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What’s with the hail so far this season? This wasn’t nothing like the hail that fell on June 16th but twice in a weeks time? Nasty looking clouds just rolled over us again about an hour ago and as usual the pictures didn’t come out. Maybe if I actually climb out from under the bed, open the curtains and the window maybe they will come out better 😉 Anyways, here is a peak at the pea size hail that just came down for a few seconds. I’ll load one of the pictures up even though the screen did ruin the shot I took.

Yeah, I know point the camera toward the ground next time!

A Nice Picture of My Bedroom Screen with a Cloud in the Background

Here is what I would call a real hail storm not from around CNY most likely.

Picture of Hail on June 16, 2008

Picture of the clouds that set off the tornado warning in Syracuse area June 16th!

Happy almost summer all! This evening look out the window at exactly 7:59 pm est and wave goodbye to Spring and say hello to Summer. According to Charles McChesney who writes on the Syracuse.com website summer will arrive at 7:59 this evening and one of the cool things he mentioned is how early it is this year. You can read Charles article at http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2008/06/summer_cant_wait_sneaks_in_a_d.html

It’s the earliest it’s been in something like 112 years. Just think about it! There are only about 12 – 13 people in the world who are still alive that have seen summer come this early. That’s how long it’s been. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_people#Oldest_validated_people_currently_living_.28top_10.29 .

For me personally I’ll be waving goodbye to one of my favorite seasons and saying hello to my least liked season for the fact that I know more of them 90 degree days are waiting around the corner. Enough said!!!

Have a Great Safe Summer Everyone!

One thing worse than hearing the TV beeping that severe storm warning sound is when it makes the sound and it’s for a Tornado warning :( Of course the first thing the sissy man (sissy man meaning myself of course) is go to the bay windows and sum up the situation as I flick like crazy through the tv channels to see what all the stations have to say about it.

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It’s not too often we get tornado warnings in the Syracuse – Onondaga county area but every now and then we do. Today was one of those days and those clouds were that could be seen from the window were pretty nasty looking to say the least. Then of course when the hail started to fall it was time to keep the cellar door open for my fast escape. Unlike the General who most likely would be out there snapping pictures I prefer to snap them from the bay window. I took a few of the clouds that came out so so and then tried to catch the hail on video. That didn’t work too good because I was across from the balloon fest in Jamesville this weekend and had over 300 pictures along with a couple of videos so when I started to catch the hail on video my memory card was full. I think it’s a 1 or 2 gig memory card which pretty much tells you all how many pictures I took this weekend.

While doing a little surfing here is an old article from the New York Times about a tornado that hit back on September 15, 1912 in the Syracuse and the Long Branch ( called a pleasure resort back then) area in which 3 people were killed and 50 wounded. It will open in a .PDF file and shows a little bit different of style of writing that we are use to. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9906E1D7123CE633A25755C1A96F9C946396D6CF&oref=slogin

Anyways everything seemed to work out ok today with the tornado warning and I haven’t seen any reports of damage anywhere. I have to admit that as much as a sissy man I am the hail that lasted a few minutes if that was pretty cool to see and hear as it slammed against the house windows and roof. For whatever reason I have a feeling this isn’t going to be the last tornado warning that Upstate and Central New York will be seeing before winter sets back in.

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the nice although a bit hot weather we have been having so far. It looks like the next couple few days might be my kind of weather which is around 65 degrees and sunny. Here is a Storm site worth checking out. http://www.stormchaoswx.com/ Enjoy All!