Colorado hail storm turns Denver into dangerous winter wonderland
A thunderstorm dumped heavy rain and hail the size of golf balls in the Denver area. Some areas saw hail accumulations of up to 2 feet.
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Summer may be drawing to a close, but Colorado residents probably didn't expect it to happen quite so quickly. Heavy rain and golf ball-size hail made August look like the dead of winter in Denver, ABC News reports.
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The hail accumulated up to 2 feet Thursday, trapping at least one car and closing several streets until they were cleared by Denver County snow removal equipment. Teenager Bryndon Jackson says he was on the phone with his mother when his car got stuck in the storm. He was forced to open a door after water began rushing up over the car's hood. The vehicle quickly filled with water and hail. Bryndon reportedly made it out with no injuries, but his car is totaled.
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A car in Colorado Springs was nearly swallowed by the storm's fast-moving rain. In a video uploaded to YouTube, the driver can be heard saying, "Take it easy. I can't see. I can't see." The National Weather Service maintained a flash flood warning until 1 a.m. Friday. The Associated Press reports that another storm hit Colorado today, causing more flooding and closing down Interstate 70.
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That's right old geezer and we liberals are busting out all over!!! You even might live long enough to see it. Time for you to go sit down and watch Bilbo on 'Fixed News'!
Winter? It's hail not snow, hail is a Summer thing!
Wow people sure don't understand Colorado weather! These hail storms are rare (occurring maybe 4 times a year) and brief (lasting 5 to 20 minutes) and only affect small areas (this storm was just in Littleton, a Denver suburb) each summer. I live just 4 miles north of where all the hail was, and I saw no rain or hail at all out my window. Plus by the next day I drove near where the hail storms took place and it looked like nothing had happened.
It's been 85 to 90 degrees for the last month in Denver, and this hail storm happened in the late evening one night and never left a feeling of winter in the air. Denver weather is great, it snows in winter yes but it's brief.
The constant clouds and drizzle in Seattle, and the 95 degrees along with 95% humidity in Florida and Texas are far worse and more permanent annoyances than any briefly extreme type of Denver weather. A lack of Winter doesn't by any means equal perfect weather. Even San Diego gets cloudy and rainy for nearly all of Oct. and Nov. every year.