Monday, March 06, 2017

The Weather Report...

... got it absolutely right. They said "hail" and hail it did. Lots of it at several different times during the day on Sunday. Windy, blustery, and pinging the windows. Hail, everywhere.
After the third or fourth bout of it, we wanted to go out and drive a few miles to Eureka to see the kids and grandkids before we head out of town on Wednesday to see my mom. Before we left I remember thinking about how difficult it might be to drive in hail. When we came to the bridge over Humboldt Bay, we saw this.
This photo was taken at 11:30 in the morning through the windshield. Very dark skies here.
We couldn't tell, but we're pretty sure a car went off the road there and down an embankment. There were several firetrucks, police cars and an ambulance or two. It really can be tricky to drive in a hail downpour. We were lucky, we only had a few hail drops bang on our car roof and windshield on the way to see the kids. On the way back, it was pretty calm, but also dramatic.
Taken with the iPhone through the car window
The coast range has snow, and the temps were in the 30s this close to the coast. More wild weather headed our way. And, in case you are wondering, yes we are absolutely tired of winter. Seriously tired.

26 comments:

  1. Dramatic weather! But hang on, spring is coming and it won't be long.

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    1. Colette-- We're in for another week of crazy rainy weather. If all goes well we'll be on the road headed south before the next huge deluge. Temps in 70s and blue skies in our future!

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  2. That's an impressive image of hail falling and on the ground. Yowee! I do love moody skies, though, a bright side to rain storms. But, yeah, we'd have a couple days of rain, I'd get cranky about it, then I'd see one of your posts and say to myself, "Stop whining, Corax! Look at what Robin's had to deal with!"
    I hope whoever went off the road is okay.

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    1. CCorax-- This has been the most unbelievable winter here. Endless rain, broken roads, fallen trees, mudslides, floods, etc. No end in sight either. Sure hope the highways are still open when we head south on Wednesday.

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  3. That is a pile of hail. Glad you made the trip safely and no hail damage to your car. That was some fierce weather and scary clouds formations. Spring is here in the lower third. Mowed Saturday.

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    1. Patti-- I know that spring will eventually arrive here, and I'm always glad to see photos of where it is already springing up! Lucky you for mowing! I think a lawnmower would sink down into the mucky mud here.

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  4. Lotta hail!

    Hope the trip to visit your mom is good.

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    1. kathy-- There really was a lot of hail! It was wild all day. We're hoping for a good journey south, in all ways.

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  5. Yikes, you did have some interesting weather! It is scary driving in hail. The racket is incredible! Glad you arrived safe and sound.

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    1. Cat Lover-- We're in a pretty dismal and dreary weather pattern here. We're hoping for sunshine and blue skies when we head south.

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  6. Dramatic sky! This is our April weather -usually. But it could be all different.

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    1. Sabine-- It was a sky full of drama all day. Pretty wild and windy too. You make me wonder what April will be like there this year. Anything can happen these days!

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  7. Wow! That is some crazy weather. I got caught driving in a hailstorm once. I had to pull over - there was no way I could drive. That last picture is really cool looking.

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    1. Sharon-- We were really lucky we didn't hit a hailstorm when we were out. It really does look like it could be very challenging. So glad you liked that last photo. I almost didn't take, but I pulled out the iPhone and clicked!

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  8. I'll bet you're ready for a change in weather. I always enlarge your photos, and that last one is a beauty! Moody, dark, a bit scary!

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    1. Pat-- I keep checking the weather reports for central and southern Ca. It says sunny blue skies and temps in the 70s. I almost can't believe it! That was a scary sky on Sunday.

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  9. My son was caught in a hailstorm once. He was very frightened that the windshield might crack from the downpour. His car had so many dents and damage from the hail, his insurance declared it a "total loss." He had wanted a new car anyway.

    Wishing you some warm sunny weather. Hope you find your mother in some of her good days.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I've seen photos of hail so big that it really looks like it could smash right through a windshield. I'm glad your son made it through even though his car was a total loss. Yikes! I'm a little worried about seeing my mom with Alzheimer's. It's a whole new world. Sigh.

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  10. Every time the weather forecast includes severe thunderstorms I worry about hail dents in the car and truck. My old Nissan pickup had multiple dents in the hood and roof. Fortunately they were only visible when you looked just the right way.

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    1. Mark-- I guess we were pretty lucky that we didn't get any hail while were out driving. I googled photos of hail, and sometimes they are quite big and destructive.

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  11. Robin Andrea: When we've rented a car at the Denver airport, friends have cautioned us to get the car rental insurance because hail storms (and the attendant damage to cars) are so common on the Front Range. So, far, we haven't had a problem when we've rented there (and not bought that exorbitant insurance), but these folks must have some experience.

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    1. Scott-- Interesting, I lived in Boulder, Co for four years and I don't remember the hail. What I do remember though was a 140 mph windstorm. First and only time I experienced Chinook winds. Quite memorable.

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  12. Wonderful posting! Hope you have a happy weekend. Great photos and I found it interesting to read about the storm.

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    1. Nora-- Glad you liked the post. We're on the road, halfway to our destination. Will arrive Saturday to see my mom. Temps in the 90s there. Sigh.

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  13. By the end of winder I am fed up with it being cold & wet but I have to say we have had very little hail

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    1. Bill-- We have had some hail this year, and this most recent day of it was really wild. Yes, we are tired of winter. So, now that we are on the road we are heading for extreme heat in southern Ca. There's no balance anywhere!

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