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Kanawha Valley Show: Teays Valley & Charleston, WV - July 2, 2002 - 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

By DAN ROBINSON
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Strong thunderstorms developed over most of the state on Tuesday afternoon and lasted until sunset. Bright daylight prevented any still photography, but the frequent, loud, close cloud-to-ground lightning was something to watch.

At right is a compilation of video from along I-64 in Teays Valley and from Fort Hill in Charleston (Click on still thumbnail images for MP3 thunder audio clips).

The NEXRAD doppler radar image at right shows the abundance of storms over much of the state at 5:00PM. Some of the lightning in the video at right was from the two small cells in Putnam County, shown on this radar image (in the 'P'-shaped county just west of Charleston). Severe thunderstorm incidents were numerous, including warnings in Boone, Clay, Raleigh and Kanawha counties as well as many counties in near the Virginia border.

The following severe weather events were reported to the National Weather Service from this day's storms:

  • 1.5" diameter hail reported in Whitesville, Boone County
  • 1" diameter hail reported in Beckley, Raleigh County
  • 1" diameter hail reported in Eskdale, Kanawha County
  • 1" diameter hail reported in Amherstdale, Logan County
  • 0.88" diameter hail reported in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
  • 0.88" diameter hail reported in Monroe County
  • 0.75" diameter hail reported in Summersville, Nicholas County
  • 0.75" diameter hail reported in Far, Summers County
  • 0.75" diameter hail reported in Moorefield, Hardy County
  • Wind damage reported in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
  • Wind damage reported in Union, Monroe County
  • Wind damage reported in Beckley, Raleigh County
Source: NOAA SPC

Camera: Fuji Finepix 4700 Digital

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