Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Hail Storm in the Mountains

Our view is white with hail
 I took a break for a few months and have decided to resume this blog with mostly pics of life here in the mountains, focusing on the things that make us unique.

Last week we got a surprise hail storm in early evening. I don't have much experience with hail - it didn't happen very often, if at all  in New England, where I grew up.  Here the warm spring days result in afternoon thunderstorms, some turning very violent.  Blustery winds, golf ball size hail and frightening lightening!  This one was one of those.

The rain came down hard but then we realized it was hail thundering on our roof.  My husband ran out to move the car under the huge maple for some protection.  I glanced across the street at our neighbor's pasture and his ponies were out.  They ran for the barn at the first raindrop but froze when the hail pelted them.  Confused and frightened, they bolted under the trees by the creek for cover.

Our lettuces took a beating as the hail swept through our narrow valley, coming down sideways, so heavy that we could not see the other side of the road.  The hail got larger and larger the longer if fell. It rained hail for a good ten to fifteen minutes unrelenting in the thunderous noise.

When it ended, mist rose from the warm ground into the cool air, settling in the pasture and between the trees on our hillside.  Our rhododendrons were shredded along with our irises. The leaves of the maple hung in tatters but my car underneath looked fine.  The ponies seemed no worse for the experience and made their way back to their barn over pond size puddles in the field.

Tattered iris


Old Kitty said...

Oh your new look blog is so pretty!! It's lovely!!

Oh my! Those hailstones are ginormous!! Oh wow!! Poor ponies and plants!! Glad the ponies found shelter eventually and hopefully the plants will bounce back! But what a fright!!

Take care

ancient one said...

I've seen it hail like that only once in eastern NC. I was home alone and all evidence had melted before my husband got home. This was before digital cameras.

Odie Langley said...

Hail can cause so much damage and you seem to have had more than I have seen at one time. I was out in a hail storm one time in a van and it sure did make some noise. Just wanted you to know I have missed you and am glad to see you back. Have a great rest of the week.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Hail is way to common here but it hits and misses so you just never know if you're going to get it or not. Hope everything springs back quickly!

Prancer Pie said...

What amazing pics! Never underestimate Mother Nature!

Catherine said...

Oh darn that hail ruining your flowers! I guess it could have been worse though.

Hopefully May will be kind to us all.
xo Catherine

100 Thoughts of Love said...

welcome back...you and your North Carolina stories were missed!


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