Yesterday started out as another beautiful day here in Custer, South Dakota. Hot (high 80s), clear blue skies, and some moderate winds, just like every day here. The forecast called for a 50% chance of rain in the afternoon, and by around 4:30PM the sky got very dark, winds picked up, and some intermittent sprinklings of rain came down. Then at around 5PM things suddenly got a lot more intense. I grabbed my iPhone and took a video out the front window of Rover. The storm (and video) lasted over 15 minutes, but I’ve trimmed it down to around 5 minutes since even severe weather can get boring after a while—at least if you’re watching it on video. I assure you we weren’t bored… concerned was more like it! Check out the video below, and turn up your volume for the full “hail vs. motorhome” effect:
Once the hail stopped, we stepped outside and the air was 20–30 degrees cooler! Everyone came out of their RVs to assess the situation. Rover and Red both seemed to be in good shape. In fact, the only damage we could spot was to our folding aluminum outside table… it has lots of little dings in it. The other campers near us also seemed to be OK. Whew!
The next day we read about the weather event in the Washington Post’s weather section. This same weather front created several inches of snow in the Montana, Wyoming and Idaho Rockies, and the National Weather Service said “This pattern should not happen in July.”
Other than the hail, we’re really enjoying our stay and once we move on we’ll be blogging about all the other amazing sights in this area!