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Large Hail, March 28, 2017


Strong surface heating ahead of a mid-level trough of low pressure led to increased instability during the mid afternoon hours of Tuesday March 28, 2017. This led to the formation of some isolated strong to severe thunderstorms, which produced large hail of 1 to 2 inches in diameter over portions of Jones County between 4:30 and 5 pm.

The Storm Prediction Center issued a Mesoscale Discussion and Graphic at 1:58 pm Tuesday highlighting the threat of severe thunderstorms which could produce hail. 

SPC Mesoscale Discussion Graphic issued at 1:58 pm, Tuesday March 28, 2017.


The initial Severe Thunderstorm Warning of the day was issued at 4:14 pm for portions of central Jones, Lenoir and Craven Counties. A second Warning was issued further east at 4:52 pm for eastern Jones, along with portions of Craven and Onslow Counties. Here is a look at radar reflectivity of the supercell storm east of Pollocksville in Jones County around 5:12 pm. 


Radar reflectivity image of supercell storm over Craven County at approximately 5:12 pm, March 27, 2017. 


Multiple reports of large hail were received from Jones County. Here are two images (courtesy WITN TV and David Markey)


Hail Images from Jones County, March 27, 2017.