#152 – Hail In The Hand

Photo taken: May 25, 2011

While my Midwestern locale is no stranger to thunderstorms, particularly the wind fiend derecho kind, we rarely get any kind of destructive hail out of our storms.  The two worst hailstorms I can ever remember occurred in back to back Springs earlier this decade… and above you see a culprit from the first of those two ice peltings.  That’s my next door neighbor holding up one of the hailstones while the crazy guy he lives next to and rarely sees (moi) excitedly takes a picture of it.  It’s not a YUGE stone…. maybe golfball sized before it had started melting, but enough to have the car salesmen calling their insurance companies.  A funny side story to this particular hailstorm… it happened during what was supposed to be the broadcast of the much ballyhooed final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, which obviously got pre-empted so the guys in the weather department could do their job tracking the storm as it rolled through…

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24 Responses to #152 – Hail In The Hand

  1. ksbeth says:

    nobody puts oprah in a corner! except for hail.

  2. Hail to the king ;O)) we always fear for our ole roof, fortunately the heaven throws peas but no golfball at us…

  3. noelleg44 says:

    Wow1 Hope your car survived without dents! And your head, too…

    • My car was thankfully in the garage during both storms. I did get hailed on at a ballgame a few years ago, though, when I got stuck in spot without adequate cover. Not fun!

  4. That is a big one…I have seen what hailstones make to a car. The heat and humidity here makes now huge thunderstorms and hailstones, big as yours, could destroy the whole garden.

    • It takes a storm with a very powerful updraft to make hail that large. I’m surprised you have them in Finland. I have heard the geography of the middle US where I live has the most perfect conditions on earth for creating these powerful storms and tornadoes….

  5. Gosh that is a “big-un” !!! We have only had hail TWICE in 21 years here. Sure can be destructive stuff though.


    • It’s not fun when it’s that big. Most of our hail is tiny little pellets. I’m glad it was the pellets and not rocks like in the picture that fell on me at the ballgame a few years ago. It might have knocked some sense into me, and then some….

  6. Even small hail stones can wreck havoc on cars, roofs, yard. Just ask, I’m unfortunately pretty experienced with that experience. After last year’s hail from hell storm, every roof in my neighborhood either has been or is waiting to be replaced once roofing companies can catch up. Over a year later and they’re still working their little selves like crazy.

    • The double hailstorms we got in 2011-12 didn’t quite rival what you got out there (orographic lifting from the mountains is a hailstone’s dream), but half the city got new roofs out of the deal, and even those of us who didn’t found our homeowner insurance companies not wanting to renew us after all that expense!

  7. Oh hail that is a big one. I can’t even imagine.

  8. Trisha says:

    That’s much bigger hail than I’ve ever seen! Our wimpy thunderstorms never produce anyhthing bigger than a smallish pea. I can’t even imagine. It must be rather dangerous to get caught out walking the dog with big hail balls like that falling from the sky. Fleabag might come home with a concussion!

  9. draliman says:

    The only time I’ve seen hailstones that size is in disaster movies. It’s the end of the world!

  10. We’ve been having tornadoes all over New England. So far, we’ve been spared the huge hail. That’s something, right?

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