Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hail Storm Fun!

I arrived home this evening to find a couple of my neighbors throwing around a softball on my block. After chatting for a few minutes, I went in and brought my dog Bailey outside so that she could take care of business. In the middle of this "business trip" I noticed some pretty serious clouds approaching and before I went inside, a few traces of lightning flickered on the ever-approaching horizon.

Within about a minute of being back in the house, I heard yelling and a heavy pounding noise. I looked outside and saw my neighbors who had previously been playing catch, running up onto the porch next to mine. A moment before, the heavens had opened up and water - in both liquid and solid form - began plummeting to the earth. As the marble-sized hail began pelting everything, I naturally couldn't just sit inside and let the moment pass. So I called to Bailey and the two of us, along with my next-door neighbors, watched the spectacle from our porches. It was awesome! At certain points, it got so intense that I wondered if frogs and locusts were next. Thankfully, it just remained ice. The whole thing lasted about 5 minutes and then the sun came back out. This was my first experience with hail of this size and intensity. Hopefully it won't be the last...as long as I get to watch from the safety of my porch.


Hail collecting at the edge of my yard


Bailey kept her distance - not a big fan of falling ice

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