We had our time to make fun of the rest of the country, but Newport Beach is now experiencing some chilly weather of its own. In fact, we have been getting hail today across the coastline. Hail reports have been coming in from as far as 56th and Seashore all the way down to Balboa Peninsula near Bay Island.
Hail is caused by heavy winds cycling rain upwards in cold weather. As the rain moves up and down, it solidifies until it becomes too heavy for the winds to carry, and falls to earth. Today’s ground-level temperature was 52 degrees when the hail was falling. The world’s largest hailstones have measured nearly 5 inches in diameter, but the ones hitting today in Newport are only a fraction of that size.
The last time this reporter saw hail in Newport was about 10 years ago, although the historic record may show differently. Did you get hail in your area? Have you seen it here before?
Here are some of the photos at a larger resolution (click to enlarge):