Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Down the rabbit hole.

UP FRONT DISCLAIMER to lower stress levels: We are fine. Not even property damage.

I grew up four counties west of where I'm living now. Quite a distance in culture, but I didn't think so far in terms of geography or meteorology. This isn't even my first spring in SW PA. I survived last winter's three foot snowfall and all the rest just one county away. So, you know, I thought I kind of had a handle on the weather.

Wrong.

We had thunderstorm and tornado warnings go up around two this afternoon. Not so unusual. So, I opened the window and door (so I could hear high winds; with all the trees and hills the odds of me seeing a funnel cloud in time for it to be useful are about nil) and mostly didn't care. I'd just gotten done tweeting that a tornado was very unlikely when SOMETHING hit the skylight. Hard. So I went to the back window to look.
No, not a tornado. Hail. Lots of really big hail.
It pounded down for quite a while. Lots of reports of roof damage, busted windows, and dented cars. No damage to our house, though.

After, the Goober and I went outside to take a look at the husbeast's truck, and I found this:
This was the biggest one I could find. It's about two inches wide and three inches long.

After the report of a mine flooding someone's BASEMENT on Monday, this just tops it. It is official. I live in Weird Land.

11 comments:

Gracey is not my name.... said...

No hail here, but suppose to get up to 6 inches of snow by tomorrow....we have parent conferences...yeah...

Roxie said...

t looks purpose built for destruction.

Amy Lane said...

As someone on Twitter w/you at the time, I'm SO glad you're good.

Emily said...

YIKES! That looks DANGEROUS!

Jen said...

That thing is huge.

Very strange weather.

Barbara said...

We've gotten nearly 16 inches of wet heavy blowing snow since yesterday afternoon. I'd prefer hail. I'm sick of shoveling and snowblowing the stuff. Sick of it.

Julie said...

Barbara, I was hearing about snow while I was on Twitter freaking about the size of the hail. Truth be told, I'd rather have hail, too. Even though it destroyed my flowers.

Donna Lee said...

We're having a 'wintry mix' this morning and it was snowing as I walked down the streets of Philadelphia (and now I will hear Bruce singing all day).

We get hail periodically but I don't think I've seen hail that large. I'm glad the tornado missed your area. I hear it was nasty.

Carrie said...

So spring storms aren't freaky here, obviously, but the hail was a bit unusual. Not, like, OMG TEH APOCALYPSE unusual, but not regular fare either. I wouldn't worry too much.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Jeesh, that's scarily big hail. I've never seen more than a few millimetres.

Alwen said...

What really freaked me about your hail was that sudden large hail is a classic tornado precursor.

So - I'm glad you were okay!