Weather Talk: Weather that only happens here, also happens elsewhere
With 9 inches of old winter snow on the ground Sunday, March 4, thundershowers rolled in from the south producing pea- to marble-sized hail, along with thunder and lightning.
The next day, we were buried under half a foot of fresh snow. "Only in North Dakota," wrote everybody in North Dakota on Facebook. Across the river in Minnesota, people wrote, "Only in Minnesota."
Logically these statements cannot both be correct. But from a climatological point of view, both statements are fundamentally wrong, anyway.
Small hail falling from a weak thundershower over snowpack, followed quickly by another snowfall is classic late winter/early spring weather anywhere north of Texas. It happens from New England across the Midwest into the Mid-South and across the Great Plains and into the Rockies.
It doesn't happen every day, but it happens with regularity in many different places. Spring brings changeable weather.