Sunday, July 24, 2016

HAIL: An unexpected storm

What a surprise the hail storm was on Saturday afternoon!
I had checked the weather forecast earlier in the day because we had planned to attend an outdoor concert in the evening, and nothing whatsoever showed up on the radar.
But shortly after 4 p.m. I was awakened from a nap by rumbles of thunder, and then a sudden gust of wind, and then an onslaught of rain and hail pounding on the roof. The hailstones melted immediately in the heat, but it was fun to watch them bouncing off the windowsill.
The thermometer dropped 20 degrees in the space of a half-hour as the thunderstorm blew through in two waves -- what a welcome change from the heat. It left many downed trees and branches in its wake, and out in Lancaster County we saw a blown-over utility pole, with a lot of wires, on Route 41 near Christiana.

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