is large enough to do some roof and car damage, but pea size hail is really too small to do that.”

Weber said the hail accumulations could be attributed to the slow-moving nature of Thursday’s storms. According to one Enquirer reader, accumulated hail looked like snowfall in the northern part of Somerville.

“They storms moved slowly and they trained across the same areas, dumping a large amount of hail and rainfall,” Weber said.

In addition to the hail, areas of Morgan also received lots of rainfall. Trinity reported areas of 2.5 inches to 3 inches of rain, all of which fell within an hour to prompt a flash flood warning.

Rain, however, is not in the weather forecast for the next seven days. Dry cold fronts are expected to move through the area, bringing with it much more seasonal temperatures. Highs will drop to the mid-60s to low-70s. Lows will be in the 40s.

The area could even see a light frost on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Forecasted lows are near 40 for both days.

Weber said some models are showing even lower temperatures.

“Right now, we’re being very conservative with the forecast,” Weber said. “Those models are showing that we could have a heavier frost or a light freeze, but right now, we think it’s just going to be around the 38- to 40-degree range.”

Weber said farmers and gardeners should pay attention to weather forecasts to see whether any action is needed to protect their plants and crops.

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