Monday, July 20, 2009

Wild Texas Storm Tonight!

Jeff holding a handful of hail about an hour after it had stopped falling.

Backyard - there IS a patio somewhere under all the shredded leaves and hail!

View from our driveway - the water-filled pond is normally a grassy area, but tonight it served its purpose, which is to provide drainage for our street! I've never seen water cover the concrete drains, though.

...and to think I was going to take a leisurely bike ride around my street after dinner this evening!

It started raining around 7 pm tonight, and then the hail came. We actually went into the garage and watched it fall - it got bigger and bigger until it was the proverbial "golf ball" size - at which point we closed the garage door and headed inside...to see the trees in the backyard blowing like crazy, with rain crashing down alongside heavy thunder and lightening. Then our local weatherman came on with a tornado warning! Jeff and I grabbed the animals and headed into my closet, which is the biggest indoor room in the house. The imminent danger went south within a few minutes, so we were back to watching the storm...and then it turned around and headed back our way! Crazy times, I'm telling ya!

We'll have to see tomorrow when it dries out if there has been any damage to our roof - frankly, I'm amazed that we didn't have any windows break from the huge hailstones hitting them! I know this is probably going to sound strange to many of you, but I much prefer earthquakes - they just happen. No long lasting storm, no warnings...BOOM and it's done.

I'll leave you with one last picture...I believe the caption says it all.

A fool and his dog.

17 comments:

  1. WOWZA! We have those kind of storms in Alabama too, we had a doozy about 6 weeks ago.

    Here's to NO roof damage..

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  2. we have earthquakes in alaska and I prefer thunderstorms. With earthquakes you don't know when the ground will open up..

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  3. Wow-glad you are ok! I live in earthquake country and I DO prefer earthquakes! They rarely cause ANY damage, and, well.....they are rare AND rarely cause any damage. ;)

    Great pics! Hope your roof is ok! :D

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  4. WOW and we ended up with NOTHING!!

    how are you feeling this morning? better still?

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  5. So glad you are feeling better. I miss that crazy Texas weather. We had one here a while back and a beach area looked like it was covered with snow--it was hail! Amazing. Hope your day is better tomorrow. Blessings--Bonnie

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  6. Crazy weather! Here in AZ we get these fantastic electrical storms. No rain though, at least not in my neighborhood. I would much prefer storm to earthquake. You are alittle crazy....lol!

    Glad you feeling better...no pain meds!

    Thanks for all your encouraging comments. I look forward to them!

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  7. Glad you made it thru the storm in one piece. We had hail this summer here in Colorado and our roof was totaled. Nasty stuff.

    I had my gallbladder removed in 2004 and I can't even find the scars anymore. Hope you're feeling better.

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  8. It sure seems like there are a lot more hail storms recently. They are putting a new roof on the house across the street right now from a storm that came through here in April, and I have the final company coming today to give us an estimate. Hope you roof is faired better!

    (I was told to check the A/C to see if it has hail dings in it. If it does, your roof probably has damage.)

    Silly silly man and dog!! :-)

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  9. Wow - Mother Nature sure knows how to put on a show. Glad you and yours are safe and that you're also feeling better.

    What some people won't do for their silly pets. I think I might be one of them.

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  10. That's amazing hail!

    I stopped by to thank you for your support about my breakup. I really appreciate all the notes from people. I'm sad but today is better and it's wonderful, this community that stops by and posts a few sentences and the heart feels lighter.

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  11. That is CRAZY! We don't really get too many crazy storms here in NJ, but now that we are moving back to Alabama I need to get prepared for the crazy thunderstorms! I hope you are still healing well!

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  12. Yikes! I do not like storms, at all. I'm glad you did not have to weather a tornado!

    Glad you are feeling better!

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  13. Storms always scare me - I am the first one in the basement with my glass of wine!

    However, my husband and step-son will actually get in the car to drive closer to a storm!

    Hope there's no damage!

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  14. Wow - some crazy storm. It does seem like the weather is getting more extreme these last few years. Hope your roof made it through unscathed!

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  15. Hope there was no damage. Sounds scary but exciting too!

    Although earthquakes scare me. Part of the reason we sold our house was because we were sitting 1/4 mile from the Hayward fault and it's due to blow anytime.

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  16. WOW... crazy weather!
    Great job with the weight loss. It's great when it comes off easy. Weight loss is a lifestyle change and it seems like your life is on track in this department. Keep up the great work :)

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  17. WOW... crazy weather!
    Great job with the weight loss. It's great when it comes off easy. Weight loss is a lifestyle change and it seems like your life is on track in this department. Keep up the great work :)

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