Hail Storm After the Eclipse

Who knew that the 2024 Eclipse would not be the only extreme weather event of the day?

After the eclipse ended, the clouds of the morning returned, and those clouds eventually brought with them a strong thunderstorm that included lots of hail at our house. Take a look:

Hail in our front yard

All that white stuff in the grass is hail. Lots and lots of hail. In the past when we have had any hail, it has just been small bits for only 30 seconds maximum. This time around, we got large hail for around five minutes.

Hail in our front yard

In the above photo you can see lots of hail piled up at the edge of our front porch. I think so much hail accumulated on the ground there because it had rolled off the roof of the house. And lots of it either bounced up or blew in on the porch floor, too.

Hail the size of golf balls

These were some of the largest hail pieces that I saw. Not all of them were this large, but several were. I would call that golf ball sized hail, but I was thankful that not all of the pieces were the size of golf balls.

Thankfully, we did not have any major damage. The pine trees took a beating, but they look fine. And our post light in the front yard had some damage, but that is a minor thing. The roof of the house seems to be okay, but we might get that checked out by someone with more knowledge than us. And the animals are fine, so they must have found a place to take cover.

After having an eclipse and a hail storm in the same day, I won’t mind at all if we do not have any more weather extremes for a while.

Unpredictable

One of the interesting things I mentioned about the Solar Eclipse was its predictability. We can see the work of an intelligent creator (and by that I mean God, of course) in the patterns that we can see, such as how they know the next total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2045.

But just to be sure that we do not think we have such a powerful God all figured out, he reminds us who is really in control with such things as the unpredictability of weather. Sorry, meteorologists, but while you and your computers can often see patterns in the weather and can make some general predictions based on that, your science is far from a sure thing. I am not complaining about you, dear meteorologist, just stating the facts.

While weather patterns can be observed, the weather cannot be entirely accurately predicted. Some might use that to say that it shows that no one is really in charge. However, to me it shows that the one in charge still has some things that he does not want us to know completely. And that’s okay.

All of that is just a reminder that God is bigger than us. And that shows that he is significantly able to take care of our problems that are much smaller than moving the moon in front of the sun and telling the storms which way to go.

All of that is just another reason that we love God, and therefore we love each other.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:6-8

Love One Another

About the Photos

Nothing fancy here. After the hail had stopped, I went outside and took a few photos with my phone, mainly to document everything just in case the need for such documentation arose later on. But it was all rather fascinating, too, so I thought it might be good to share the photos. So here they are.

Also, these photos have no processing of any kind, unlike most of what I post here. These came straight out of the phone camera just like you see them.

Photo: Each photo is a single Jpg exposure, processed in Raw Therapee.
Camera: iPhone 14 Pro
Date: April 8, 2024
Location: Williston, Tennessee


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