Have you ever heard or even seen something like this? Surreal isn’t it?
Well it is a hailstorm and occured on the 3rd of July 2013 in Santa Rosa, N.M.. There, in this little town, more than a foot of hail felt around 6:00 p.m. MDT. Some had the size of a golf balls.
As bizarre as this sounds, accumulating hail is not uncommon in the High Plains.
Here some other examples:
April 11, 2012 (Dumas, Texas, north of Amarillo): Up to 10 feet hail trapping vehicles and forcing closure of the road for 12 hours.
August 14, 2004 (Clayton, N.M.): Up to 16-foot hail glaciers. Some ice cover lasted almost a month…even in late summer!
May 9, 1994 (Dalhart, Texas): Up to three-foot hail drifts shutdown U.S. 385 for almost one month!
For more information on this weather anomaly: Over a Foot of Hail Swamps New Mexico Town – weather.com.