That’s not one of the formal categories for describing the size of hailstones these days, but that’s what hit this moring, and plenty of them, although they were later dissolved by the continued force and volume of the downpour. The NWS hazardous weather outlook issued this morning at 5:38 did mention the possibility of hail. At 7 o’clock sharp, there were bright flashes of lightning and loud claps of thunder. The skies opened up almost immediately and the hail came soon thereafter. Our bush beans are beaten to the ground, along with lots of flowers. Many streets south of the river are carpeted with tree and other vegetal debris. The winds were high enough to strip green leaves from the live oaks and flowers from the pecans. All the excitement pretty much subsided in 40 minutes or so, with intermittent light showers since. I’d imagine that trees will have gone down in some parts of town. It’s now nearly 9:30 and fairly heavy rains are beginning again.

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