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Belmont County Hailstorm, July, 1816

     A severe hailstorm struck Belmont County, Ohio on Saturday, July 27, 1816.  The storm moved from northwest to southeast, and the damage swath was about two miles wide.  Within the hardest hit areas, most corn, oats and garden crops were completely destroyed by the wind-driven hail.  Many windows were also broken by the hailstones. 


Ohio Hailstorms of July 6, 1817

     Severe thunderstorms rumbled their way across Ohio on July 6, 1816.  At St. Clairsville in Belmont County, one thunderstorm was accompanied by large hail.  The hailstones were irregularly shaped and were between 5 and 7 inches in circumference.  At one location, hailstones could still be found at 10:00 a.m. the next day.  Some farmers had their corn stalks stripped of leaves, while crops of smaller grain were so badly beaten down that at best only one-third of the crop could be harvested.

     On the same day, another violent thunderstorm swept across Tuscarawas Township in Stark County.  Hailstones as large as 9 inches in circumference fell there, although not many of this size were found.


June, 1824 Hailstorms

     Southern Belmont County was hit by a destructive hailstorm on June 12, 1824.  Some hailstones in this storm were the size of hen's eggs.  Fields of grain were totally destroyed by the hail.  More large hailstones driven by strong winds hit Stark County just six days later, on June 18.  Fields of grain were also destroyed there, and windows were broken.  The high thunderstorm winds which accompanied the hail also blew down a large amount of timber. 


Franklin County Hailstorm of August, 1825

     North of Worthington in Franklin County, a severe hailstorm occurred on August 1, 1825.  Hailstones as large as hen's eggs and driven by strong winds broke all the windows in a number of houses and destroyed entire fields of corn.  The wind-driven hail also killed geese, sheep, cattle and even horses.  In addition, the high winds blew down trees and fences, and lightning from the same storm killed a man who was sitting down inside his house. 


Guernsey County Hailstorm of 1826

     On July 1, 1826, a narrow but severe hailstorm mowed a path through part of Guernsey County, Ohio and then moved into Belmont County.  The storm traveled northwest to southeast and covered an area about one-half to one mile in width.  Where the storm hit, stalks of corn just about to tassel were cut down to stubbles 6 inches high by hailstones up to the size of hen?s eggs. Wheat was totally threshed by the hailstorm, and the wheat straw was so beaten to pieces nothing could be salvaged.  Tobacco plants were so chopped to pieces that, in some cases, it almost looked as though none had been planted.  Forest trees were stripped of their leaves, while orchard trees not only had their leaves torn off, but their fruit was knocked to the ground also.  Some farmers lost all their crops.


Franklin County Hailstorm of 1831

     A severe thunderstorm roared through Franklin County, Ohio on June 24, 1831 producing strong winds and copious amounts of hail.  The hailstorm extended for a length of 15 miles and was between one and three miles in width.  Whole fields of corn and other grain were destroyed.  Many panes of glass were broken, and even some trees were ruined.  Hail was a foot deep in some places.


Stark County Hailstorm of August, 1834

     During the evening of August 10, 1834, a thunderstorm with a few very large hailstones visited Stark County.  Some hailstones measured between 7 and 9 inches in circumference.  One man picked up one huge hailstone, carried it one-fourth mile and still found it to be a foot in circumference!  It weighed 9 ounces.  Parts of Plain Township in Stark County had the ground covered with smaller hailstones.  Very little wind accompanied the fall of hail.


Carroll County Hailstorm of July 12, 1841

     Southeastern Carroll County, Ohio was hit by a severe thunderstorm accompanied by high winds and hail on July 12, 1841.  Garden crops were ruined by the hail, as were entire fields of grain.  Numerous window panes were also broken by the hail, while the wind blew down fences.


May 22, 1851 Lorain County Hailstorm

   Although of short duration, a hailstorm with hailstones up to three inches in circumference caused considerable damage to windows in the Elyria (Lorain County) area on May 22, 1851.  Nearby, in North Ridgeville, one house had 170 panes of glass broken by the hailstones.


 Perry County, Ohio Hailstorm of July 14, 1854

     A violent hailstorm struck part of Perry County, Ohio on Friday, July 14, 1854.  Hailstones weighing between one ounce and three-fourths pound and measuring up to 8 inches in circumference fell in a strip running from northwest to southeast across part of  that county.  Some sheep had their horns knocked off by the hail, while cattle exposed to the storm were so badly beaten that they could barely move the next day.  Many calves, chickens, dogs, geese, lambs, pigs, and other animals were killed by the hail.  Wheat was destroyed, and corn was beaten to the ground.  Fruit was stripped from orchard trees, while forest trees had their leaves and many of their twigs knocked off.  Wooden fences were badly beaten.  Many windows were riddled, and even some window sashes were broken by the violence of the hailstorm.

Holmes County, Ohio Hailstorm of June, 1879 

     Another Friday hailstorm struck Holmes County on the 6th of June in 1879.  This storm was not quite so violent as that in Perry County above, but much damage was done to crops and fruit trees.  This storm moved from west to east and covered an area between one-half and three-fourths of a mile in width.  Largest hailstones in this storm were an inch in diameter, and they did severe damage to wheat, orchard trees and vineyards.

Gallipolis Hailstorm March 12, 1881

     Hailstones up to two inches in diameter pounded the area near Gallipolis, Gallia County, on March 12, 1881. The hailstorm was then followed by a heavy fall of black rain.

Cincinnati Hailstorm of June, 1881

     A severe hailstorm struck Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, on June 13, 1881.  Hailstones generally between 2 and 6 inches in circumference with a few being reported at 5 inches diameter pounded the Cincinnati area.  Thousands of panes of glass were broken with greenhouses being especially hard hit.  Garden crops were badly mangled by the hail.  Hailstones the size of goose eggs were picked up twenty minutes after the passage of this storm which was the most severe hailstorm then known in that area.

July, 1897 Massillon Hailstorm

     Hailtones up to walnut size pelted Massillon, Stark County, Ohio on July 12, 1897. The hail fell in such quantity that the ground was covered to a depth of 8 inches in some places. Much damage was done to corn and various vegetables. Baskets full of hail were brought into town after the storm by the local farmers.

               Ohio Hailstorms of July, 1900 

     Ashland, Lorain, Portage, Sandusky, Seneca, and Summit counties all reported damaging hailstorms on July 11, 1900.  At Akron in Summit County, a Professor Egbert reported that all hailstones in that storm were large with the largest ones 4.5 inches in circumference and 1.5 inches long.  All hailstones were either spherical or egg-shaped, and from 15 to 22 fell per square foot.  Over in Lorain County, one hailstone at Wellington weighed in at 9 ounces, while up at Elyria the largest hailstone found weighed 4 ounces, was 2.75 inches in diameter, and was composed of nearly solid ice.  A Mr. C. W. Goodspeed observed that this stone began "with a drop almost the size of a pea" and then had a number of layers of ice around the center with each layer a bit thicker than the previous one.  Some of the largest hailstones in this storm were 7, 8 and 10 inches in circumference.  This particular storm lasted about 15 minutes.

 August, 1900 Holmes County, Ohio Hailstorm

     Killbuck in Holmes County was hit by a hailstorm on August 19, 1900.  Corn, garden crops and fruit were damaged by the hailstones which were either flat or oval in shape and had knobs on the edges.  Some hailstones were up to 1.75 inches in diameter, and the hail knocked many apples and peaches off the orchard trees and cut or badly damaged others.

        May Hailstorm In Fulton County, Ohio 

     On May 20, 1902, a severe hailstorm pounded the area north of the town of Wauseon in Fulton County, Ohio.  Hailstones ranging from the size of cherries to that of hens' eggs fell to a depth of between one and four inches.  The storm was accompanied by high winds.  Crops and trees were ruined, more than 100 chickens were killed, 12 sheep were killed and other animals were badly bruised.  The wind with this storm also blew off some chimneys and roofs, and some buildings were moved from their foundations.

Berea, Ohio Hailstorm July 22, 1904

     Hundreds of dollars damage was done in the Berea, Cuyahoga County, Ohio area by a hailstorm which struck on July 22, 1904. Hail fell continuously for over 15 minutes, covering the ground several inches deep. The hailstones were driven by high winds, resulting in many acres of corn, hay, oats and wheat being flattened. Potato vines and various kinds of garden produce were cut to pieces. Grapes were badly damaged, and fruit trees had most of their fruit knocked off.

     Northwest Ohio Hailstorms In April, 1912

     Hail up to about one inch in size rained down on the eastern part of Toledo, Lucas County on April 14, 1912 producing little damage.  South of that city, however, the hail destroyed window panes and panes in greenhouses, killed "hundreds" of chickens, and even knocked branches from trees.  Near Fremont in Sandusky County some hailstones measured almost two inches in diameter, hail demolished windows in Marion, Marion County, and glass broken by hail injured one person in Fostoria, Seneca County.  Still another person was injured by smashed glass between Kenton (Hardin County) and Marion when hailstones broke all the windows on one side of a passenger train.

           Columbus Hailstorm of July, 1913

     July 9, 1913 was a hot day in the Buckey State.  Columbus reported 89 degrees at noon that day.  Thunderstorms rumbled over the southern sections of Columbus producing hail up to three inches in diameter.  There was one report of a hailstone 5.5 inches across, although that went unverified.  Numerous chickens were killed, fields of corn were beaten flat, greenhouses took a beating with one greenhouse employee being injured by flying glass.  Many hundreds of windows in homes, stores, schools, and hospitals were broken.  This was reportedly the worst Columbus hailstorm up to that time.  Harrison and Guernsey counties also reported large hail that day.  

           Lake County, Ohio July, 1917 Hailstorm

     Hailstones pounded a strip about one mile wide and six miles long in Lake County, Ohio on July 9, 1917.  The hailstones were different sizes, and many of them were shaped like buttons about three-fourths inch across and three-eighths to one-half inch thick.  Half of the upper globes on the 100 gasoline street lights in Wickliffe were broken, and practically every house  had windows broken on the west side.  Cherries were bruised and knocked off trees, apples on the west side of the trees were badly cut, and other fruit was damaged considerably by the hail.  In one vineyard at Noble there was hardly one leaf left on the vines.  Wheat stalks were broken over, and some of the kernals had been knocked out of the heads.  Oats was also badly broken.

             Another Lake County Hailstorm

     Lake County, Ohio was hit by another hailstorm on July 8, 1920.  Hailstones up to 11/2 inches in diameter fell at Wickliffe-on-the-Lake.  In the worst hit areas, corn was shredded, oats again was broken down, and grapes were badly damaged.  Some windows were also broken.  One so-called oddity of this storm was that one corn field was riddled by hail, while another field one-fourth to one-eighth mile straight east of it was not even touched by the hail.

   Muskingum County Hailstorm In July, 1921

     A severe thunderstorm coming from the east at 8:30 in the evening began producing hail at Philo (Muskingum County, Ohio) by 8:35 p.m. on July 11, 1921.  The hail only lasted five minutes, but much damage was done in that short time.  Hailstones in this storm were irregularly shaped.  Some were one and seven-eighths by one by three-fourths inch.  Leaves of trees, corn, grapes and other vegetation were cut off by the hail.  Apples were knocked off trees, and many that were left on were badly bruised.  Holes were punched into tomatoes.  Windows and even some slate roofs were damaged by the hail, while strong thunderstorm winds uprooted large oak trees.

   Cincinnati, Ohio Hailstorm of August, 1923

     Hailstones of various shapes and sizes pounded Cincinnati (Hamilton County, Ohio) for 11 minutes during the afternoon of August 26, 1923  in an area approximately four miles wide and between 10 and 11 miles long.  The hailstones ranged from pea size to over an inch in diameter and were shaped somewhat like disks, although others were more globuler.  Hail up to two inches in depth covered the ground like snow, and the roof corners of one building had piles of hail 6 and 8 inches deep 11/2 hours after the end of the storm.  Thousands of dollars damage was done by the hail.  Windows, street lights and sky lights were broken by the hail which also pierced car tops and awnings.  Eighteen dents were found in the anemometer cups on top of the Government Building.

   August Hailstorm in Hocking County, Ohio

     Early in the morning of August 5, 1925, large hailstones pelted an area about half a mile in width and ten miles in length in Hocking County, Ohio.  Hailstones in this storm ranged between 11/2 and 2 inches in diameter and resulted in an estimated loss to the corn and melon crops of $15,000.  Roofs were punched full of holes, large dents were made on the sides of houses, and a truck could be loaded with hailstones 12 hours after the storm.

    May, 1932 Holmes County, Ohio Hailstorm

     Although "large" hailstones fell from the sky for ten minutes in Holmes County, Ohio on May 8, 1932 damage from the hail was not severe.  The storm did snarl traffic for a time, and ten panes of glass were broken in a Millersburg greenhouse. 

Holmes County, Ohio Hailstorm of July, 1932

     At approximately 9:00 p.m. on July 28, 1932 a severe hailstorm hit eastern Holmes County and was felt as far as Dundee, Tuscarawas County.  People living near Winesburg first became aware of the storm when they heard "a low rumbling noise accompanied by sudden but short gusts of wind."  In the northwest was what seemed to be a low rain cloud which was quite light in color and encircled by a dark cloud.  Shortly before the cloud's passage over the area near Winesburg, the wind began to pick up and was soon so strong that it uprooted trees, tore roofs off buildings, and damaged most movable objects in its path.

     As the windstorm was at its peak, hail began to fall.  The worst of the half-hour-long storm centered around the Village of Trail.  There, four inches of hail fell, damaging roofs and breaking every window on the north side of every house in the village.  West of Winesburg, one house had 23 window panes broken by the hailstones.  Within the hail swath, which was up to two miles wide, whole fields of corn were beaten down to stubbles just a foot in height.  Many of the hailstones were as large as walnuts, and they not only destroyed corn but also riddled garden crops and entirely stripped some orchards of fruit.  The orchard trees also had most of their leaves knocked from them making the trees appear to be in the heart of winter.

     Approximately one mile west of Winesburg, grass in pasture fields was flattened to such an extent by the storm that "it looked as though a large roller had been moved over the land."  Between Winesburg and Trail, the hail came so fast that the wind heaped it into drifts two feet deep along the roads.  Some of these drifts could still be seen at noon the next day. 


Martins Ferry Hailstorm of June, 1933

     June of 1933 was hot and dry in Ohio.  On the morning of June 5, a low pressure area was located north of Lake Erie and winds in Ohio were generally from southerly directions with 8:00 a.m. temperatures mostly in the lower 70?s across extreme southern sections of the Buckeye State.

     Shortly before midnight of June 5, a severe thunderstorm swept over part of northern Belmont County, pounding an area about one and one-half miles wide and 20 miles long with large hail.  Martins Ferry received the most severe pounding.  Many of the hailstones were about 2 inches in size, but some were up to 3 and 4 inches in diameter, while one hailstone was reported to have weighed 6 ounces.

     Numerous cars were wrecked by the 12-minute-long storm as the large stones made holes in their metal roofs, awnings were torn to shreds, business signs were destroyed, branches were ripped from trees, shrubs were broken, and holes two inches deep were made in yards.  Street lights were knocked out, hundreds of windows were shattered, holes were made in metal gutters, and the hailstones even went through the roofs of houses resulting in some dwellings being flooded by the accompanying heavy rains.  The high school alone suffered 200 broken windows.

     After the storm, there were hail drifts a foot deep which did not melt until two days later.  Total damage was eventually put at $87,500.




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