On July 20 our little town was celebrating its centennial. The fireworks finished at 10 p.m., just ahead of a massive thunderstorm that seemed like a fabulous continuation of a "sound and light show."
These pictures are of the storms we had on Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The top photo shows the storm approaching from the west. This is just a small segment of the western sky which was filled with similar clouds.
This third photo shows the leading edge of the second storm. This was the heaviest storm that evening and did serious damage south of us. We are about 1 1/4 miles north of town. The southern part of town and the crop land beyond that were totally hailed out. Someone said their garden looked like a rice paddy. Another person said she shovelled several inches of hail off her back deck.
This is the front page of Wednesday's paper, the left photo showing the accumulated hail on one of the streets, the right photo showing the flooding down the lower end of main street.
Our neighbour, who farms several different sections of land, was out Wednesday morning checking his scattered fields. Some of his crops were 100% hailed out. It's such a terrible shame, especially since the crops here were in fantastic shape, and would be badly needed in view of the many areas in North America that are experiencing historic levels of drought!
I had written this whole post yesterday, but was having trouble with blogger and couldn't get it published. So here it is now, and we'll see if it's a go.