Mother Nature brought her summer problem of hail to Hill County Thursday, with hail denting cars and shredding leaves in gardens in the Havre area and hitting some crops out in the county.
The National Weather Service reports hail from ¼-inch to ½-inch in diameter north of Havre Thursday afternoon, and hailstones up to an inch in diameter on the east end of Havre, swinging north as it progressed.
Daryl Sather, who farms north of Havre, said hail hit his crops, but he does not yet know how badly the storm damaged them. The storm there also dropped more than 2 inches of rain, the Weather Service reports.
“The sun will show, in a couple of days, the damage, ” Sather said.
Hill County Extension Agent Joe Broesder said this morning he had not yet heard if crops were damaged badly in the storms. He said he also heard of a hailstorm that hit north of Gildford in the afternoon.
Hail hit the area earlier this year, doing some damage to crops, although it mainly has missed Havre prior to Thursday.
Storms did hit crops June 28 north of Rudyard, July 12 in the eastern Bear’s Paw Mountains, and July 13 when a severe storm damaged crops near Box Elder and in the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.