South Dakota summer weather is always unpredictable. And going from 95F with blue skies to hail storm in one hour and back to 95F is not unusual (I experienced hail while riding Custer Park a few years ago.It hurts…). But the 2009 rally has been plagued by more storms than usual.
A fierce hail storm blasted the Sturgis area late Friday afternoon, injuring at least two people, smashing windows of cars and of several homes and damaging at least hundreds of cars and motorcycles, mostly east of town. The storm appeared initially to be a narrow system, but it exploded when it got to Sturgis. Sirens were blown but too late for most to put their cars and motorcycles under shelter. Hail nearly 3 inches in diameter fell in the area during the storm. Wind reports ranged from 60 mph to 70 mph. Sadly, many drivers/bikers are going to discover that they don’t carry hail storm insurance… (pictures from Rogue).