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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/25/2011, 6:32 pm

I wish I had better shots of the funnels in and around STL. I saw one posted that looked like it touched the Arch, for real. Cool stuff when it misses you.

Here is a shot of the biggest hail I've seen in years.....and I come from Kansas.


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Post  dizzygardener on 5/25/2011, 7:07 pm

How's the garden?

That hail is headed out way tomorrow. I fear for my poor Pepper plants.

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Post  jymarino on 5/25/2011, 8:00 pm

Yikes, I don't think we had that in North County. Hopefully my well draining boxes are really well draining since we did get around 3 inches of rain. At least we don't have to water this week. Very Happy

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/25/2011, 11:46 pm

Garden made it through like a champ. That hail was really funny. I don't see enough big hail to know if this was rare.

It wasn't that "thick" if that makes sense. Normally, pea sized hail just falls in buckets. Just looks like tons of popcorn in the yard. However, this stuff was so much bigger as it fell. It was noticeable from the living room as if fell in the yard. But, it just didn't fall in buckets. It was a little more sporadic. From videos I've seen, I wouldn't go out in the yard to pick up hail this size for fear of getting knocked out cold. However, this was no problem. You almost felt you could dodge it as it fell. In fact, I encouraged my kids to run out and pick some up. I know that sounds nuts, but they weren't in any danger at any point. It was really weird.

Anyway, the garden didn't get hammered like it should have. The bird netting stopped most of the hail. Hail that small still can't really destroy the netting. Any bigger, though, and I would be getting nervous. Just a mile or so west of me, they reported tennis ball hail. That would have worked the SFG over pretty good.

I can tell you this.....it was loud as it hit the gutters.

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Post  Amy T on 5/26/2011, 1:44 am

Good to know your family & your garden are safely intact! This spring has been more violent than any I can remember for a long time. Just got my first box filled this weekend, but the weather is so crazy I have been afraid to plant yet.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/26/2011, 8:31 am

Nah....get out there before you miss the growing season. I know you are a bit tongue-in-cheek with the comment, but don't let fear paralyze you.

Enjoy that garden. Like kids, if you wait for the perfect time to start, you'll never do it.

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Post  dizzygardener on 5/26/2011, 10:30 am

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Like kids, if you wait for the perfect time to start, you'll never do it.

You sound like my mother... Rolling Eyes

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/26/2011, 2:43 pm

@dizzygardener wrote:
@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Like kids, if you wait for the perfect time to start, you'll never do it.

You sound like my mother... Rolling Eyes

I heard that from mine. Embarassed

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Post  acara on 5/26/2011, 4:56 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:I wish I had better shots of the funnels in and around STL. I saw one posted that looked like it touched the Arch, for real. Cool stuff when it misses you.

Here is a shot of the biggest hail I've seen in years.....and I come from Kansas.


Yeah .... saw that firsthand while I was driving through.

I flew in Tuesday morning into St Louis regional FOB in Alton, IL, drove out to Highlands and Pinckneyville, then back through St. Rose to Highland.

We were at the Highland Holiday Inn Wednesday when that first wave came through at 5:30am,

Scary stuff



You can keep your weather in STL .... LOL ...

The whole time we were going "if that gets any closer, we're turning the vehicle around and flooring it" ... Razz

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/26/2011, 5:04 pm

What on earth were you doing in those teeny weeny towns? What kind of work do you do that would require a visit to them?

I don't mean this insultingly to the towns. Just didn't think they had any industry or commercial business that warranted a business trip from out of state.

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Post  acara on 5/26/2011, 8:22 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:What on earth were you doing in those teeny weeny towns? What kind of work do you do that would require a visit to them?

I don't mean this insultingly to the towns. Just didn't think they had any industry or commercial business that warranted a business trip from out of state.

One of my primary suppliers has manufacturing/HQ out of Pinck & Highland ... and Alton is the closest FOB you can land a private jet at. belive it or not, there are some Fortune-500 companies with HQ's and manufacturing plants out that way.

I run the Procurement business unit, so we typically verify our lines of supply are intact if there are natural disasters in the area of any of our major suppliers.

I'd have to run into Midway or Ohare if we went commercial, and thats a couple hour drive, so we hopped a charter jet to Alton & rented vehicles there to drive out the rest of the way.... ...... it made sense at the time .... current weather excluded...LOL

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/26/2011, 10:02 pm

Parks Airport/Scott Air Force Base is even closer. And, they are hurting for traffic. I don't know if that makes a hill of beans difference, but charters may be able to negotiate a price and get there instead. If you have any effectiveness when it comes to suggestions, it may be worth mentioning sometime.

But, yup. If you are checking supply lines in wakes of disasters, you will be all over the Mississippi and Ohio valleys this year.

Next time you fly over the area, give me the bird. I'm sure I'll see it. If you ever get the chance to see where you are going, just look for the Arch/downtown area. If you can orient yourself to looking south, there is an interstate that runs down the Mississippi River. That is I-55. When you head south, you will encounter the looping interstate and probably will see the reddish bridge crossing the Mississippi very near where the looping interstate crosses I-55. Come up and around the looping interstate almost back to the north. Where it starts heading north, on the west side of downtown St. Louis, you will see another interstate cross the looping interstate. That is I-44....the one that heads southwest to Springfield and Joplin. Where I-270 (the looping interstate) and I-44 cross is very close to my house.

Make sure you flush when you fly over that spot. My SFG could use the help. OK?

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Post  acara on 5/26/2011, 10:58 pm

LOL .. I'll try to orchestrate a "blue salute" next time we do a flyby Very Happy


Until, then ...stay safe ... I've honestly flown over & drove through 3rd-world war zones that looked in better shape than what I saw this week & my heart goes out to all the affected families in the area.

Best wishes for healing and a speedy recover to the folks affected.

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