Thunderstorm drops so much hail in Sacramento, it looks like snow!

This strong thunderstorm system made for an interesting afternoon in Sacramento. It dropped an inch of pea-sized hail. so much it looked like snow. Hail from thunderstorms this time of year is a fairly common occurrence, but the quantity and breadth of hail is not.

From my radio station


Hail is covering the ground Monday afternoon in Sacramento, making it look like it’s snowed in the Capitol City.

Viewers from Natomas to downtown Sacramento sent KCRA pictures and videos of the active weather that is rolling through the region.

NOTE: My office in Chico reported getting hail, but I didn’t experience it. I was on the other side of town when it happened, but I heard from more than a few people that quite a bit of hail was observed in and around Chico and Butte County.

27 thoughts on “Thunderstorm drops so much hail in Sacramento, it looks like snow!

  1. More of the same on Skyline Blvd in Oakland this evening. Nothing dangerous, so I quite enjoyed it.
    (PS Typo alert -Thunderstorm)

  2. What sort of diameter was the hail? In Texas, a fair amount of the time, it gets large enough to dent cars, metal roofs, ….

      • Not if your car has a cloth top.
        Been there. Done that. Some of the hail was near an inch in diameter.
        My convertible was an old Ford. I patched the top with duct tape — color matched.
        Many new cars were severely damaged.
        Do run for cover. It hurts.

    • My family was travelling across the country on I-80 in the late 1960s. We stopped at a motel one night. The next morning, the old guy running the motel went to his refrigerator and showed us hailstones he had collected two days earlier that were the size of baseballs. They had done damage to autos.

    • Yeah. I was just going to say, this happens in Denver once every year or two.
      Greetings, fellow 303er.

    • I got hit in Lakewood last year and my car was totaled! I haven’t seen anything similar in the area since ’91 when I was at Southwest plaza and 30% or so of the sky lights were broken.

    • My bad. … I expected the absurdity of the link was self-evidently … sarcastically-tagged. Alas nothing is self evident in today’s upside-down world. Thank you, moderator.

  3. A Sign Of God’s Displeasure!
    Over the weekend the California Democratic Party Illegal Migrants voted to not endorse Dianne Feinstein! Dianne Feinstein worked for years for the Illegal Migrants of the California Democratic Party to have Illegal Jobs and Illegal Federal and Illegal State Benefits for so so long! And now this is how the Illegal Migrants of The California Democratic Party repay her! Boo Hoo.
    Ha hahahahahahahah

  4. Rare snowfall in Rome Italy too.
    Global warming-CO2 hypothesis can do anything.
    aka, climate change… just another failed hypothesis for the garbage heap.

  5. the fact that they predict locally below zero degrees F next night is also global warm… ehm errrr…
    nevermind they will adjust and delete the minus sign as it is the hottest february evah!!!!

  6. We experienced an afternoon hail storm much like this one here in Armidale in northern New South Wales (Australia). It happened in 1976. Armidale is about 3,300 feet above sea level on a wide flat granite tableland. The resulting covering of hail soon morphed into what looked like a blanket of 3-5 inches of snow and it lay on the ground for many hours after the event before starting to melt. I remember people “snow” boarding down the slopes, skidding their cars in the “snow” blanketing the university car-park and students having snow-ball fights all over the place. A couple of buildings were damaged by the melt-water that came from the thick heavy blanket of “snow” that accumulated on building with flat roofs.

  7. A long time ago, when there wasn’t an interweb, I did actually own an watch TV.
    Being a full time peasant this mean’t being an avid watcher weather forecasts, esp in North Cumbria.
    A forecaster at one point just dropped into his spiel that every drop of rain that ever falls on the UK starts its descent as an ice pellet.
    Fair enough, at 55 degrees north Cumbria is closer to the arctic than the equator.
    But then I learn about Lapse Rate and other bits-n-bobs and then, Willis pops up with his Sputnik. The one that looks at clouds. It seems that the warmer it is ‘on the ground’, the higher the clouds are so, just roughly taking Lapse Rate into account, clouds turn into rain at a certain temperature.
    Below freezing.
    Now enter Trenberth and his Global Energy Budget diagram, we all know it and there was a discussion (again) recently especially about how much energy is lofted skyward by evaporating water.
    Based on the rainfall amount (1 metre per year), Trenberth, Me, You & Uncle Tom Cobbly will calculate 80 Watts per square metre.
    So, if that evaporated water is cooled by 40 degree C and gets frozen, that adds nearly 8 watts per sqm to the heat loss through water evaporation & subsequent rainfall.
    Puts the proverbial Coach & Horses through our Kev’s lovely diagram eh not?

  8. Hail to the Chief! Yes, that climate fraudster in the the state Capital that spins science fraud for high speed rail funding fraud and his sex abuse colleagues.

  9. I recall back in the 50’s there was a storm called “Mariah” (NOT “Maria”) that hit California just before Easter. It was a Pacific cyclone, and the center passed over the San Francisco area, but it was so large and powerful that the LA Basin 450 miles south had 3 days of constant rain. In the Sierras around Donner Pass there was a foot of Snow and Hail pellets. Then the rain came, and turned overnight into 3 MORE feet of snow. In the LA area the neighborhood of Walteria (around Highway 1 and Hawthorne Blvd.) flooded for the first time in living memory.

  10. Back in Sept. ’04 we had an extremely localized hail event here in East Sacramento that cut power, pulverized my tomatoes & sunflowers, flooded streets and basements, collapsed the roof of a nearby grocery, and more. What was impressive was its intensity in such a small area. This week’s event was nothing like that, but the accompanying lightning did damage some trees in Land Park/elsewhere–and some funnels were reported (not certain how accurately…). For someone like me who grew up with ever-changing weather in Wisconsin, Monday was a fun and entertaining day!

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