21 April 2004
Goodness, gracious, great balls of ice
First day of the Festival of the Arts, and that shiny white stuff accumulating on the ground isn't snow; you can name any sports ball, baseball or smaller, and we've had hail that size in the last quarter-hour. Normally I'd be home by now, but I'm not even going to challenge the roads under these conditions.
(Dave: Eat your heart out.)
(Update, 5:45 pm: Back at home. No damage.)
Posted at 5:17 PM
Grrr...I am a bit jealous...the only - ONLY - shortcoming to living here in Big Sky Country is the lack of Tornado Warnings, wall clouds, and Gary England.
No, wait - scratch that last one.
I was busy with the storm that passed south of OKC, from near Chickasha to Purcell, but as we were getting in position on our storm, we were listening to the Ch. 9 coverage of the OKC storm on the radio. No hail drifts from our storm (we only skirted the hail core, catching a couple of spare golf balls), although it came awfully close to producing a tornado just west of Purcell. Not bad for my first "real" chase of the season.
Along I-44 westbound beyond I-35 eastbound traffic wasn't going anywhere you could see the shiny shards on the shoulder, the remains of the hail; NewsOK.com this morning had a shot of a car that was actually stuck in a haildrift. Even by Oklahoma standards, this storm was strange.