Friday, May 23, 2014

Hail Of A Week Across The Nation: Destructive Storms Colorado To Pennsylvania

Even as the sun came out, heavy hail accumulations
caused this crash in Arapahoe County, Colorado Wednesday.  
The number of tornadoes so far in 2014 in the United States is still, thankfully, below normal this year, despite twisters in odd places, like in upstate New York and in Delaware yesterday.

But the hailstorms have been intense. Denver streets were blocked by deep hail Wednesday, and huge hailstones rained down on many communities in the Northeast Thursday.

Between all the damaged or destroyed cars, pockmarked siding and extensive crop damage, I'm sure damage from hail on Thursday alone amounted to many, many millions of dollars.

The hail caused surreal scenes as it shredded leaves and branches from trees, and set off flash floods, since the huge volume of hail quickly melted.

From Twitter, @AshleyReed17 took this surreal
photo of the aftermath of intense hail
in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. 
Strange fogs developed as the sun came out after the storms, as the cold hail steamed into the humid air as it thawed.    

I'm sure auto dealers and auto body shops all over the place will be slammed over the next few months.

Today through the weekend, the threat of big hail will continue in parts of the East Coast and the High Plains, but it doesn't look like the severe storms will be as widespread as they have been over the past week.

The photos are one thing, the videos are another. A lot of hail videos popped up on YouTube, as the very loud destruction from the hail played out in front of residents.

Here's what the storms looked like in Reading, Pennsylvania:

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania was probably the hardest hit. There are gaps in this video with just a green screen but watch through how the intense hail shreds the leaves and branches on trees. The extreme volume of hail causes flash floods as the sun comes back out, and we get a tour of some pretty bad damage:

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