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Hailstorm, Complete with Thunder and Lightning Hits Sierra Madre

Monday, January 26, 2009

Around 11:30pm yesterday, I noticed the rain was coming down again, and at times I noticed it was pretty steady coming down.  Then it started hailing.  There was quite a downpour of hail for several minutes, serious enough that while I didn't really expect to find anything, I thought I might go take a look around.  There was also a bit of a lightning and thunderstorm going on.  So I put my contacts back in and changed out of my pjs and went and took a look around.  Where I live near Montecito the street was white with hail, and my car was sliding around on it to a point that I was a little uncomfortable, even at very low speed.  Interestingly, as I drove north to the higher elevations, the roads were, for the most part, clear of hail.  I drove up to One Carter, then down past Mt. Wilson Trail and up to Skyland.  Everything looked pretty clear, and I decided not to go anywhere else.  Here's some pics I took while out and about, though, and one my wife took on my son's i-Phone.  All the pics were taken shortly after midnight, and when I was pulling in the driveway at about 12:30, there was still the occasional flash of lightning.

The hail had some decent size to it, some probably close to 3/8" - 1/2" diameter.

My wife's car

My son standing in the middle of the street

The sandbags were doing their job slowing down the water flow at the east end of 1 Carter - (I was wrong about what their job is.  Per Bruce Inman, "The sandbags are set up in that location as a means of capturing the sediment carried in the pump discharge from the One Carter project... The de-silting basin on the project site allows most of the eroded soil to settle out of the storm runoff; the sandbag structure in the street is a secondary means to catch as much sediment as possible.")

Probably the best picture showing the extent of the hail, and it's from an iPhone.  Photo by Katie Coburn

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