Three inches of rain near Pressey

By: 
Mona Weatherly
Managing Editor

A thunderstorm that marched across southern Custer County in the early morning hours dumped 2.90 inches of rain near Pressey State Wildlife Management Area. That's an unofficial amount.

Here's an account by Custer County Chief Managing Editor Mona Weatherly who lives west of Pressey.

"I woke around 4 a.m. to thunder and lightning. The weather radio went off with a thunderstorm warning for the Anselmo area. Not too long after that, the rain started. At times it was very heavy. The weather radio went off between 4:30 and 5 a.m. with a warning for our area. The storm moved south and another warning was issued for south of us a little after 5 a.m. I heard "torrential rains" as part of that warning. This morning my husband reported 'Just ten hundredths shy of three inches' in the rain gauge. I don't know if there was hail. At times it sounded like it but it didn't sound like big hail. We have leaves and twigs down and there are rips in the sunflower leaves. One sunflower (about a half inch stem) was broken off. The image is a National Weather Service image of radar about 10 a.m. this morning (8/8/2018). Looks like the cell kept marching south and has now crossed into Kansas."

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