Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A nice day gone to hail....

July 28th started as a very nice day.  A warm, sunshiny day.  The flowers were blooming, the leaves were gently fluttering in the breeze, the men were in the hay field putting up good alfalfa hay.  Miss Peach was outside looking at the flowers with the "Finding Glass" as she calls it.  (Magni-fying finding glass, you see?) 
All was right with the world.
As the hot, lazy afternoon went by, clouds started puffing up in the sky and then this black, ominous cloud started to build and swirl around above us.  We knew it wasn't a good cloud.  Everyone came rushing into our house to wait and see what was going to happen.

And then it happened.... Hail.
First, hard rain, and then pea sized hail, and then a few marble sized hailstones fell, and lastly, golf ball sized hail came zinging down out of the sky.  It was as if the angels in heaven were having a snowball fight and decided to throw down a little "hail and brimstone" upon us.  Thankfully, there was no wind with it and we noticed that some of the hail broke apart as it fell.  Normally when a hailstorm hits us, the temperature cools right down and the wind blows hard, but this time the air temperature stayed warm and the wind didn't blow.  Perhaps that's why the angels' hailstones crumbled. 

We really didn't have a whole lot of damage.  The trees lost a few leaves and branches and some of the flowers got knocked around.  The veggie patch was virtually unharmed, save the onions.  Onion tops seem to be very delicate.  We were so glad to escape what might have been a very damaging storm had the wind blown in with it.

Hailstones saved in the freezer.
Sometimes you have to have proof when you talk of golf ball sized hail out here in the middle of nowhere.


  1. G'day. Wow, that sure is good sized hail. Lucky nothing was really damaged.We sometimes get hail like that, though thankfully it is few and far between. Great pictures by the way. Take care. Liz...

  2. Haha -- good thing you have the evidence. We rarely get hail here, but we sure could use some rain now. I'm glad you didn't have any real damage!

  3. so glad it didn't do any damage. We get a lot is hail here but have never seen the baseball size until the last storm and wow, I hope to never see it again! Scary stuff.


  4. First of all the title of your post really made me chuckle. Yikes look at that very scary cloud! That hail is amazing. I'm glad you didn't have too much damage. Glad the wind hung back. I wonder if this system was related to the Plough winds Saskatchewan had...
    Hope you have a calm rest of the week!

  5. Well mercy me---that cloud does indeed look scary. I'm so glad there wasn't much harm done and that all is well ( sorry, onions). How did Miss Peach do with all the hub-bub?


  6. We had golf ball hail a few years ago. We too saved 'evidence' in the freezer. Perhaps just to remind US that we weren't exaggerating! Ours did do damage though. Insurance claims were insane, and there was construction work going on all over the city. Mainly new paint jobs and new roofs. Glad you didn't suffer any real damage...

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. Wow! Of course you guys had golf balls on hand! That black cloud is beautiful! I can just imagine all of you tucked inside, expectantly gazing out the windows.

  8. Wow, that's some cloud!

    So glad no tomatoes were harmed in this storm.


    p.s. I'll send you some TJ marigold seeds. They're fab!

  9. Wow - I have never seen hail like that before.

  10. Wow, that is some hail. I am so surprised it did not hurt your veggie garden but thank goodness xoxo Clarice

  11. Look how big your cute girly is getting. Love the finding glass! And that hail! Woah. That's big. Thanks for reminding me what a storm cloud looks like. I've forgotten.


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