Holy windshield, Batman!

25 03 2009

C came home from work this evening around 5 or so.  As we sat upstairs talking, we looked out the window and remarked that the sky was getting awfully dark, awfully quickly.  She said that the weather had put Austin under a tornado watch and a hail warning.

It starts raining.  C says “I’m . . . going to move the cars now.  Just in case.”

Not 30 seconds later, I hear the door downstairs slam open.  “Move your car NOW!”

By the time I change pants, get downstairs, find shoes (she had taken mine), get the door open, C is running back up.  She is drenched.  She had already moved her car, moved my car, and taken the time to warn our asshole neighbor that he should maybe move his car as well.

And then we stood outside and watched this appear, in less than 5 minutes:

Our parking lot, being covered in hail.

Our parking lot, being covered in hail.

My parking spot, covered in hail.

My parking spot, covered in hail.

Now the hail's coming down so hard and fast, I can't take a picture through it! Go figure.

Now the hail's coming down so hard and fast, I can't take a picture through it! Go figure.

Our front steps, covered in hail!

Our front steps, covered in hail!

C, holding one of the larger pieces of hail.

C, holding a golfball-sized piece of hail.

So it hailed and hailed, it was awesome and weird and maybe a tiny bit scary.  Maya was terrified—I found her later huddled near a crate in a nest she had made out of some fabric.  Safe and sound and freaked on the ground floor.

As the hail died down, we saw a child from a neighboring apartment streak to play in all the hail on the ground.  At least his mama put a batting helmet on.  Which seems appropriate, as in areas near to us, baseball-sized hail was reported.  Go, little man!

He's rounding third, I think. Heading home?

He's rounding third, I think. Heading home?

Not 20 minutes after all this started, this is what it looks like outside.

Back greenbelt and dog-walking area. Sun is out!

Back greenbelt and dog-walking area. Sun is out!

Front parking lot yet again. Ominous clouds remain in the distance. Ooooh.

Front parking lot yet again. Ominous clouds remain in the distance. Ooooh.

All this to say, I think the weather is what keeps Austin weird (courtesy of C).

Advertisements

Actions

Information

One response

31 03 2009
Nancy

I live, what, 15 minutes from you? Nothing. Not even a raindrop.

Stupid Texas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: