You should have heard it crashing onto our metal roof. Thankfully there was no damage. I still don't understand why in the world the horses didn't get in their shelters. They just stood out in it! They seem to ride out the storm fine although I'm sure they have some bruises.
This hail was extreme but here in Oklahoma, we have weather extremes of all kinds. However we are blessed with some of the best meteorology centers in the nation and the news stations here do an amazing job. When severe storms or tornadoes roll in, they have storm chasers and helicopters out monitoring. They can tell everyone where it is, what direction and speed it is going, and where it will hit even down to the block. For example, while listening to storm coverage you might hear something like, "The tornado is crossing the intersection of Rockwell and 63rd Street going NW at 30 mph. It will hit MacArthur at 7:16." Living in the center of tornado alley, we need that kind of warning.
It's so sad that some states don't have those kind of systems. The loss of lives is terrible when there is no or insufficient warning. We grieve with the families of Joplin, Mo. It's just devistating.
Today is predicted to be a major storm day. The conditions are right and the chasers are out. We are ready with bottled water and snacks in the storm cellar. If one comes our way, we will be safe there.