August 9, 1843 Significant Hailstorm "On the Grand Prairie"

A significant hailstorm hit the prairie north of Montmorenci in late summer 1843.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 9:45 PM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 10:29 PM

On August 9, 1843, a severe hailstorm hit about 4 miles south of Round Grove “on the Grand Prairie” . Large hailstones accumulated 2-3” deep, flattening the tall stems of prairie grass & vegetable gardens & crop fields.

Even at 11:30 a.m. on August 10, a man brought a pint container of large hailstones to the Lafayette Courier newspaper office to show that were deposited by the storm at 3 p.m. on August 9.  He said that “thousands of bushels could have been gathered.”

Site of hailstorm:

It was active for severe & flooding storms in early August with many reports like these from Pennsylvania to D.C. to New York to even Maine.  It was a very, very wet & stormy mid to late summer mid-Atlantic to the northeast. 

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