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Wild Graduation Day Weather Stirs Memories of 2012 Commencement Storm[VIDEO]

2012 Absegami High Graduation/Facebook

Graduation ceremonies are planned at a handful of South Jersey high schools today, and there’s a chance for rain in the forecast.

Commencements scheduled for tonight include Hammonton High School and the schools in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District; Absegami, Oakcrest and Cedar Creek.

But after a line of gusty thunderstorms moved across South Jersey early this morning, leaving tree branches down and trash and debris littering streets, the weather conditions have improved.

Lite Rock Meteorologist Alan Kasper thinks tonight’s commencement ceremonies should be storm-free, but he won’t rule out the chance of showers.

This morning’s storm reminded me of the night of wild weather during the Absegami High School Graduation in 2012,  when a band of storms brought thunder and lightning to the area, and rain and hail pouring down on the large crowd.

One eyewitness that night told me it was one of the craziest scenes he has ever witnessed, with marble-size hail hitting graduates and turning their faces red as as they ran from the football field for the cover of the school.

Within a matter of seconds of the final student receiving his diploma, the storm reached its fury and sent graduates and their families and guests scattering for safety and cover. Police ordered the crowd to empty the aluminum bleachers as lightning strikes filled the air.

We wish all of today’s graduates good luck with tonight’s weather and in your future!

Here’s video from the 2012 storm that impacted the Absegami High School Graduation…

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