PARSHALL Hail, rain and strong winds slammed down on a resort area, county park and farm fields west of Parshall Monday evening, causing damage to crops, structures and trees.
Brendle's Bay Resort, 9 1/2 miles west of Parshall, had from quarter to golf-ball size hail. Some mobile homes there had broken windows as a result of the storm. A carport sitting next to a mobile home ended up in the Parshall Bay Recreation Area, a county-owned park, across the road. The carport took down a power line on its way to the park.
Barb Knutson, park manager, said tree rows stopped the carport or it would have hit a couple trailers.
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Mammatus clouds or “bumpy clouds,” are shown over Minot about 6 p.m. Monday. These clouds show that things are unstable and fairly turbulent weather, said Vern Roller, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. High winds and hail going through the region Monday night and during the early morning hours Tuesday caused damage in some areas.
Kim Knutson, husband of the park manager, who was cleaning up tree branches Tuesday, said most of the damage in the park was dead tree branches blowing down. "We don't have major busted windows," he said. But he said a steel flagpole was bent as a result of the storm.
Several campers in the park had some hail damage and a tree branch fell on a trailer but the branch just had to be moved out of the way and apparently didn't cause any damage.
Residents estimated the wind was between 70 and 80 mph when it blew through the area.
Other area hail, wind reports
BISMARCK The National Weather Service in Bismarck had a number of reports of hail and high winds in storms passing through the region Monday night and early Tuesday.
Besides the strong wind and hail in the Parshall area, the weather service had reports including:
1-inch hail 3 miles north-northwest of Stanley in Mountrail County.
1-inch hail north of Dunn Center in Dunn County.
1-inch hail at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park south of Watford City in McKenzie County, also 9 miles south of Blaisdell in Mountrail County and 5 miles northwest of Berthold where there also was 50 to 60 mph wind.
Nickel-sized hail at Tagus, also in Mountrail County.
68 mph wind 2 miles north of Carpio.
In other reports, Mohall had a total of about 2 inches of rain Monday night and Tuesday. Bottineau had almost 3 inches of rain and the International Peace Garden, north of Dunseith, had extensive rain on Tuesday.
Clayton and Inez Lee live about 4 miles south of the Brendle's bait shop. She said the storm hit around 6 p.m. and the wind was more damaging than the hail. She said a bedroom window was broken in their home and at their daughter's home, about 3 1/2 miles north, a big dining room window was broken. Siding also was pitted at their daughter's home, she said.
Inez Lee said most of the hail was quite small, although there were a few larger-sized hailstones.
"We had a basketball hoop out here for the kids for years and it blew over. It was pretty heavy but the wind must have got it," she said.
Tom and Claudia Schneider live along Parshall Bay, about 1/2 mile north of the resort. She said small windows in their chicken coop and barn were broken out but there was no damage to the house. However, a pickup parked outside now has dents.
She estimated their crops have 50 percent hail and wind damage. The hail there was golf ball-size "and it pounded," she said.
She said seven empty tanks at an oil well site on their property blew over.
"It came from the south and went north of us," she said of the storm.
Others escaped the bad weather part of the storm moving through the area. The City of Parshall had rain. Jim Foote, who lives about 15 miles south of Parshall, said there was just some rain at his place.
However, area residents said it is certainly green because of all the rain. Barb Knutson said she's been mowing a lot this summer, but she also has assistance in mowing.
"Everything is still green and it's August," she said.