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The storm hit my village in the afternoon and the heavy rain very quickly turned into hail stones. They started as normal size but then grew into ones about an inch and a half big. I've never seen hail like it before in my life. The windows and roofs were being hit so hard I thought they would break. It was only after it cooled down that some of us in the village went outside and realised that all our cars had been dented by the huge hail and my neighbour's caravan had its windows shattered. I have kept some of the hail stones in my freezer for my boyfriend to see as he was 5 miles away and had told me it wasn't hailing at all!
About 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon the storm swept over the village and in less than an hour dumped about 5 cm of rain / hailstones onto the village. Once it passed the flooding in the garden subsided quickly but the damage to my car will take more to remedy. The hailstones of up to 40mm diameter have left the car roof and bonnet looking like they have been attacked by a hammer. I just hope the insurance company understands.
The last time I saw a storm like last night's was when I was the American Midwest during tornado season. The hailstones were huge and the thunder and lightning was constant. We lost our terrestrial TV signal too. As for the flooding, we knew something was up somewhere when we heard loads of sirens going as they headed towards Sutton Bank. There was a bit of flooding in Thirsk as well, but not as bad as in Helmsley. It's incredible to think how so much water fell in such a short time, especially as it had been so hot and sunny earlier in the day.
Originally posted by Paul
Today has brought prolonged thunderstorms causing flooding to the Glastonbury festival, along with a tornado in Coventry, and 2 houses left severely damaged by lightning strikes in the West Midlands.
Interfax: Nine injured in hurricane north of Moscow
Jun 26 2005
Nine people were injured in a hurricane that swept across Moscow region on Sunday, region vice governor Alexei Panteleyev told reporters.
After receiving treatment all of them were allowed to go home as the injuries were not very bad, he said.
"The hurricane struck Taldom, Sergiyev Posad and Dmitrov districts of the area and the town of Dubna," Panteleyev said.
He reported an almost complete blackout in Dubna after falling trees tore power transmission lines.
Bret is now the second named storm of the 2005 Atlantic season (Arlene formed earlier in June). This is noteworthy, because since 1851 only 12 years have had two or more named storms in June. The last such occurence was in June 1986 (Tropical Storm Andrew and Hurricane Bonnie).
Originally posted by Garden Spider
I live in Minneapolis Minnesota, and the past couple of weeks have had some strange "fast" weather. One Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, it was bright and sunny, then it started pouring rain, even though the sun was still shining (the rain cloud must not have been large enough to cover the whole sky), then the rain stopped for about five minutes. Then it started hailing marble sized stones, and then just as suddenly, it all stopped.
YEsterday we had a storm fly past us. I was at work, and you could see these pitch black and green clouds move through. There wire 60 mph Verticle winds which created a huge dust storm near the airport, and you could see a couple of funnel clouds way off to the north of the twin cities, not touching down, but still there, and close enough to the ground to be absolutely terrifying. It stormed horrible for about 30 minutes, and then it was gone.
The reason this is so strange, is usually when we get bad storms, they last for hours, even days at a time, but lately it's felt like a weather blitzkrieg. One second sunny, then rain, then sunny again.
Originally posted by parrhesia
This is also the 7th day straight of extreme heat alerts in Toronto.
Originally posted by orionthehunter
Oh I forgot, a lot of people that far north do not have air conditioning. That's really rough if you don't. Is that why the extreme heat alerts are issued?