Hail on my Porch

Yep, first it was lightening, then thunder, then small, tiny pea-sized hail started bombarding the atrium of my apartment building, windows, and deck. Several delighted screams from neighbors, and it lasted about twenty minutes. Now it’s back to boring old rain and I have no excuse not to return my videos. Probably rolling all over San francisco- at 9:00 to 9:20 it was in North Beach. Funny in a land of none or at least boring weather, we finally got some!

On Stockton at Greenwich the hail on the corner of the intersection had been squished into a tiny little SNOW-like pile. A small snowman was created in front of the Deli there, with little twigs as arms and stones as eyes. About 10 inches tall. Gotta love our snow.

Update: Result of last night’s weather, SF Gate reports landslide occurring at 3am on the 400 block of Broadway. All they could think of was “Landslide Forces Evacuations?” How about… Stripclub Gets Stripped; Mountain moves to Showgirls; Showgirls Shown Wrath of God; hmm… maybe I should keep my day job. Here we go- inspiration at last- Water Break in NB Stripclub – Customers All Wet.

Update 2/27 4PM: Captain Dudley of the Central Precinct sent out this note:

I spent all morning at the rock slide that began out back of the 400 block of Vallejo Street. Several tons of rock crashed down on rear facing structures on the even side of Broadway Street. At the time of this report, we ran a unified command with the Department of Building Inspections and helped evacuate and secure approximately 85 apartments and businesses. The American Red Cross was on hand from 3:30 AM and set up a shelter for displaced residents at the Chinatown Rec Center at 1199 Mason Street. A meeting is scheduled for tomorrow 2/28/07 at noon at 440 Broadway for the community to hear from City Agencies on what will be happening over the next days to week.

2 Comments so far

  1. Nancy (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    DOH! those were painful. (But who am *I* to talk?)

    I was on the phone with a friend who lives in snow-country when the hail started last night – she just laughed when I held the headset mic up to the kitchen window for her to hear the musical pelting.

    I much prefer snow over hail, though – I miss living where (occasionally) a soft blanket of silence would envelope the city. And if hail gets much larger than the pea-size we saw last night, it can do some real property damage. Golfball-sized hail in Texas made me replace the hood of my car, once.

  2. Gurpal Dosanjh (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

    That explains all the helicopters buzzing about this morning. Glad to hear that no one was hurt. Several neighbors in my building mentioned they “heard” the landslide–is that actually possible?

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