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.

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February 26, 2018 5:38 pm

Pretty much what snow looks like

Rick K
February 26, 2018 5:40 pm

That global warming is weird stuff, man…

J Mac
Reply to  Rick K
February 27, 2018 12:02 pm

It’s A Hard Rains A Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan

Reply to  J Mac
February 27, 2018 2:23 pm

Thanks JMac … you just reminded me to purchase the ONE 45rpm MONO Mobile Fidelity remaster, reissue (pressed at RTI) of this seminal lp that I have not yet bought (I have the rest of Dylan’s catalog of MF reissues).
These 12″ 45rpm reissues are some of the best-sounding vinyl I own. Sweet! I adore … “Girl From the North Country”
And LOOK! Dylan is walking in the snow-covered, hail-covered streets of SoHo … how perfect!

February 26, 2018 6:04 pm

Children won’t know what snowhail looks like.

February 26, 2018 6:13 pm

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

Tom Halla
February 26, 2018 6:18 pm

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

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 26, 2018 6:45 pm

Pea sized. I’ve seen a number of cars struck by large hail, looks like golf ball dimples

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Bryan A
February 26, 2018 7:46 pm

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.

Alan Mcintire
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 27, 2018 7:37 am

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.

Steve Lohr
February 26, 2018 6:24 pm

Kinda looks like a Denver event.

Intelligent Dasein
Reply to  Steve Lohr
February 26, 2018 7:56 pm

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

Reply to  Steve Lohr
February 27, 2018 7:22 am

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.

February 26, 2018 7:48 pm

CA is in the grips of yet ANOTHER (global warming induced) DROUGHT. Start the counting of Drought Years … Drought Monitor. Why … just lOOk at these horrific pictures of our current DROUGHT!!!
When will you DENIERS stop spreading your LIES!!!
[ /sarc tag needed here -mod]

Reply to  kenji
February 27, 2018 7:34 am

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.

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 26, 2018 8:42 pm

Sacramento visited by the Wrath of Gore!

February 26, 2018 9:00 pm

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

Reply to  JBom
February 27, 2018 5:04 am

Feinstein is WAAAYY too White to understand the problems of the Brownies.

Joel O’Bryan
February 26, 2018 11:48 pm

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

February 27, 2018 12:11 am

Here is more cooling. Record setting low temp for the month of February at a location in Hawaii by ! degree C. …

Frederik Michiels
February 27, 2018 12:41 am

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!!!!

Ian Wilson
February 27, 2018 3:46 am

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.

Peta of Newark
February 27, 2018 4:54 am

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?

February 27, 2018 7:28 am

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.

February 27, 2018 3:42 pm

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.

February 28, 2018 8:58 am

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!

Reply to  Theyouk
February 28, 2018 9:33 am

Here’s a write-up on that September 19th 2004 supercell that produced record precipitation here in Sacramento:

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