Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Goodness gracious....

....great balls of ICE!

Yesterday morning, Wichitan's enjoyed a show put on by Mother Nature, as she had dotted the landscape with lots (and I mean LOTS) of little ice balls. They were very small, and nicely rounded hail stones. There was lots of them, and it was quite a sight to see. I had heard it hitting the window, roof and street during the night. As I opened my door to go to work, this is what I saw - and as my car rolled over it - I could hear the ice crunching under the tires.

Wichita sometimes gets large hail storms, that do damage to the trees, windows, roofs, cars, and more. Hail can sometimes be as large as golf, tennis, baseball, and softballs. But, this little storm was harmless and a spectacular sight. This photo shows the density of coverage, but it doesn't show a good focused shot of the little balls. I'll post a macro of them - tomorrow.

9 comments:

Annie said...

Danger, danger. Don't get bopped on your head.

Rambling Round said...

Glad this hail was small. I have seen baseball size hail one time...back in 1982 right here at the house. I was cowered in the hall watching it bounced off the roof through a bedroom window. By the time it was over and I got outside with my camera, it had evaporated to golf-ball size, but the whole neighborhood was in a steaming fog.

Jim said...

I would rather have now than ice. Not fun.

Wanda said...

It obvious no one is out walking on it....!

Looks dangerous...!

Moonshadow said...

I think this was more sleet than hail. Did you hear the thunder too? We didn't get any of the moisture out here (32 miles outside Wichita) but I did hear the thunder. Took a minute to realize that was what it was, very unusual for this time of year.

oldmanlincoln said...

Those are murder to drive on too. The tiny ones don't squash like bigger ones. It is snowing here this morning but no where near what they forecast. At least not yet.

I like your photography.

Hyde DP said...

We had some stuff like that about a week ago and now we've got lots of bright sunshine.

Dan said...

We haven't had hail in a while around here. Sometimes it is big enough to do some serious auto and roof damage.

photowannabe said...

Slip sliding away....looks cold and slick. Be careful...