This is the finale of The True Story (Only Slightly Exaggerated) About The Time Ice Fell From The Sky And Bashed My House, With Added Drama. See part 1 for the build-up and part 2 for the climax of the storm.
You hear about golf ball size hail, or whatever colorful descriptor that comes to mind, all the time on TV or in the paper, but that didn’t prepare me for the idea of pieces of ice the size of a quarter falling from the sky and banging into my house. Even after sitting there listening to it pound on my house for several minutes I was pretty shocked and impressed when I came out and saw what the yard looked like after the storm moved past us. Some of the hail stones I found in my yard could seriously injure a person outside in the middle of that mess.
When I stepped out on the back patio I thought the hail stones would be crunchy and easily moved, but they were dense enough to form a solid sheet of ice.
Cars driving past the front of the house crunched and popped like they were driving through snow.
The color is washed out, but that’s the large pile of ice that came from my downspout. It was like a slot machine. Every time I cleared the pile away from the opening more hail stones came flying out. The downspouts were clogged with ice all the way up to the roof two stories up. Judging from the ominous groaning sound coming from the gutters they were pretty full too. I didn’t stand under them for long.
The cover on the kids’ sand box got thoroughly beaten up. Fortunately a new sandbox was already in the planning stages pre-storm.
The windward sides of my back yard fence were all beaten like this. Each of those light spots is a hail strike on the cedar pickets.
Fortunately the sandbox cover and the beat up fence seem to be the only real damage. The cars were parked outside, but they seem to have been sheltered by the line of houses. I can’t tell what condition the roof is in, but I found a shingle in the neighbor’s yard and I hear some disturbing rustling sounds up there when the wind picks up so we’ve got a roofer coming out ASAP to look at it.
The National Weather Service has some interesting pictures of the event too.