NJ Weather: Hail as Big as Tennis Balls Reported as Severe Thunderstorms Hit Region
Hail the size of tennis balls pelted parts of New Jersey on Friday as a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the area, according to the National Weather Service.
Some of the largest hailstones – measured at 2.50 inches in diameter, about as big as a standard tennis ball – were found at Shamong in Burlington County, according to reports from weather observers. Hailstones as big as ping pong balls, up to 1.50 inches in diameter, were reported at Cherry Hill in Camden County and Medford Lakes in Burlington County.
In the Ashland area of Camden County, a resident reported half dollar (1.25 inch diameter) hail. At Cherry Hill and Marlton, weather watchers reported quarter-sized (1-inch-diameter) hail, while nickel-sized (0.88-inch-diameter) hail was reported in Voorhees.
“Numerous reports of hail 1.5-2″ in diameter have been received from central Camden and Burlington counties,” the Mount Holly Weather Service Office said on Twitter.
Tennis ball-sized hailstones are considered rare in New Jersey, and more common in places like the Midwest or Deep South. However, in July 2021, hail the size of tennis balls and golf balls fell from the sky during intense thunderstorms that hit Bergen County.
According to data from the National Weather Service, the largest hailstone ever reported in New Jersey measured 3 inches in diameter. The hail monster – slightly larger than a standard baseball – fell on June 23, 1969 in Cherry Hill.
Tornado watch lifted
Late Friday morning, the weather agency issued a tornado watch for 13 counties across the Garden State, but no funnel clouds were spotted Friday evening, and the watch was lifted in all regions by 6:15 p.m.
Although there was no tornadic activity, waves of intense thunderstorms moved across the state and triggered a series of severe thunderstorm warnings in several counties. Some of the storms produced heavy downpours, strong wind gusts and large hail.
By one point early Friday evening, about 4,000 homes and businesses across the state had lost power, according to data from utility companies. By 7 p.m. Friday, the total number of outages had fallen to around 3,600.
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NJ Advance Media Writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.
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