I was in Bentley, AB, in Canada last night.
I was in the worst hail storm I have ever experienced. The hail on average was about the size of golf balls. We heard it coming for about 1 min, it sounded just like a train. Then it hit us like a curtain of icey punches and we ran like hell.
I know there are far, far more dramatic storms, but the volume and violence of it was intense. It made people seem so small, compared to that kind of icey rage.
Our friends house now has 50+ holes (not including cracks) in their vinyl siding. All North and West facing exterior walls got a serious beating. The garage doors are dented all to hell.
My girlfriends cars front window go t cracked in two places, as well as 25+ shallow dents.
It tore through the synthetic covering on the hut tub cover, and annihilated a large rubbermaid storage container lid.
The hail broke several (living) branches of the trees that were over 3/4' thick. I'd say about 30-40% of the leaves of all the trees in town got torn off. That doesnt include the ones that will die in the next few days.
A 15 min drive south of Bently, at my house.. we got a gentle sprinkling of rain that was a nice little drink for the garden.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2009, at 14:40 by tleb ]
It's really hot -as usual- in Greece and it's really torturing. Although it rained a couple of days ago it hasn't cooled down enough. This heat can make you feel tired and bored.
It has been worse of course...when we couldn't sleep at night because of the heat and the mosquitoes! Deadly combination. I could do with a trip to Iceland!
35 degrees celcius, or 95 fahrenheit and it is Saturday so I'm off to the beach.
It's raining in Ireland (surprise, surprise I hear you say) but, and it's a rather gargantuan but; it's about 21 degrees C so it's kind of strangely pleasant.
The clouds are fluffy and grey and a damping mist is falling on everything making the whole countryside appear like it's just been washed by God's servants.
So this really is aimed at anyone who is way too hot at the moment, sweltering, wishing for a cooling breeze, just five minutes in a shaded place or a building with AC. Even the sea - who invites you to bathe in her cooling waters - is lying to you, it's no cooler in there. You want to be anywhere but there...
So why not come to Irealnd instead?
And yes, this IS a shameless plug for Irish tourism. Report that!
It's raining like a sunuvabitch here in Santiago...The day sux...But the city needed it and it gave me an excuse to do nothing all day but write stories and drink rum...So it's a damn good day, all things considered.
Hottest day of the year today, 36 degrees with humid conditions...tomorrow nice and 22
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Gray, expecting occasional thundershowers all day. 24 deg C
But the 300 mile wide hurricane is heading our way ! Good thing my buddy is taking his family into the brunt of it for a camping trip ! Oops !
We were just hit by thunderstorms, and stayed without power for couple of hours.
I personally perfer reasonable heat( mid 20s) without the humidity but unfortuntely I can't tailor the weather to my liking.
After the long and cold winter we had I thought we are going to have a warm and dry summer but it's not happening and before I know it I'll be shoveling 6 feet of snow
Just back from Mexico.
Between 35c and 44c in the shade, around 50+c in the sun.