Hail On A Cold Tin Roof

by kelly

Paul and I were up later than usual (it being a work night and all) last Thursday evening. We were relaxing in the living room when, suddenly, around 11:00 p.m., we heard a crash outside. I ignored it. One loud noise in this neighborhood doesn’t rise to the level of an incident. But then there was another one. And then another pair of them in close succession. And they kept coming more and more frequently in an increasingly riotous rhythm.

Hail - In Our Yard
Hail – In Our Yard,
originally uploaded by Koog Family.

By then, we had moved into “alert” mode, and I mumbled something, of which I can’t recall the exact phrasing, but which I’m sure involved a “what the hell?” We were quickly up on our feet, running to the foyer to switch on the porch light and look outside. And by about that same time, the loud crashing had become so constant and inescapable that we were already starting to guess what it might be.

Hail Everywhere
Hail Everywhere,
originally uploaded by Koog Family.

We turned on the light. Our suspicions were confirmed, and our worries about something more sinister faded away. It was a sudden, powerful hail storm… Hail pellets were banging down unmercifully onto everything in sight – bouncing up again where they found pavement, but alighting snugly onto the lawns. It looked like popcorn everywhere, and arrived at a speed similar to that with which corn pops – all audible, and amplified by our porch’s tin canopy, which was suddenly a musical instrument for the weather and its loud popcorn aria.

Blurry close-up of marble-sized Hail on our porch
Blurry close-up of marble-sized Hail on our porch,
originally uploaded by Koog Family.

The news the next morning was that several local areas were visited by golf-ball-sized-, and even lemon– and grapefruit-sized hail (some car windows were shattered by these, to the west of us). But our hail was marble-sized.

Hail Among the Neighbors' Tulip-Bed
Hail Among the Neighbors’ Tulip-Bed,
originally uploaded by Koog Family.

The hail came on so suddenly and powerfully that it caught ours, and apparently, everyone’s else’s full attention. It lasted only ten minutes, but had quite an impact – including on the Blogosphere. I was entertained, the next day, to find a compilation of online reactions to our local hail, here: http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/node/1319. And I found a number of photos of local hail tagged on Flickr, like these, HERE and HERE and HERE.

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