26 March 2010

Freak hailstorm in Bourrou !


Hailstones in March, originally uploaded by hardworkinghippy.

Yesterday we had a hailstorm which only lasted for about ten minutes but made a terrific racket on the plastic (hail storm proof) roof of the terrace. The hailstones we get here are huge and come down with an amazing force, bouncing off the ground like golf balls and they can do a lot of damage. Our little old van a has a few more dents but one of our neighbours borrowed our truck to pull his trailer when he went to get some building materials and as luck would have it he left just before the storm started and came back after it had finished. Where he went they didn't have a storm, so the Nissan was undamaged. The solar panels have been through this sort of thing before with no problems.

Hailstones the size of golf ballsThe plants don't seem to have suffered much - I haven't started to fill the garden up with seedlings and the perennials are almost all covered with protection to stop the chickens eating them - so that probably helped stop them being damaged.

I can't use our greenhouse which was badly damaged in the storm last year but I'm breathing a sigh of relief, because I almost repaired the roof. The corrugated plastic sheeting which I'd have used isn't hailstone proof and it would have been full of holes. Sometimes laziness pays !

7 comments:

Tommo said...

Crikey! Scary.

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

Blimey - they are big. There was also a massive hailstorm in Perth recently with lots of damage to cars etc.

detroit dog said...

Those are big! When I first saw the photo of you holding the hail, my initial thought was that you showing some pearl onions. :-) I'm glad everything is all right.

Steelkitten said...

Wow! I've never seen hailstones that big before...

Ian and Luis said...

The day after tomorrow....crikey

Val Grainger said...

Wow what a size! That could do some serious damage!!!!

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