Yesterday, there was some severe weather in the Front Range, Upper Midwest and in Florida. Nothing that was so bad that it led to death or injury, so I feel I can make light of some of the reports. For example, they had some hail western Texas.
|2055||200||1 SE LARIAT||PARMER||TX||3432||10289||WINDSHIELD BUSTED OUT (LUB)|
It done got busted out! The first number, by the way, is the time, the second is the size of the hail, in hundredths of an inch (so that is 2 inch diameter hail) followed by the location, including latitude and longitude. That in mind, check out the size of this hail:
|2053||375||2 NW PROGRESS||BAILEY||TX||3430||10283||(LUB)|
That’ll wake you up. Almost 4 inches in diameter! That’s about the size of a softball!
In new Mexico, of course, they aren’t as familiar with sports, so they compare their hail size to other objects:
|0120||200||8 N BUCKEYE||LEA||NM||3292||10350||HEN EGG HAIL REPORTED 8 MILES NORTH OF BUCKEYE ON SH 238. (MAF)|
This is why people have garages, hail up to 4 inches in diameter. It looks like an active day again in the High Plains, so there will be many more hail reports today, I’m sure. And it’s only May! Several more months of thunder to deal with, no doubt.