Severe Weather Awareness Week, Needless Paranoia Edition

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the local WeatherGuy gave us a brief report on hail this morning. Apparently hail is common during New England summers, and, since it can be quite large and fall at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, poses a significant threat to property and people.

(Common? I’ve only seen it five or six times in a lifetime of New England summers. One of those times, I was clonked on the head with a plummeting chunk of ice, and felt lucky to get away with only a goose-egg lump on my head, so I can wholeheartedly agree with his assessment of the suddenness and the danger.)

WeatherGuy concluded with the remark, “So, hail can be quite hazardous and can appear quite suddenly, giving you no warning or time to seek shelter, so, er, keep that in mind when you’re out enjoying yourself this summer.”