Hail, hail, the hail’s all here

Hands down the worst hailstorm I've ever seen.

Hands down the worst hailstorm I’ve ever seen.

Well, that was a spot of fun. A massive hailstorm just roared through and beat the mortal shit out of every tree in the ‘hood.

Check out the size of those hailstones. Mind you, this is after they've melted a bit.

Check out the size of those hailstones. Mind you, this is after they’ve melted a bit.

Our house looks like Odin was displeased with dinner and threw his salad at it. The House Back East™, likewise.

I’m no arborist, so I have no idea how well, or if, our silver maple will recover from the pounding it took. Damn, I love that tree, too.

True to form, the sun is now out and it’s sandals-and-shorts weather.



32 Responses to “Hail, hail, the hail’s all here”

  1. sharon Says:

    Holy crap. Saw the photos from the Weather Channel. Scary stuff when it was happening I’m sure. Incoming…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You should’ve seen the cats. Ho, ho. Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment) went straight to the Turkenbunker, from which a series of largely incomprehensible and contradictory emergency edicts soon issued.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Whoever invented hail seriously needs to be fired

    Serves no purpose whatsoever

    Only way it would make any sense would be if it came down in 16 ounce glasses, filled with tequila and lime juice, or maybe little umbrellas

  3. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Damn…nasty little job it seems to have done to your paint there Patrick.

    On an unrelated note, a good way to make those storm windows blend into the rest of the house (rather than stand out so awkwardly) is to paint them with the same paint surrounding them. You can either paint them in situ or take out the 8 or so wood screws that hold them up (good when painting the house anyway) and paint them before putting them back up. I read somewhere that rubbing them with vinegar before painting helps get the aluminum to hold the paint. Ours are going six years of paint with no visible loss of it so far.

    And yeah…my Dad was a painter; so naturally, I hate it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We have vinyl siding on the family manse, and don’t I wish we didn’t. Who puts vinyl siding over stucco? You can see the original surface in spots — it looks like this place once resembled The House Back East™, which is not surprising, as the neighborhood legend is that both houses were built by an Irish family who owned the house on the corner; they purportedly wanted to keep their sons close and so built two smaller houses for them right next door, with a shared garage.

      I hate painting too.

  4. bromasi Says:

    “Only way it would make any sense would be if it came down in 16 ounce glasses, filled with tequila and lime juice, or maybe little umbrellas” well said, and thats what I am drinking right now 4:32 west coast time,

  5. BruceM Says:

    Ah, reminds me of my past life in Colorado. Lost one roof in Arvada due to that crap, another one in Longmont. At least the stones don’t appear to be very big.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Bruce, long time no see. How’s life among the webfeet?

      It wasn’t so much the size of the hail, but the quantity, and the velocity of its arrival — I’d love to know what the wind gusts amounted to. It was like someone took a celestial shotgun to the tree.

      • BruceM Says:

        I be here, just reading the mail remembering, “Blessed is he who has nothing to say and cannot be persuaded to say it.”

        Life here in the Pacific NorthWet is great. You keep on keeping on!

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Must have been some serious wind to plaster the leaves on the house! Did you guys have a tornado warning along with the hail?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, tornadoes are rare here, though we do get ’em from time to time. I covered one in Manitou Springs back in 1979 or ’80. But this was just a sideways hailstorm, driven by some insanely fast wind.

      I raked/broomed the sidewalk in front of The House Back East™, Chez Dog and a neighbor’s place, and got two 32-gallon bags of wet salad and sticks. Haven’t started on the driveway or lawn yet. Jeez, what a mess.

      And I wonder what’s gonna happen to our crumbling stormwater-dispersion system with all the stuff that just got power-washed into it. Hijo, madre.

  7. karen Says:

    Wow, incredible! I remember being in an old class B Jayco? metal RV during awful hailstorm in SD, wrecked my sanity and ears!

  8. Pat O'Brien Says:

    PS: Fire up in Oak Creek Canyon blew out to 4500 acres this afternoon and threatening some $1M plus homes on West side of I-17 just South of Flagstaff.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      My buddy Big Jonny of DrunkCyclist has been keeping tabs on that one. Sounds like a doozy. I suppose one good thing about getting an entire year’s worth of moisture all at once is we won’t burn for a while.

  9. Charley Says:

    You get to experience everything! I’m almost jealous.

  10. John O Says:

    Nothing here in Manitou. The store on Tejon got hammered.

  11. Libby Says:

    What a mess! The accumulation is impressive. Good thing you weren’t out on your bike. That would be scary for anyone outside for work or pleasure who didn’t have shelter.

  12. Larry T. Says:

    As my friend once joked, “It’s a good thing this climate change stuff is all a hoax, otherwise I’d start worrying.” When Florida is underwater will these knuckleheads finally admit, “Duh, guess we were wrong” or will they deny it’s caused by man’s actions right up until they drown?

  13. mountainhigh10200 Says:

    I might have to admit my landlord has intelligence. He had an insurance adjuster come out yesterday to inspect for hail damage on a roof he never finished. It has been leaking into the walls for the entire five years I have lived here. Calling out the inspector right before a big storm seems genius. Course there actually is damage now.

  14. mountainhigh10200 Says:

    He did tell the inspector no one lives here so it would be empty when the inspector showed up. It is a duplex and my wife works from home so I am not sure how many IQ points to grant him though. We also have two refrigerators in the kitchen, one that stays cold if you plug it in but the door swings the wrong way so you can’t access it from the kitchen, the other is a towering feature taking up most of the dining area. It apparently is well insulated but has no cooling capacity. I forgot to collect some of that hail, free ice you know.

  15. khal spencer Says:

    Well, at least they were small hailstones, as hailstones go (hey, O’G, one small suggestion from a former field geologist–on those closeups of hailstones, put something like a nickle, quarter, or other well known object in for scale). In 2009, our trees were stripped and the big ornamental crab apple by the kitchen window has never really recovered. Wife’s Subaru likewise had the texture of a golf ball after that one. Insurance company nearly totalled it.

    Continued dry and windy here. One cigarette out a car window in these parts and it will go up like a bonfire. Oak Creek Canyon is a bummer. We drove down through there on the road to Sedona back in’04 and it sure was pretty.

  16. Larry T. Says:

    Damp and drizzly here in Italia today. Went to the Barbaresco-Barolo chrono with a stop for pranzo at one of my favorite places along the way. My plan to was to get on the bike and ride over a couple of hills to see the big boyz after enjoying the best fresh-egg pasta in life, but no f__king way was I going to get out in the rain…so after a brief stop in Barbaresco, it was back to our apartment and the TV coverage. We’ll try again on Saturday for the Oropa hilltop finish. Overall the drive was worth it just for the pasta!

    • David R Says:

      Give us some photos of Oropa if you can Larry. Amazing climb. I did it many many years ago [damn near killed me] and still have some great memories of it. Bright sunshine on the bottom in Biella and dense, swirling fog shrouding the church at the top. Haven’t been back since.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Been there a couple of times. Weather forecast for tomorrow is good so we’ll be there…how far up the damn thing we get is another story of course!

  17. Dale Says:

    I think your Silver Maple will recover. The same force that made the hail made the tree. Nature can be damned inconvenient and expensive at times.

    It seems that we choose to live in the places where fire, flood, drought, tornado, and hurricane flourish.

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