Today has been the weirdest day.
I woke up to the sound of a gully washer, followed less than an hour later by sunshine and dramatic skies. Before I finished my 2nd cup of coffee, the sun was gone, obscured by clouds so dark that I considered turning on the light. Lightning and thunder were next, and then the clouds opened up again, but what poured forth wasn’t rain but hail. It only lasted for a couple of minutes, but it was the most intense hail storm I had ever seen. Knowing that the hail stones would melt very quickly, I grabbed my camera and headed outside to document this unusual event.
Now, an hour and a half later, there’s no trace it ever happened (except for the pile near the key lime, see below), the sun is shining, and I just saw a hummingbird flutter by outside.
Silly me, I thought today was May 15th, but apparently it’s still April.
|Hail on roof|
|Violets (Viola odorata), Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra), and potted squid agave (Agave bracteosa) in back yard|
|This could be a photo of the first snow fall of the season (if it ever snowed here)|
|Raised vegetable beds|
|Succulent display table|
|A whole avalanche of hail shooting off the roof and collecting next to our potted key lime|
|Variegated maiden hair grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberpfeil’) outside the front yard fence|
|Trailing ice plant (Delosperma cooperi), looking decidedly more forlorn than usual|
|Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’|
|Agave lophanta ‘Quadricolor’|
|Puya coerulea var. violacea|
While hail damage was minimal overall, some plants were affected. (Click here for an update.)
|Karly Rose fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose’) looking decidedly less perky than the other day|
|Siskiyou Pink gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink') looks a tad flattened, too|
|Echeveria bifida var. metallica showing cosmetic damage—darker green is showing where the purplish metallic skin was punctured|
5/20/2011: Click here for a hail damage update.