by: Scott McCaulley
While many areas of Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas got hit with strong winds and hail due to Thunderstorms on Monday, the Lakes Region was spared most of the damage as the National Weather Service received a few reports of Hail during the two waves of storms.
The first wave moved through the Lakes Region late in the morning into the early afternoon with the main reports to the NWS coming from Newton County, where Ping Pong Size Hail was reported around the Jasper, Compton, and Mount Sherman Areas. One-inch size hail was reported in Billings in Christian County near the Stone County line. Damage to several trees and buildings were reported as the heaviest lines of storms moved from Joplin through Springfield and other areas to the east.
The second wave of storms hit the region Monday evening with most of the hail reports coming from Barry County near the Missouri-Arkansas Line, where one and half inch hail was reported in areas between Washburn and Eagle Rock. The Interstate 49 corridor between Joplin and Fayetteville did get hit by hail in many areas during both waves of storms.
It will be cooler over the next couple of days with the next chance of Rain predicted for Thursday.