Hailstones Bigger than Golf-balls!
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?
Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail?” (JOB 38:22)
Yesterday, about 8 p.m. (local time), serious storm systems traveled across Denton County, Texas. Rain, thunder, lightning, and hail — big hail! As the photograph above shows, some of these large hailstones were larger than golf-balls, more like the size of small limes. Many of the hailstones were the size of golf-balls, even shaped like them, round and bumpy.
And the largest hailstones were not round, they were more like egg-shaped, with rounded ridges that radiated from a central button. Thankfully, it looks (so far) as if our house and cars were spared serious damage, with one car having a small (yet easily noticeable) “ding” from a hail-hit. (After the next few rainstorms we will have a better idea how our roof fared.) The news reported that a tornado was sighted by the Justin Fire Department — and the town of Justin is uncomfortably close to where we live.
So we are thankful that our damage (so far as we now know) was negligible.
Yet we are also thankful to have seen these frozen wonders — and I stored several in the freezer, to stay there until I think of something to do with them. But meanwhile, it is worth reflecting on how the storm/updraft-facilitated formation of hail is itself a meteorological marvel. What a strange and beautiful marvel — another display of God’s creative imagination and power over earthly elements (that He Himself created).
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word! (PSALM 148:8)
Hailstone Size Estimate Chart: NOAA / National Weather Service (provided by Don Barber)
Photographs of hailstones from my home’s front yard: Sherry Johnson