1. Mute your computer

2. Watch this video. I didnt take this video, but this was our weather in OKC yesterday. Make sure you catch the 2 minute mark:

Oklahoma Hot Tub: When baseball sized hail pelts your swimming pool. LOL!

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By TotallyUncool (not verified) on 17 May 2010 #permalink

Is it bad that I am dreaming of Sen. Inhofe being caught out in that?

There are a number of good reasons why, but just to stick with the extreme weather events theme, I'll say as penance for his climate denialism.

By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 May 2010 #permalink

This is all the fault of immodestly dressed women.

Hope you had a garage! I saw a freak storm with golf ball sized hail in California long ago (we get weather there about every ten years. The rest of the time its just shake and bake). It was without warning and all the expensive cars double parked on the streets were torn apart. More dents than a golf ball and not a whole lot of glass left!

Oh my God!

I've never seen anything like this!

Oh my God!

I think the sound adds an interesting dimension. Wow, you can see the size of the hail on the ground. I'm wondering how many people get injured from getting bonked in the head with golf-ball sized hail.

By Smurfette (not verified) on 17 May 2010 #permalink

This makes me happy I'm in Boston. We get a lot of snow, and some bad rain (very bad rain in the last month) but the hail is pretty rare and isn't that bad.

Wrath of gOd, for all of that Okie abortion legislation nonsense.

They keep thinking that some imaginary guy will help them, when in fact it's the well-built roof they are under. That's called the gazebo effect ;-)

This stuff is incredibly localized. Last week my brother, who lives five miles from me, got SOFTBALL sized hail. He stuck his head into the attic afterward, and counted 20 spots of sunlight on the one side of his roof he could see. An elderly woman next door to him stayed in her living room during the storm - vaulted ceiling, no attic - and was hit on the forearm by a hailstone. She went to the hospital. There was no damage in my neighborhood.

What hit me yesterday, just before a heavy downpour of rain, was a surreal storm of cottonwood seeds. At first it looked like a blizzard. Then, during a lull, the seeds started wafting all different directions, including straight up, and I thought for a moment it was a massive hatch of insects. What can I say? Four months in Oklahoma, and I'm thinking in terms of Biblical plagues. Neither my brother nor I had any damage, but a friend in Norman had her car totaled by the hail.

Nice place they had there.

Zombie@4 -- Absolute Nonsense! And to prove it, I want more women to dress immodestly, so we can show there is no correlation. (All in the interest of science of course. This is a strictly academic desire.)

We simply don't git hail that big in Albuquerque. Hail big enough to put dings in cars is exceedingly rare. That big stuff is for the sucks on the east side of the mountains. On the other hand, the humidity has been so low that I've been having some nice little nose bleeds in the morning. At least I don't have to get up and repair the roof over a little low humidity. I hate roofing.

You might tell your fundamentalist friends there that the tornadoes are God's punishment for passing the new restrictive Oklahoma abortion bill....

Just a coincidence, I'm sure.

By Usson Downes (not verified) on 19 May 2010 #permalink

@#3 You don't get how people like Inhofe think. Hail is COLD. It DISPROVES global warming, same as snow in Washington.

By Walt Dickie (not verified) on 20 May 2010 #permalink


Fantastic. Looks like they were restaging the first bit of Saving Private Ryan in their pool.

Heh. I like how the guy seems to be on an endless loop "OMG! This is insane!", until he's suddenly snapped back into the here-and-now at 03:39, because he just has to put the girl down. "I'm not videochatting I'm videotaping".

How many times did they invoke their rubbish deity anyhow? Doesn't work guys, jack it in.

By dustbubble (not verified) on 15 Jul 2011 #permalink