April 13, 2006

Hail!

Scariest hailstorm I've ever witnessed, here in Madison tonight. Big ice marbles bouncing everywhere for about 5 minutes. I've heard of golf-ball-sized hail and even grapefruit-sized-hail. I can't imagine what that must be like.

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Link said...
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Pancho said...

golf-ball-sized hail and even grapefruit-sized-hail. I can't imagine what that must be like.

Come to West Texas in the spring and you'll get a chance to find out!

SteveR said...

I've been through some bad ones in Texas, including one that totaled my car. Hopefully it did not damage your roof, I had to replace one before I could sell it.

Link said...

it sounded like the ending of

Magnolia
out there for a few minutes.

neat weather.

MadisonMan said...

I went outside before the hail to bring in some tiny seedlings -- I didn't want them drenched in a rain (that didn't happen anyway). And I heard the hail falling south of my house. A very odd sound that I couldn't place, as I've not heard it before. Not quite the freight train of a tornado, but more than a rush of wind. Then the bam bam bam of the hail on the roof (Is the car in the garage? Yes, good!). I'm wondering what'll happen to the skylights in the house (unscathed). The hail was pretty soft, and of course I went and plucked some golf-ball sized agglomerations off the ground and put them in a ziplock and then in my freezer. I've heard there's damage on the SW side of Madison -- dented cars, tree limbs down. Very exciting!

Hmm. What does one do with hail stones in a freezer?

stealthlawprof said...

Madison Man -- Hailstones last very long in the freezer and are always fun to show out of town guests.

Ann -- The enjoyment of a hailstorm depends on two things: (1) a little bit of experience with hail, so you realize the world is probably not coming to an end yet and (2) having your cars in the garage.

tommy said...

What does one do with hail stones in a freezer?

put them in a glass and cover them with scotch I think.

When it busts out the window to your bedroom and wakes you up by jumping in the bed with you, then you've got something. It was the screaming that woke me up. Evidently it was cold.

Ann Althouse said...

Well, I don't keep my car in the garage, so that was a factor. Also, for the first few seconds, I wasn't sure what was going on. I heard it on the roof before I saw it on the deck.

Albatross said...

Pancho: Come to West Texas in the spring and you'll get a chance to find out!

Or South Texas. Heck, just about anywhere in Texas. Sometimes you get hail blowing in a strong windstorm, and then the ice balls start hitting your living room windows dead on and you just pray they don't break and your house gets flooded.

In fact, hail in the springtime is almost commonplace down here. So much so that local car dealerships are experienced enough to offer "hail sales" pretty much as soon as the storm stops. Good deals on cars, if you don't mind the little dents.

MadisonMan said...

What does one do with hail stones in a freezer?

put them in a glass and cover them with scotch I think.


Did I neglect to mention they're covered with dirt and pine needles? I suppose that's just on the surface, though.

I'd prefer gin, by they way.

paulfrommpls said...

Ann: Not to be a fearmonger, but check the roof early. That is call your agent early and arrange an inspection if you have any reason to suspect damage. (If cars are dented roofs may be too.) If you have damage, that means almost everybody in the area does, and in my painful experience the first ones to put in a claim with the soon-to-be-overwhelmed insurance companies strike better deals.

Here in S Mpls about 8 years ago, literally everyone got new roofs after a hail storm. Then everyone's rates went up.

Aspasia M. said...

hmmm. I'll match you hail and up you two tornadoes! Now that's excitement.

Tom said...

That was definitely an interesting storm. I live about 5 blocks from the capitol and saw hail at least the size of tennis balls. A friend of mine who lives on the east side of the capital said all he saw were small marble-sized hail.

Weird!

Dave said...

Re roofs: yet again I am glad to live in an apartment building.

For one thing, the roof is concrete, and, for another, the maintenance of it is outsourced.

Those who live in houses are fools.

Pete Hallman said...

"Those who live in houses are fools."

Perhaps to you. Of course there are maintenance expenses, yard work, and other responsibilities. Then again, I can't believe my mortgage payment ($600, with the interest portion being tax deductible)is less than your rent, and in 6 years I've built up over $125,000 in equity through paydown and value apreciation. Roof damage? Homeowners coverage is a wonderful thing. What's the direct ROI on rent payments?
That being said, to each his own.

Word verification: odyqeak. Nice, but tough typing a q without the u immediately following.

Pete Hallman said...

Um.....did I mean MORE than your rent? Dang.
More coffee, please.......

Al Maviva said...

Covered in dirt and pine needles, eh? Cover them in Grey Goose then, and sell the new drink as "The Madison" and bill it as an "earthy and natural cocktail." It will be a smash hit in upscale watering holes.

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Alan Kellogg said...

I just now realized what a wimp place I live in, in terms of natural phenomena. Dinky surf, lackluster earthquakes, and marble sized hail. The closest we've ever come to a hurricane was a tropical storm, and that was over the mountains in Imperial County. Even our mountains are underachievers.

Anything extraordinary we've had to make for ourselves. Zoological gardens, institutes of higher education, the Coronado Bay Bridge.

At least we get the beaches to ourselves when September arrives. :)

("aveea", how Hawaiian. :D )

Dave said...

Pete: I will gladly pay rent on an apartment in order to not have to deal with things like maintenance, yard work, etc.

In any event, not everyone who lives in apartments rents them. Many, especially in NYC, where I live, own them.

MadisonMan said...

What's the difference between an apartment that you own and a condo?

Ann Althouse said...

"What's the difference between an apartment that you own and a condo?"

If you live in a house that you rent, you still call it a house. There's no different word depending on whether you rent or own. It makes sense to me to call your condo an apartment: it's just the way to avoid forefronting your form of ownership. Actually, I think condo connotes age and apartment, youth. Anyway, in NY it's usually a co-op, isn't it. A "cooperative apartment." Why not emphasize the noun and not the adjective when you're shortening the term?

Dave said...

Co-ops are more prevalent than condos in NYC, but more condos have been built in recent years than co-ops.

Plus, in a co-op you don't actually own the apartment in which you live but rather shares in the corporation which owns the building. Those shares entitle you to what's called a proprietary lease, which effectively gives you control over your apartment, just as if you owned it as a condo.

I don't think any place else in the US has co-ops.

BrianOfAtlanta said...

We have some good hailstorms here, as well. One in particular occured 10 days after we had a new roof put on the house. The hail was just short of golf ball size, but hard as nails. It scraped the stain off the west side of the house (cedar siding) and the vibration from the impacts knocked a clock off the wall. Someone nearby in a brand new house had a hailstone go through their vinyl siding, through the insulation and sheet rock, and land on their living room rug.

The insurance adjuster took one look at the side of our house and asked how old our roof was, since he was going to write it off as a complete loss. When I told him it was less than 2 weeks old, he just shook his head and said he'd send the check.

tommy said...

Did I neglect to mention they're covered with dirt and pine needles?

Then I recommend a good lowlands single malt scotch. If you insist on gin you're on your own.

SteveR said...

An interesting subculture of hail chasers exists that do roof repairs, usually honest but almost gypsy like, drive around to areas where damage has occurred. A good size storm can overwhelm the local roofers so its a good thing, but you have to be careful using them.

Pete Hallman said...

Dave: I stand corrected, and properly chastened. I wrongly assumed 'apartment' meant rented; I've always heard the term 'condo' when referring to owned units. Thanks for the heads up - I learn something new every day. I hope.

bloggadog said...

the noisiest hail storm (like bowling balls hitting the top and side of the house) I've ever experienced in my over 50 years--but it was an exhilerating moment when my dog of two years, with her super-punky independent attitude finally decided she needed me -- I was upstairs checking on the cats and I saw her on the landing, looking up the stairs at me, her eyes yelled "Mom, what's going on?!?" and then she came bounding up for comfort and company, with no embarassment or lack of dignity at all. A bonding moment at last. I wonder if she'll remember that when I next ask her to come in out of the yard?

chuck b. said...

How about blocks of ice as big as a microwave oven crashing through your roof? Link.

chuck b. said...

Dave said, "I don't think any place else in the US has co-ops."

We have some co-ops in San Francisco. But they're considered bad investments relative to condos, TIC's and regular houses.

bloggadog said...

...driving down Willy Street this morning I noticed that the beautifully restored gold house (across from MadCat next to Nature's Bakery)that was saved (by neighborhood outcry)from being razed, is now advertised as having "only one condo" left"! So, saved from destruction and development, we now have gentrification anyway.

Apparently "historical preservation" through rennovation meant an evolution from "apartment rental" to "Condo ownership", which I assume has a class effect on the new occupants.

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