Saturday, March 06, 2010

Did I mention we had a huge hailstorm yesterday?

While watching The Bridges of Madison county and trying to not think of the fact it was old people having sex on afternoon TV (Well not so bothered by Meryl Streep, but Clint.) when I heard a loud bang on the roof. Then another. Then the wind picked up and lots of bangs and I thought a tree had come down on the roof. Husband rushes out to see if it's me making me the noise and we both go to the window and see, for the first time in our lives, golf ball sized hail. First though was - are the kids inside? They were out playing just before. They were safe. Then we thought about the car. and got that moved. A bit more "WTF?!" and a rare "Holy crap!" then I woke up and got my video camera out. I caught the last few minutes of the storm.

I hate the sound of my own voice. I hate how it doesn't sound as excited as I felt witnessing this.

The news report was worse. There was a "mini cyclone" passed right through the city center. The streets flooded, I'm guessing because the drains got stopped up with hailstones. There were two young women interviewed for the news with painful, swollen round welts up their legs and cuts on their backs from being caught in the storm. I wish I could find that interview because it was a shocker. My escapade pales by comparison. I was too chicken to go out and grab one of the big stones.

10 comments:

Brook said...

Glad to know first of all that you are all ok-that kind of thing can be scary and dangerous, second of all I am glad to see that you did not in fact make iced lemonade with hailstones and thirdly I can tell you have lived out of the US for awhile and with a Scotsman. Very cute to my ear.

Brook said...

And way better than the mountain mumble I have apparently picked up here in WNC during the past ten years. I need to get back to upstate New York to cancel this frickin' drawl out.

Marg said...

No hail here, just lots and lots of rain! Was amazed to see the damage caused to Etihad stadium and Southern Cross train station.

It's the second time this year that we have had flooding in the CBD. I don't remember it happening before that.

tornwordo said...

I saw that on the news last night and thought, "I wonder if Lyvvie had that at her house?" Now I know. Good work grabbing the camera, those crashing sounds were pretty scary.

jomamma said...

Welcome to my world.... We live with this type of weather about 9 months of the year. Any time a storm comes rolling in from the southwest. Sometimes our hailstones have been SOFTBALL sized! You can forget about your car in one of those storms.

When they get that big you can break them open with a hammer and see the rings inside. That nucleus is formed from the rain freezing, and the stone being held up in the clouds and dropped back down in the lower clouds to have more rain add to it and then sucked back up higher in the cloud to freeze again and again and again. I can't explain it like the weather men. But any kid in Texas can tell you how it works. We were also told to get our butts home when we saw the clouds turning green, because our chances for being pelted with hail were pretty high and the chances for a tornado to form when you have hail are VERY likely too. The hail is sort of a pre-alert.

Northern musings said...

I liked how hubby thought immediately of its good use for a drink - wee dram of whiskey perhaps...
Also, love your voice! Great accent - can hear a little bit of scotts influence in some words - just wait till you have been in Aus for a couple of years and you will have an american scottish australian drawl...
I loved summer storms in Aus, always so dramatic - I was living in Sydney when the big hailstorm hit there - my sister and I were at the Opera house oblivious to everything until we went outside to get a taxi and on the drive home seeing all the cars that had broken windows and major hail damage... Amazing what nature can do.

Sy said...

We had a horrible hail storm here about 10 years ago - our town got federal relief it was so bad. I remember being outside gardening. It was a lovely sunny spring day; warm, barely breezy, birds singing. Then from just about no wind to really windy, I looked to the west. It was pitch black and headed our way FAST! I grabbed all my garden tools and ran into the house, checking to be sure we were all in. I barely even got a chance to find my son before it hit - it came up THAT FAST!! He was in the house, thankfully. The wind started whipping and the rain started to fall, HEAVY. Then it sounded like a machine gun was hitting our house. I thought all the windows would break and our roof would cave in. We ran to the basement to wait it out. It sounded like there would be no house to come up to! The hail reached baseball size in some places - our was mostly 1-2" diameter. But there was so much hail, it looked like it had snowed a couple inches! We were very lucky in some ways. We only had three broken panes, some broken siding, and roofing damage, but not enough for leaks - even our car had lucked out, very little hail dents(it had been under a tree). My garden was another matter. All the tulips about to bloom - smashed to the ground. I had had a very difficult year the year before and had been waiting all winter for them to bloom. I cried my eyes out.

Maja said...

Aw you guys are so cute!

heartinhand said...

Hail freaks me out because it does so much damage! Now I have to watch all your vids. I'm behind. As usual. I can comment now though! Yay!

Nej said...

Spring is coming for us soon...I can't WAIT for a good ole' hailstorm! The smell of the air....the color of the sky.

Can't wait! :-)