They caught more than fish, Friday, on board the boat called the “Ruby Sea” .
They also caught this photo taken from the Columbia River of a thunderstorm that created a funnel cloud. This funnel cloud was over land and also reported by a number of eye witnesses in the Costco parking lot in Warrenton, Oregon.
And here’s the ‘ol Hood To Coast finishing area, covered in hail, right at the Seaside turnaround. I wish I could’ve seen this in person. That’s a sign of really cold air up above us for a storm to be able to create and then dump this much hail.
And finally, we had a fairly isolated thunderstorm that crossed over Highway 20 not far from Albany. Kirsten, who took this picture said the road turned very suddenly from wet to deep, slushy, white hail. And that a few cars actually slid off the road as a result.
That’s the intersesting thing about hail: clouds tend to dump it in ‘streaks’ like they were painting a white line down below. Then when the storm is emptied of hail, the ‘streak’ stops until the storm (if it is strong enough) re-develops more hail and dumps it all over again. In this case, just a narrow stretch of Highway 20 was apparently hit by the streak.
What caused all this craziness? A cold center of low pressure moving through and generally speaking, a pretty sudden cooldown from our record warm start to November. Guess you could say Friday was a ‘hail of a day’ a lot of places!