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For the hail of it

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And then the sun came out.

There's a good chance you got hail late Wednesday afternoon as a band of strong thunderstorms rolled through (well, over) the Capital Region.

In uptown Albany we saw some hail that was almost the diameter of a quarter -- though most of it was dime sized. A handful of pics after the jump.

You know, just for the hail of it.

There's a really big pic above, too -- scroll up.

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And the radar picture shortly after the storm:

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Along with the hail, a big drop in temperature. The temp dropped from 92 before the storm to 78 after it.

Update: One thunderstorm wasn't enough. Another band rolled through, dark and heavy with crazy lightning. That gave way to a beautiful sight -- the sunset emerging from behind the thunderstorm. And then, rainbows...

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That one's from the parking lot at Crossgates.

The forecast for Thursday: sunny and 90, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

radar image: National Weather Service


As soon as the rain and hail stopped it looked like the roads were smoking from the water evaporating so quickly!

The hail photos are beautiful. The little balls of ice look way less threatening once they're on the ground too!

The lightning from the 2nd storm was amazing. It lasted overhead (@ corporate circle, off New Karner) for 40 minutes after the storm!

The hail storm was amazing. We happened to be out in our carriage house garage when it hit, so we closed to door. The sound of hail pelting our aluminum garage door was indeed ominous. Afterwards, our son went out with a plastic bucket and gathered a good pile of hail, thus shifting his outright fear (1st hailstorm for an almost 4 year old!) to that of a state of total amazement and curiosity.

I was visiting a friend's in Rensselaer. The view over the river looking back at the Albany skyline with all this lightening arcing over an orange sky with a sunset in the distance was surreal. I missed my exit for 787 south, had to circle under the plaza and head back toward the passing storms for a minute (kinda worth it). I don't mind getting lost in the sky sometimes!

Also: Awesome photo above with the bug and the hail!

Bunch of romantics, you are :)

I spent the storms glaring out my breezeway window, threatening hail stones to just TRY and damage my car.

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