You know that hail storm that Bozeman had a few years back? The one that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage? That one? ...
It was a pussy.
Today's was worse, though hopefully it won't carry quite the price tag.
Yes, that is a full sized spray can. The severe storm warning was for 'quarter sized' hail. Uhhh, just for the record, we beat that. Of course 'Susan B. Anthony dollar sized hail' just doesn't flow off the tongue. I looked around for a golf ball to show that comparison, but I'm not a golfer. I am a smoker, at least for a short while longer, so try this:
In truth, we got lucky. Because of the wet weather, the tomato plants weren't big enough to take much of a hit. Some of the rest of the garden did. The trees certainly did. Much of the new growth on the spruces is now history. The Ash weathered okay, except that, as you will soon see, much of it's green is now scattered across Broadway and blocking the sidewalks . The Birch in back is what I worried about most. It's not terribly healthy, in part because of the hit it took from the last big hail storm. That's also in part because the neighbor won't cut the suckers that are growing in his yard, until they grow into the power lines, and then Northwestern Energy will cut them. The Birch actually appears to have taken a lighter hit from this storm than last time. Some of the dead wood came out, and some leaves, but most of the growth now is on the eastern side of the tree, and protected.
The neighborhood looks like hell. The guy in the upper apartment across the street lost his rear window in his car. The neighbors to both the south and north lost windows in the west, from which the hail was coming. And of course there is debris everywhere. It's gonna take a week at least to clean up from this one. We lost no windows, thankfully. It could have been worse.
Teddy is happily running outside to chew on cloud provided pop-sickles. The power was out for about 20 minutes, and I've tried to get a hold of my beloved at work, but "all lines are currently busy". And sirens are going off all over this side of the valley. This does not bode well.