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Lovely Panhandle weather

June 8, 2010

The Nebraska Panhandle had some scary weather last evening. The east side of Scottsbluff seemed to be hit harder than the west side again. Is there some protective effect of the bluff?

Our neighborhood received wind, heavy rain, 1.5-inch hail and scary, green clouds.

This image was taken at 7:15pm (from inside the house, as I prepared to dash to join the crated cat in the basement). There's still supposed to be daylight then.

There was a constant, low roar that we could hear inside the house when the doors were closed. Not sure if it was constant thunder or the sound of the tornadoes.

There were a few small tornado touchdowns.

People in their driveways made videos of clouds (best viewed muted).

There was some funky hail and street flooding, too. (What scares me in that video is how many people were still out driving around. We were very, very lucky no one was hurt.)

Funny thing is, somehow I never learned until recently that when you get a hailstorm, not all of the hailstones are the same size. I always thought that people’s photos of hail were kinda wimpy.

“What, you only found six hailstones?”

Ah, no . . . those were the biggest ones they found. The ground was probably littered with their smaller brethren. When they say “baseball-size hail,” they’re not saying that ALL of the hail is that size. Only a few hailstones in the storm are that big. But that’s all it takes.

In my defense, all of the hailstorms I’ve witnessed to this point didn’t exceed pea size. Not a lot of variation with peas. They’re all alike in a pod, right?

Here’s my wimpy hail photo (with husband as hand model). My west Nebraska education continues . . .

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2010 10:03 pm

    The audio dynamics of the storm were such that they reached your bones!

    • Katie Bradshaw permalink
      June 8, 2010 10:08 pm

      Good way of putting it. Very freaky!


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