8.25.2006

Monster hail.

Last night, Northfield (about 40 minutes south of Minneapolis) got hit by a major hailstorm. My brother's Passat was totalled by baseball-sized hail, and many others had damage to windows, trees, cars, and yard furniture. Northfield.org has collected more than 100 photos of the monster iceballs and the destruction.
All photos courtesy Northfield Citizens Online/Northfield.org.





17 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as global warming. Yeah, riiigght..

Ralph said...

Why wasn't anything else damaged on the VW? Just the windshield.

kuku said...

windshield 0, rear brake light 1

Anonymous said...

and what about the car in the back ground - no damage there either.

Anonymous said...

You're on Reddit!

Anon, people like you who use every single abnormal weather event as anecdotal (yet unsubstantiated scientifically in almost every instance) evidence of global warming really do a great injustice to those who approach Global Warming rationally, from a scientific point of view. You're a credit to the global-warming-deniers' cause...

Paul Schmelzer said...

Welcome Reddit readers (I did notice my site stats jump from 25 an hour to over 300). I just hope you all decide to click my Google ads! Er, thanks for stopping by. Have a look around!

Paul Schmelzer said...

P.S. The photo pool of Northfield hail at Flickr is now up to 198 shots.

Anonymous said...

What a crock. We're supposed to believe that hail made those three nice, neat holes in that chair? That must have been some extremely powerful hail!

Anonymous said...

You know, it's against the Google TOS to ask people to click on your Google ads...

Paul Schmelzer said...

Ha! I was jokin', but I guess I need a disclaimer on such jokes: should you legitimately find yourself interested in the Google ad links at the top of the page, feel free to click them. Legitimately.

Anonymous said...

How can anyone think this was a fake? That hail was the weirdest thing I've ever seen. (similar sized in Belle Plaine and Jordan, where I live) yes, the force of that hail hitting can do some odd things. Ever seen the video of 4x4 boards being driven through a cement wall? yeah, it is true.. it happens. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing

Mike said...

Olaf grad here. I heard about the hail- pretty crazy stuff.

Cool pictures.

fer pont said...

Allright! the same phenomena happened here, in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week. My VWPointer was left like a golf range.. and the plastic chair in my terrace (same model as in your pics)looks exactly the same. 60 % of the cars in this city show the awful effects of the hail (4PM, no warning!)not to talk about the many damaged roofs and the 14 people injuried by the devilish ice balls!!
Hah... global warming is an obscure invention of those dirty pinko greenpeace macs.. har har har...

Anonymous said...

Super-size hail is real and does awesome damage. There was a monster hail storm in Sydney, Australia a few years ago (14 April 1999) that did over a billion dollars in damage... yes, a Billion.
Destroyed or damaged appprox 40 thousand cars, and damaged 20 thousand homes.

Anonymous said...

a few more shots here

Anonymous said...

Wild photos!

Stupid comments! (from some of the idiots who have nothing better to do than complain)

Thanks for posting the pics, and for the patience in dealing with the idiots. ;)

Anonymous said...

nothing else was really damaged on the car because those are made of almost entirely plastic. i had a newer jetta for a while and ran into so many things and nothing would happen. you can see some dents if you look, though.