The rich man has his ice in the summer and the poor man gets his in the winter. Well, I guess we should be feeling kinda rich right now...
|The view to the west with the storm moving in from the south|
By 10:30pm, all the warnings and watches had expired for us (or so we thought) and the remaining storms were tracking away from us. But by 11PM, Mr. LH and I were awakened by hail pounding on the roof and skylights. I thought the sound of acorns falling on a roof was bad but the hail was coming down so fast and so hard, we had to shout to hear each other speaking!
|The front yard under the canopy of the cherry tree - lots of unripened cherries came off in the storm.|
We had hailstones from pea-sized to marble sized and so thick on the back patio that you could scoop it like snow.
As soon as the storm passed, I went outside to see the damage (there was no way I was going to sleep otherwise). I could tell it wasn't good, but I had to wait until morning to take full stock of the situation.
|The cucumber plants. I'm hoping they survive.|
|The pole beans. I think these will make it, though the leaves are pretty battered.|
|One half-melted hailstone on a cucumber leaf that was torn from the main plant|
On a side note, I have to mention that whenever someone mentioned Colorado to me, I thought of mountains and snow and skiing....hiking, kayaking and mountain climbing. Certainly not a flat, treeless expanses of land. And I never thought of Colorado as having tornadoes. Kansas, certainly, but not Colorado. But I also never really thought before of Colorado having such a vast prairie...or of Kansas (along with a chunk of the rest of tornado alley) being RIGHT NEXT DOOR. Now I know better.
That being said...for those who are interested, the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office website has charts and maps showing the distribution of Colorado tornadoes since 1950. Interesting stuff.