A followup to Tuesday's storm track through Marathon County: We personally were not hit hard. We took a ride around the "block" -- around several blocks -- and saw some serious crop damage in a swath about 1.5 miles wide going from NW to SE through the towns of Hamburg, Berlin, and Maine -- somewhat parallel to County Hwy A.
Corn and soybeans shredded by hail, for example. Grain fields flattened. A few uprooted trees, a bunch of broken trees and downed branches. I think one part of Hwy A was closed off a while due to downed trees, branches and power poles. One metal shed roof on Hwy A was peeled partly off. One Ginseng garden had slatted wooden shade panels going every which way; another couple ginseng gardens with black shade nets ripped loose. Did not take pictures. Local newspaper's pictures were mostly of in-town stuff; doesn't look like they got out to the boonies.
However! if the old German folk saying holds true, we should be just about done with this year's storm track. The saying -- in English, because I can't do the Plattdeutsch version -- says that if there is a hard enough rain on mid-summer's day (June 21) to raise little bubbles when it hits the pavement, which was true here this June, then there will be another 6 weeks of wet weather. ("Then the farmer can sleep"; I guess because it's too wet to go in the fields.)
Credit goes to Gary Klingbeil of Wausau for knowing German proverbs; aka "Sprichworter" aka "Bauernregel" = "Farmers Rules"