Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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 Friday night’s thunderstorms were nothing short of powerful, a rare sight for February.  
San Antonio’s streets were left flooding while some areas dealt with large hail. It is a sight that left a lasting impact on San Antonio resident Frank Fonseca.
 "It was bad.  This is the worst I've seen in about 30 years,” said Fonseca.
 Fonseca spent much of Monday raking his lawn near 410 and Babcock after quarter-sized hail left his yard littered with leaves.
 "I mean it was noisy, it was like a thousand guys hitting on top of the roof with a hammer,” said Fonseca.
 Fonseca’s neighborhood, which sits just south of 410, was one of the hardest hit. 
Damage from the storm remained evident on Monday. 
Leo Miera, who lives just a block away from Fonseca, showed off his car that was littered with dents.  His son’s car, which was bought just last month, also received extensive damage.
 "Fortunately they’re covered, you know, we have a deductable, but they’re covered," said Miera.
 Meanwhile, tarps could be found on homes in the neighborhood that suffered roof damage, courtesy of one to two inch hail.
 "One inch hail alone will do damage. Two and half-inch will do significant damage," said Ted Smithy.
 Reports show that much of the hail damage occurred along and south of 410 and just west of Interstate 10.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

* Hailstorms, though destructive in nature are a form of precipitation, like snow and rain, and are hence unavoidable.
* The ice ball that falls down from the sky with a great force, during a hailstorm, is known as a 'hailstone'. An average 'hailstone' can have any diameter between 5 to 150 millimeters.
* The hailstorms are not exactly storms, but are a side effect of a much bigger storm, the thunderstorm. In fact, hailstorms originate from thunderclouds.
* The hail originates from thunderclouds that are also known as Cumulonimbus clouds.
* Weather forecast agencies and departments, newspapers, TV channels and other media organizations, do not refer to the actual size of a hailstones in millimeters, while reporting the severity of a hailstorm. The objects of comparison that are often used are, coins like, cents, dimes or dollars. Some other objects also include marbles, golf balls and peas. For Example: Last night's hailstorm, was not very severe and the size of hail was equivalent to that of a 'pea'.
* One of the most sever and dangerous hailstorms that occurred in the modern times fell on the night of 7th of July, 2009, in a suburb of New York, known as Yonkers. The storm left behind a two inches thick layer of snow and caused a flash flood and also one mud slide.
* The largest of all hailstorms was recorded in Aurora, Nebraska, United States in 2003.
* Another very big hailstorm occurred early in the 9th century, in Roopkund, India. It is supposed to be one of the earliest officially recorded hailstorms.
* In Colorado, United States, the citizens have a 'hailstorm season', that lasts from March to October, every year.
* Hailstorms have rarely lasted for more than 15 minutes. The median of the time span of these storms is about 6 minutes.
* According to the climate departments of governments all over the world, hailstones must have at least ¾ inch of diameter to become severe, and cause a substantial amount of damage.
* Hailstorms usually occur mostly in mountainous regions than the regions with a lower temperature.

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