Weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. When green tinged thunderclouds roll in, I cross my fingers we don’t get hail.
Yesterday, pea-sized hail grew to marble size in seconds. After the quick storm, I checked out the plants. Most of the flowers made it through. I let out a held breath.
Eight miles away, golf and tennis ball-sized hail crashed through windshields and skylights. We were lucky.
That would be the last hail storm of the season, right?
Around 11:30 AM, clouds rolled in with that weird eerie green hue again. As the pea-sized ice balls began to fall, I thought about how rare it was to get two hail storms in two days. It would stop soon.
The pea grew into a marble then expanded to a quarter-sized ice projectile that struck the windows like bullets. I thought the glass would shatter so I stepped away from them. The sound was deafening!
I took this video right before the peak of the storm.
Winter the day before summer.
Just as I started to panic, the storm tapered off and the skies parted. Sunshine poured down on a winter scene.
In one place on the deck, hail is still piled up a foot and a half and it’s 9:00 at night as I’m writing this.
The Devastation of Hail Storm 2018
The storm stripped the leaves from trees and the blossoms of annuals and perennials.
Stalks and thinned branches remained. It hurt my heart, but they’ll grow back.
Those icy bullets reflected in the light like uncut diamond jewels and gems.
Some resembled sliced kiwi and other tomatoes.
Nature can be terrifying and gorgeous.
The storm became fierce as it headed east and dropped ice balls from the sky injuring livestock and people out enjoying the last spring day.
The mound of hail remains on the deck two days later like the remnants of a snowstorm. Soon it will melt and new leaves and flowers will grow. A testament to nature’s resilience.
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