Space City was pelted with pea-sized hail Monday morning, as a cluster of storms drifted across the region in the heart of rush hour traffic.
Thanks to the human being's ability to drive and operate a smartphone at the same time — which, for the record, CultureMap does not condone — commuters tweeted hail locations from southwest Houston to areas north of downtown.
And the Lord said, 'Should the Pope ever abdicate, I will send 7 Plagues to Houston, the first of which, shall be hail.'" — @KyleJack
According to meteorologist Chris McKinney from the National Weather Service, hail was first reported at 8:25 a.m. around Beltway 8 and Gessner. Hail incidents continued for the next half hour, from Bellaire to West University Place to Memorial to around downtown.
"We mostly heard reports of pea- to dime-sized ice. Luckily, it wasn't large enough to create problems."
"We mostly heard reports of pea- to dime-sized ice," McKinney tells CultureMap.
"Luckily, it wasn't large enough to create problems. You need the hail to be at least the size of a nickel to cause damage. Quarter-sized hail almost certainly can cause dents."
While the strongest storm cells have passed, McKinney says the newly-arrived cold front and continuing rain storms still could produce minor amounts of hail in the area throughout Monday.
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