Monday, 30 August 2010

Hailstorm, Sunday afternoon, 29 August 2010


Hailstorm, 29 August 2010

Hailstorm, 29 August 2010


The rain was heavy, grew heavier, then the thunder started in and, within a few moments, the hail began to fall, rather big hailstones, very big ones, dense, breaking, pounding on the skylights. The top photograph shows the street outside running like a shallow river with an ice floe shattered into a mobile mosaic drifting down the middle.

The whole thing lasted about half an hour then started to clear and within an hour it was sunny again. But cold. It is August after all. I am sure there must be some ancient weather saw for this, such as:

When in August falls the hail
Closely following on rain
To beat in fury on the pane..

Prepare to bring out spade and pail
Let Dick the Shepherd blow his nail.
Let all the weather forecasts fail.
Let traffic crawl as slow as snail.
Let stores prepare a Christmas Sale...

etc etc ad inf



2 comments:

Poet in Residence said...

It is cold for August over here too. About 10°C but with the rains and the brisk winds it feels much colder.
No sign of any hailstones over here as yet, but we had a violent hailstorm last summer. It was much like yours. It broke windows in nearly every house in the street. We had 5 panes broken. The storm came suddenly at night. You couldn't see the road. It was just a grey blur like a TV screen off-channel. And the noise I remember. Like a wolf howling. Also lasted about half an hour.

dana said...

A perfect content match for your stormy background