Two pounds of ice, packed into a hard ball, landed on Les Scott’s yard Friday. Scott scooped it up, along with two smaller but still impressive hailstones, and put them in the refrigerator freezer in his old house in the tiny town of Vivian in north-central South Dakota.
Records indicate June 2010 was the hottest June ever recorded on the planet. Here in Mitchell, we’ve seen massive rainstorms, flooding, intense heat and mighty winds that toppled dozens of trees in town.
Typical South Dakota summer or a sign that climate change is a reality and we will see wild weather from now on?