DISCUSSION: As we look all the way back to June 3rd, 1959, we arrive at a historic severe weather event in Kansas state weather history. On that early June date back in 1959, thunderstorms which impacted northwestern Kansas produced up to 18 inches of hail in Selden, Kansas. During the course of this severe weather event, hail fell for a total of 85 minutes, while the temperature dropped from near 80 degrees before the storm to 38 degrees at the height of the storm. This is not entirely uncommon with major hail storms since as large amounts of hail fall through a given region, the ambient environment is often substantially cooled due to large amounts of hail stones rapidly falling through the lower to middle parts of the atmosphere. As this occurs, some hail stones will often melt and thereby extracts heat energy from the ambient environment which cools the lower parts of the troposphere.
Hence, as impressive as this particular temperature change was, the explanation above helps to break down how large temperature changes can occur during a hail storm in a short period of time. To learn more about this particular unprecedented hail storm, click on the following link.
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