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It's utterly mad...

...but there's something fun about riding in the middle of a hail-storm.

As long as the hail is only barely split-pea sized.

As long as it only happens once a year.

Or less.

And as long as you don't have to do it for more than about 15 minutes. By the end I was getting pretty cold.

The storm today was enough to build up about 3/4" of hail on the streets while it was coming down (in all of 20 minutes). It all melted as soon as the storm ended.

It's far less slippery than the first rain of fall when the dust and oil hasn't washed off the roads yet. When the hail is coming down hard, it's a touch noisy and a bit stingy.

On the down side, the hail collects and then melts, so leaky zippers are a much bigger problem. I've got a few wet spots on my jeans.


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Mar. 10th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
I still remember the hailstorm I was caught in coming into Santa Fe. This was an August afternoon thunderstorm, so up till that point it'd been excruciatingly hot and all my suit vents were open.

By the time I could get off the free way and close the vents, they were full of (starting to melt) hail. I looked like a drowned rat when I got to the hotel about 20 minutes later.
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