Hail Events
All Photos Scott Blair

01 - Capulin, NM
June 2, 2003
02 - Boone, CO
June 11, 2009
03 - Boone, CO
June 11, 2009
The backside of prolific hail producing storms can be quite photogenic, especially if the sun is out. Traditionally, the departing hail shaft is a laminar wall of white mixed with a vivid rainbow. Combine the sky with a smattering of white stones on the ground, and one is left with a spectacular spectacle, not to mention much colder temperatures!

04 - Crosbyton, TX
May 27, 2002
05 - Crosbyton, TX
May 27, 2002
06 - Crosbyton, TX
May 27, 2002
07 - Crosbyton, TX
May 27, 2002
Eric Nguyen, Scott Currens, and I had just observed a weak tornado near Ralls, but the storm appeared less organized and we decided to investigate the backside hail shaft. We made several transects and then found some awesome spiky hail south of Crosbyton, TX. The largest measured stones were 2.75 inches in diameter (baseball size). We marveled at the thin spikes surviving such an impact.

08 - Aurora, NE
June 22, 2003
09 - Aurora, NE
June 22, 2003
After waking up in Grand Island and hearing reports of volleyball sized hail from the previous night, Eric Nguyen and I decided to venture out to Aurora, NE and survey the area. We found an isolated region in northwestern Aurora where giant hail stones had left perfectly carved out craters in freshly cut grass. This is where the current US record hail stone was identifed, and it's likely a few stones were larger than the official record based on the survey.

10 - Adrian, TX
May 30, 2001
11 - Adrian, TX
May 30, 2001
12 - Adrian, TX
May 30, 2001
13 - Adrian, TX
May 30, 2001
Dave Lewison, Chris Kridler, Jason Politte, and I followed a very photogenic supercell across the open prairie of northeast New Mexico. With the limited roads, we failed in our attempt to slide in front of the storm before it crossed I-40. The end result was a barrage of wind-driven golfball size hail. A few much larger stones were observed during the onset of the hail. I lost most of my taillights and limped back into AMA.

14 - Colony, OK
March 30, 2008
15 - Abilene, TX
May 28, 2002
16 - Oregon, MO
June 7, 2009
Observing hail isn't without several potential hazards. Hail several inches deep, possibly damming up rain water, is a fairly common occurrence in the wake of supercells. This obviously makes for difficult driving. In the left photo, Bob Fritchie pulls over to observe the erratic tire tracks. Additionally, huge stones impacting a vehicle can result in considerable damage, especially to the glass. The middle image shows my windshield after a couple nasty hail events in 2002 (courtesy Collora). The right photo shows the result of one stone estimated at 5.5" in diameter that cratered in a sizeable portion of the windshield.

17 - Buhler, KS
April 18, 2009
18 - Buhler, KS
April 18, 2009
19 - Buhler, KS
April 18, 2009
Low-topped convection with low freezing levels produced copious amounts of hail. The rate of hail accumulation was great enough to pile up on the windshields and prevent the wipers from working due to the weight of the ice. The storm passed and we measured a 0.25 mile hail swath along a local highway. The hail on the roadway created quite a hazard to local motorists, with one individual losing control and driving into a ditch. The largest stones we measured were quarter size.

20 - Old Glory, TX
April 5, 2003
21 - Old Glory, TX
April 5, 2003
The supercell that produced a tornado near Aspermont was responsible for a long-lived hail swath across NW TX during the afternoon and evening hours. We encountered some stones up to 3" in diameter south of Old Glory, TX. Much larger hail fell later with the same storm 70 miles to the east near Woodson, TX.

22 - Moses, NM
May 23, 2003
23 - Roy, NM
June 3, 2003
24 - Sanchez, NM
June 4, 2003
Northeast New Mexico seemed to be the perfect setting for some photogenic supercells and frequent rounds of golfball sized hail in 2003. Eric Nguyen and I encountered several memorable hail storms across the empty terrain.

25 - Maywood, NE
June 4, 2008
With few roads available in southwest Nebraska, Derek Deroche and I decided to investigate the hail in a slow-moving supercell west of Maywood, NE. We observed several stones around 2.5" in diameter, or in this case dollar-bill sized hail.

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