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Old 05-07-2008, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hail

Taking pea sized hail as I type, its like being in a popcorn popper

* AT 340 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE TO 6 MILES SOUTH OF CACHE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. HAIL LARGER THAN HALF DOLLARS AND WINDS OF 60 MPH ARE LIKELY.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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OUCH! A Streamers worst fear

Hope all turns out well Gen.

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This is the worst part of full timing. Waves of T-storms and hail stacked up. The hail has stopped for now but it looks like another is behind it. During the first the sirens went off, thats a gut level noise for you when you live in one of these rigs. I don't believe any damage was done by the hail so far.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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After a few hailstorms in my 67, I know exactly what that sounds like. Glad everything's ok.
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Sounds like a bad day to be an awning.

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Old 05-07-2008, 06:58 PM   #6
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Time to get very friendly with your neighborhod pull-thru car wash!
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:02 PM   #7
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Hail the size of baseballs in Roswell a couple of days ago.
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That's the pleasure of being on the Plains. Green skies, air raid sirens and looking out for cover.

I used to cover my old car with blankets, sleeping bags, what-have-you, and bale it all with twine. Worked more than once. Goodwill might have some stuff that works cheap. Doesn't take much thickness to cushion the problem.

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Looks like a dogged the bullet, the forecast has been downgraded. If nothing changes, I will be out of here before the next patch of ugly.
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Rodney - Such a scary feeling - laying there in bed listening to the hail striking your trailer, and knowing there is NOTHING you can do but hope. I had this sad experience one evening in San Antonio, TX. Thankfully, the next morning showed no real damage and the small'ish ping dents did eventually pop back out. But still . . . .
Hopefully your trailer didn't experience any damage.
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Severe weather in the midwest and through GA, KY, etc is why I have been hesiant to travel those areas and instead,stay in the western states.
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Portable bomb shelter

Maybe someone has an idea for a portable Airstream bomb shelter when the sirens go off?
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Went through same

We got the tag ends of the same storm a couple of days ago. Surrounding communities got some tornados. Weather is still lousy, but better than 2 nights ago when I spent one whole evening listening to "hail the size of a quarter" or "nickel" all around me.

Luckily it missed our neighborhood. Whew. Nervous ain't it?

If you're already hitched finding an underpass or drive through car wash is still chancy without a lot of advance warning.

I've got a client who has a business that does a lot of advertising special products - mainly air pumped beer cans, pizzas, cars and gorillas that people put on the roofs of restaurants, etc. He also has air filled jumping gyms for kids to play in. I'm going to ask him if an inflatable quonsot hut is a possibility and if so, how much would it cost? (Probably it's prohibitive, plus you need a bigass squirrel cage fan to inflate one.) I'm almost sure it could be done, the fabric is normally nylon ripstop with zero airflow allowed. They inflate very fast too. Of course the trouble is that in a high wind, you'd have to stake this down HARD. Still wouldn't be perfect but would give you a fighting chance to protect your A/S. OH, BTW it might be a SUPER awning too - I envision open ends and one or two adjustable slits on the side. So you need someplace dry to do a frame off restoration?

Of course two or three of those cheap yard canopies with the poles stuck in buckets of rocks or extended by PVC pipes and you might get a "one time" shelter for a short to medium length storm.

One of those hellish Texas storms where the hail lasts 45 minutes is going to do anything in regardless of protection. I wouldn't count on the canopy over the gas pumps to survive one of those.

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Of course two or three of those cheap yard canopies with the poles stuck in buckets of rocks or extended by PVC pipes and you might get a "one time" shelter for a short to medium length storm.


........Paula, that's exactly what I use to protect mine. So far, the hail has bounced off and it holds well in the wind.
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