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ENGLAND - Strange hail of blue sphere balls fall on Dorset resident in freak storm
February 4, 2012 – A man in Dorset has been left mystified after tiny blue spheres fell from the sky into his garden. Steve Hornsby from Bournemouth said the 3cm diameter balls came raining down late on Thursday afternoon during a hail storm on January 26, 2012. He found about a dozen of the balls in his garden. He said: “[They're] difficult to pick up, I had to get a spoon and flick them into a jam jar.” The Met Office said the jelly-like substance was “not meteorological.” Mr. Hornsby, a former aircraft engineer, said: “The sky went a really dark yellow color. As I walked outside to go to the garage, there was an instant hail storm for a few seconds and I thought, what’s that in the grass?” Mr. Hornsby said he was keeping the balls in his fridge while he tried to find out what they were. Walking around his garden he found many more blue spheres were scattered across the grass. He said: “The have an exterior shell with a softer inner but have no smell, aren’t sticky and do not melt.” Mr. Hornsby said he was keeping the balls in his fridge while he tried to find out what they were. Josie Pegg, an applied science research assistant at Bournemouth University, speculated that the apparently strange phenomena might be ‘marine invertebrate eggs.’ These have been implicated in previous ‘strange goo’ incidents,” she said. “I’d have thought it’s a little early for spawning but I suppose we’ve had a very mild winter.” –BBC

Freak storm as Durban, South Africa hit by hail
June 9 2012
 A freak hailstone storm caught Durban off guard on Friday night with unconfirmed reports of damage to roof tiles, gardens and uprooted trees.  
Chris Hoare, in Durban North, said hail got caught in verges and gardens, and was as much as “six inches thick”. His son and friends took pictures of themselves playing in the hail. However, some suburbs like Glenmore and Westville escaped the storm.

Wisani Maluleke, a forecaster at the Durban Weather Office, said temperatures were around 18ºC on Friday night, and large clouds were visible over Durban. “There were reports of hailstones, but we cannot say where,” Maluleke said.
A massive ice storm hit Virginia airport in Durban North. Spokesman for the Durban Air Show Ray de Vries said that this is one of the worst hailstorms the aviation fraternity had seen at the airport. “It looked strangely beautiful. The airport was closed due to dangerous conditions.”

Hailstone declared largest on record to hit Hawaii
3/25/12  At 4.25 inches long, 2.25 inches tall and 2 inches wide, a hailstone that fell on the windward side of Oahu this month has been declared the largest on record to hit Hawaii, the National Weather Service announced.

Records for Hawaii go back to 1950 and the previous record was a relatively puny 1 inch in diameter.
"The record-setting hailstone was dropped by a supercell thunderstorm on the windward side of Oahu and produced large hail in Kaneohe and Kailua," the service said in a statement. "Numerous reports of hail with diameters of 2 to 3 inches and greater were reported."

"Hail to the size of golf balls and baseballs can only form within intense, thunderstorms called 'supercells'," the service added. "These supercells need warm, moist air to rise into progressively colder, drier air; as well as winds changing direction and increasing speed with increasing height off the ground. For both sets of conditions to exist at the same time in Hawaii is extremely rare, but did occur on March 9. Conditions were ideal for a supercell to form, which on National Weather Service radar imagery looked exactly like such storms in the central portions of the contiguous United States where severe hail larger than an inch in diameter is most common."

China -  40 people killed in hour long violent hailstorm
5/13/12  Eighteen others remained missing in Min county, a disaster-prone area of Gansu province, while 87 had been sent to hospital, the local government said.
Officials said 29,300 people were evacuated after rain and hail battered the county for just an hour late on Thursday afternoon.
It "wreaked havoc" on all of the county's 18 townships and affected more than two-thirds of its 450,000 residents, the state-controlled Xinhua news agency reported.

"Roads were blocked, houses collapsed, farmland was destroyed, and the power supply and telecommunications services were disrupted by the extreme weather," the agency said, quoting Xu Guangyao, a senior county official.
Min county is 90 miles from Zhouqu county, where a rain-triggered mudslide killed about 1,500 people in August 2010.

China: Giant Hailstones and Tornado Kill 24, Injure Hundreds
3/21/13  A tornado that ripped through southern China has caused widespread devastation, killing at least 24 people and leaving scores more injured.
The storm hit the Daoxian province in south of the country on Wednesday, said Zhou Jingzhong, head of the county government's publicity office.
Strong tornado winds - which can reach speeds of 300 mph - caused a ferry to overturn in a river in the south-eastern province of Fujian, causing the deaths of 11 people, with four still missing, said local website

Nine people were killed in the town of Dongguan, with images showing shattered car windscreens, apparently smashed by egg-sized hailstones.
Many of the dead were trapped inside collapsed buildings. A further 148 people were also injured, including 11 who are on the critical list.
Other areas affected by storms and torrential rain were in the nearby Jiangxi and Hunan provinces of central China and Guizhou, in the southwest region of the country.

Around 1.5 million residents have been affected by the severe weather and 215,000 people have been forced to relocate, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Southwest China is still recovering from thunder and hailstorms which swept Guizhou province seven days ago. Some 24 counties and cities were hit by the storms which damaged houses and 8,700 hectares of farmland.

More storms bringing rain, wind and hail are forecast for the south of the country over the next three days, according to reports by Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.
Wang Li, director of the Hunan Meteorological Administration's division of emergency and disaster relief, said: "This kind of weather frequently occurs during spring in Hunan, but such severity is rare."
Wang said the provincial meteorological authorities had issued orange storm alerts in 40 cities and counties across the province on Tuesday night, the second-highest level in China's three-tier colour-coded warning system.

"Given that the spring crop sowing season has just started in our province, the damage to plants is likely to be limited," he told China Daily, although adding that vegetable and tobacco growers may suffer economic losses.
Labourers clean up the debris of a shed which was destroyed by a thunderstorm and hail in Dongguan, Guangdong province March 20, 2013. At least eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit the city in south China's Guangdong Province, local authorities said Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Freak hailstorms dump tons of ice on New Mexico and Alberta, Canada
July 6, 2013 – NEW MEXICO
- A storm dumped inches of hail on Santa Rosa Wednesday evening leaving a lot of ice and damage in its wake. The storm, which moved in from San Miguel County, lasted for about an hour. Thursday morning, Santa Rosa still looked like a winter wonderland from the air. Ice blanketed the streets, parks and rooftops on the Fourth of July, the morning after the storm that dumped 3-6 inches of nickel- to golf-ball-sized hail that accumulated to feet in depth in some places. “It’s funny to see the people at Park Lake all in shorts and stuff and swimming trunks, and in the snow, it seems like,” Horacio Lopez said. Santa Rosa’s fire chief said while he appreciates the moisture during the long-running drought, the storm caused dangerous conditions on roadways. “Some people I talked to were stuck for five to six hours,” Chief Gilbert Romero said. “It’s just really bad, something I’ve never seen in my 50 years of life. I’ve never seen anything like this.” Some of the original stained glass windows, dating back about 100 years, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church were damaged by the hail. Resulting water damage also forced businesses to close including the Family Dollar as people continued to shovel hail off of roofs. “We’ve just spent the morning here trying to assess our damage,” Mario Trujillo, the owner of the Sun & Sand Restaurant, said. “Just looking at town, it’s just incredible. We’ve heard of carports falling.” Roberta Blea didn’t realize her carport had fallen on all three of her family’s cars until after the storm passed. She said the falling hail was so loud, they couldn’t hear the carport collapsing. “I looked out and it was just raining hail,” Blea told KRQE News 13. “I had never seen that happen. I just never even expected this much destruction. It’s devastating.” Forecasters with the National Weather Service said these types of hail storms aren’t uncommon, but that it’s rare for this to happen before monsoon season starts. –KRQE

TABER, ALBERTA: “There’s still hail sitting around now and it’s like what, noon?” said Gaylene Whitley, surveying her lawn. “It’s still sitting around. It came down in buckets.” For Taber residents, waking up to snow on the lawn is normal in the spring. But waking to snowdrifts in July has the town speechless. Friday evening, large thunderstorms rolled into Taber, with hail covering streets, lawns and sidewalks. Ice pellets blocked storm sewers, flooding residential streets and sending some vehicles floating in the water. “In some spots in town I bet you there was two feet of water on the road. It was a lot of water and hail,” said Taber resident Cody Cook. Taber RCMP say there were no reports of anyone injured, or any major damage to property during the storm. Residents are left with lawns full of mud and leaves, and of course, piles of snow. But five blocks away from these homes, there’s no evidence of a storm at all. Residents in the North end of Taber seem to have been hit the hardest. One home owner said his roof is newly re-shingled, but that didn’t stop the water from coming in. “There’s water pouring in my parent’s house. Through the roof, through the walls, through the light fixtures,” said Cook. Residents say in some areas, water came up to car bumpers. Vehicles stalled trying to break through the hail filled streets, which are now filled with people from the South end of town catching a glimpse of the destruction five minutes away. All streets in Taber are now clear of water, as well as tree branches broken in the storm. –Global News

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? Job 38:22-23
Hail, Flooding Knock Out Colorado Towns

Heavy rain and hail, some golf ball-sized, combined to make it look like Christmas in August in Colorado.

Accumulations of up to two feet of hail in the Denver area Thursday evening left at least one car trapped and closed local streets until the county could get a snowplow out to the scene.

"The water just takes my car rushing up over the hood, and was like, 'Mom, I gotta go,'" Bryndon Jackson, whose car was totaled after filling with water and hail, told  ABC affiliate KMGH.

"I was forced to open the door and all the water came rushing in and I knew I had to get out of there quick," he said.

Four inches of rain feel in just over an hour, racing through neighborhoods and forcing the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning until 1 a.m.

In Colorado Springs, the fast-moving rain resulted in one car nearly being swallowed as its driver lost sight of the highway while trying to navigate through the storm.

"This is really bad. We've got to go through but...I don't know if I want to test my luck," the driver can be heard saying in a video posted on YouTube.  "Take it easy.  I can't see.  I can't see."

The Denver area will have a chance to recover today with only a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms forecast by the National Weather Service.

The West will be impacted, however, in the coming days by moisture from Tropical Storm Ivo now making its way through the Pacific.
Colorado hail storm turns Denver into dangerous winter wonderland

A thunderstorm dumped heavy rain and hail the size of golf balls in the Denver area. Some areas saw hail accumulations of up to 2 feet.

Summer may be drawing to a close, but Colorado residents probably didn't expect it to happen quite so quickly. Heavy rain and golf ball-size hail made August look like the dead of winter in Denver, ABC News reports.

The hail accumulated up to 2 feet Thursday, trapping at least one car and closing several streets until they were cleared by Denver County snow removal equipment. Teenager Bryndon Jackson says he was on the phone with his mother when his car got stuck in the storm. He was forced to open a door after water began rushing up over the car's hood. The vehicle quickly filled with water and hail. Bryndon reportedly made it out with no injuries, but his car is totaled.

A car in Colorado Springs was nearly swallowed by the storm's fast-moving rain. In a video uploaded to YouTube, the driver can be heard saying, "Take it easy. I can't see. I can't see." The National Weather Service maintained a flash flood warning until 1 a.m. Friday. The Associated Press reports that another storm hit Colorado today, causing more flooding and closing down Interstate 70.
Denver hammered by tornadoes, hail
Super cell thunderstorm spawned at least four tornadoes that touched down in Denver, as well as a large amount of hail.

DENVER, May 21 (UPI) --A super cell thunderstorm dropped large amounts of hail and produced several tornadoes that swept through the Denver area Wednesday, weather officials said.

The National Weather Service reported four tornado touchdowns in Watkins, East Denver and Aurora, Colo.

"This thing is spinning up multiple tornadoes," witness Jeff Piotrowski told CNN. "There were tornadoes on the outer ring of the circulation, ... and then there's the main tornado vortex closer to the storm."

The storm system also dropped significant amounts of hail all over the Denver metro area, causing streets and yards to look like they'd been pummeled with a winter storm.

The tornado warnings prompted the closure of Denver International Airport for about an hour and a half. At least 38 flights were diverted and the airport expected delays throughout the rest of the day.

Baseball-Size Hail Hits Nebraska as Tornado Threat Looms

Baseball-size hail came down in Nebraska Tuesday as a dense pattern of severe weather moved across several states in the Midwest.

Emergency sirens went off mid-afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska, after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the eastern and central parts of the state as well as in southwest Iowa. The advisory warned the weather system could bring heavy rain, winds of up to 80 mph and tennis ball-sized hail. Weather spotters in the area confirmed a tornado on the ground in central Nebraska, NWS said.

During a span of eight minutes around 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET), the NWS recorded 1.08 inches of rain at the Omaha airport, which closed due to risk of flash flooding on the airfield.

Destruction across the state included uprooted trees, damage to the exterior of homes, shattered car windshields and dented hoods.

The National Weather Service has also issued a tornado watch warning that includes 11 counties In south central Iowa. The watch will remain in place until 1 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).

A derecho — a 200-mile long straight line of damaging wind — is most likely to occur Tuesday night and into Wednesday over parts of eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and perhaps as far east as Illinois and Indiana, according to The Weather Channel.

The National Weather Service said considerable damage to mobile homes, roofs, windows, trees and vehicles was expected, as were power outages.

   Main Street Greeley Nebraska while the sirens were going off. @JimCantore @weatherchannel
   — Ben Callahan (@Benny_nthejetss) June 3, 2014

While Nebraska appeared to bear the brunt of Tuesday's severe weather, parts of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois were alerted about damaging winds that could continue into Wednesday.

The severe weather threat arrives amid an unusually quiet late spring, with fewer documented tornadoes in May than in previous years.

Nebraska storm baseball-sized hail
June 4, 2014
Storms pummeled Nebraska, producing hailstones the size of baseballs
which pounded homes and cars.
It cracked windshields and riddled houses with holes.
Reports of flooding and winds of 85 mph in Iowa. 8 unconfirmed tornado touchdowns in Nebraska.
The severe weather halted flights for hours, and heavy rain caused flash flooding that closed area streets.

The hail pummeled 4,300 vehicles at a car dealership.
Another day of storms due today.
Severe storms will likely move east to Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people.
And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.
Revelation 16:21

Tornado Threats, Destructive Winds: Severe Storms Threaten Millions

More than 35 million Americans could face destructive winds Wednesday as a dense pattern of severe storms pelted Nebraska with baseball-sized hail before spreading across the Midwest.

Tornadoes are possible across a broad swath of the Midwest and parts of the Mississippi River Valley, the Weather Channel’s lead forecaster Kevin Roth said.

One tornado was confirmed by spotters on the ground in Ord, Nebraska late Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service said. The Weather Channel said it had reports of 11 other unconfirmed tornadoes – 7 more in Nebraska, two in Kansas, one in Iowa and one in western Wyoming.

A gustnado — a low-level, rolling cloud accompanying a thunderstorm — also was recorded in Seward, Nebraska late Tuesday.


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