As the cooler air moves back into the region later this weekend, severe weather will once again be a threat for the area. June traditionally marks the peak of severe weather in this area. North Dakota averages 20 tornadoes a year, meaning, it is generally hail and high wind that will cause most of the severe weather damage. This time of year it is hail that brings the most damage to crops and is also the most probable severe weather element that forms as well. Although there is little if anything that can be done to protect crops, when widespread hail is reported, I often will create hail maps for this area on my blog (this site) for a more detailed analysis of where the most damage may have occurred.