Hail

This page includes all hail from severe weather events that produced fewer than 5 total severe weather reports.

**Last Updated: 5/20/2020

2010-2019

July 2, 2019: 0.75″ hail occurred in Hilliard at 5:57PM.

April 25, 2019
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2000-2009

Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Storms swept over the Columbus area after 6:30PM, bringing funnel clouds, heavy rain, strong winds and large hail. Hail measuring up to 1.5″ hit the West Side, Upper Arlington and Gahanna, causing several million dollars in damage to homes, cars and trees.

Sunday, April 20, 2003
The Easter Sunday hail storm of 2003 is one of the most damaging the region has ever seen. Storms developed over the Indiana/Illinois border during the afternoon and raced eastward, moving into the Columbus area at around 7pm. Between 7pm and 7:30pm, hail pummeled northern Franklin and southern Delaware counties. The hail in some places was golf ball sized or larger, and in parts of Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Worthington, Dublin and Westerville, it accumulated 6 inches deep. No hail at all was reported immediately to the south and east of this swath.
Thousands of cars were dented, trees were stripped bare and siding, windows and roofs were damaged throughout the northern Columbus suburbs. Hail damages reached as high as $150 million in the region, which was still recovering a year later.

1990-1999

May 14, 1997
Severe weather broke out during the late afternoon across the area, with hail being the most common report. 0.75″ hail fell across Grove City and Whisler in far southern Pickaway County, with it reaching 1.25″ in diameter at Laurelville in Hocking County. Damage was not widespread.

May 3, 1997: 0.88″ hail fell on the far east side of Pataskala just before 10AM.
May 5, 1996: 0.75″ hail occurred in Clintonville between 1:21PM-1:25PM.

1980-1989

Monday, May 9, 1988
Several areas around the Columbus region experienced hail up to 1.25″ in size during the afternoon. 0.75″ hail fell at Port Columbus, briefly delaying flights. Damage was not widespread.

Sunday, May 11, 1980
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1970-1979

Saturday, May 23, 1970
Multiple rounds of thunderstorms struck the Columbus area during the afternoon, bringing high winds, heavy rain and a damaging hail storm. The first storm hit northern parts of Franklin County at about 3:25pm. Upper Arlington received hail up to 1″ in diameter. The hail damaged trees, vehicles and broke out some windows. A secondary storm moved across the city at aroung 6pm with a more widespread, but less damaging pea-size hail.

1960-1969

Saturday, May 28, 1960
Just before noon, the East Side from Bexley north to Agler Road in Linden was hit with an isolated storm that brought heavy rain and hail up to half an inch in diameter. The hail storm lasted up to 15 minutes in the area, pounding gardens and trees, and in some areas, covering the ground completely like a blanket of snow. The hail blocked some sewer drains, causing backups as up to 1.5″ of rain fell in 20 minutes.

1950-1959

Wednesday, June 21, 1955
A sudden storm blew up over the North Side of Columbus between 3PM-4PM on Wednesday afternoon. The storm brought hail as big as 1.75″ in diameter, stripping trees of their leaves “like it was October”. The storm also brought high winds and heavy rain that flooded some streets.

1940-1949

1930-1939

1920-1929

1910-1919

1900-1909

1890-1899

May 18, 1890: Large hailstones were reported at around 4PM across North Columbus, causing many trees to be stripped of their leaves.

1880-1889

1878-1879

To see other severe weather history, visit these links:
Severe Weather Outbreaks
Columbus Tornado History
Thunderstorm Wind
Floods