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Hailstorm in The ’Hood Startles Residents

The hills toward Eagle Rock’s deep south get a half-hour blitz of intermittent hail Sunday.

A hailstorm struck parts of Eagle Rock Sunday evening—to the surprise and delight of Patch reader Jason Pritchett, who grabbed his camera and ran out on the patio of his Upperton Avenue residence to snap these photos.

Pritchett lives at the very top of Upperton, just before the street curves around a hill into a one-lane road that empties out onto Buena Vista Terrace and Nolden Road. (See the attached Google map.)

The hailstorm began just after 5 p.m. and wasn't as sporadic as another spell of hail that hit the neighborhood Friday. In fact, Sunday's storm, which left a snow-like blanket on streets and the tops of cars, lasted off and on for a good half-hour or so, Pritchett tells Patch. “There was a pause for a few minutes, and then it returned even harder for a few more minutes,” he says.

jayres November 07, 2011 at 03:21 PM
The Thunderstorm was pretty intense on Sunday around 5PM. It got so loud I thought the sky opened up, but when I looked outside I realized the noise was hail. For about 10 straight minutes it hailed and rain water raced down the streets into the sewers. I live just north of Yosemite between Fig and Townsend. Being from the midwest, this wasn't all that uncommon for me. My wife on the otherhand, living in the Philippines and LA her entire life thought it might be best that she didn't go into work. I just laughed and when the time came she was off to work.
Alberto November 07, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Loved it!
Maggie Freed November 07, 2011 at 05:30 PM
It was quite a sight! The amazing thing was that an hour later it was gone except for the piles of ice on a sling chair and some left in the garden.
Ajay Singh (Editor) November 07, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Just like in the movies, I take it, Maggie.
JMoe November 08, 2011 at 05:33 AM
Di d the hail dent cars, awnings, break any windows or damge any roofs?
Ajay Singh (Editor) November 08, 2011 at 04:26 PM
JMoe: The hail, to quote Patch reader Jason Pritchett, on whose patio it fell, wasn't larger than an inch in diameter—evidently the size likely to cause damage and therefore reported by the Weather Service. It's Jason's guess that the hail was roughly the size of a pea. He did not see any damage to cars or roofs, although, he tells Patch, "the collective weight of the hail and rainwater did cause a sunshade that was attached to my roof to snap loose" but it caused no damage and was easy enough to re-attach.

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