Pea-sized hail fell in and around Geneva this morning, looking more like several inches of lake-effect snow.
While residents were surprised to see it, a hail storm like this one is pretty common, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kat Hawley.
“It’s definitely nothing out of the ordinary,” Hawley said. “It’s just a small thunderstorm.”
Hawley said the fact that the hail fell in the morning rather than the afternoon could have caught people off guard. But that also meant that air temperatures were a little cooler, which allowed the hail to accumulate rather than melt away quickly.
“Most of the time that hail would melt,” she said. “It’s just kind of cool enough where the hail managed to stay as ice.”
(The largest hailstone ever recorded was 7 inches in diameter and weighed just under one pound. It fell in Nebraska on June 23, 2003.)
The atmosphere in the Finger Lakes this morning was just right for hail, Hawley said, with colder, dry air high in the atmosphere and drafts of air pushing the water up and down.
“We just happened to have all the right ingredients,” she said.
An aeroplane has crash-landed at RNAS Culdrose in front of thousands of spectators.
The Royal Navy Sea Fury appeared to suffer a mechanical problem as it came in to land at the base’s annual Air Day event this afternoon.
It was the day’s penultimate flight.
Sam Whitfield, who works for The Herald, said: “The sea fury had problems prior to starting up and had to be fixed.
“Once approved it took off and displayed half way through encountering a hydraulic leak and engine failure which prevented the landing gear to attract open for an emergency landing.
“On landing the pilot did his best to keep it level but the right gear gave way and ended up with the historic sea fury hitting the deck.
“The pilot is safe and out of the aircraft. Fire engines were on the scene straight away.”
Witness Jim Hogan, 66, from Darwin in Lancashire, said: “Apparently the plane radioed in the problem. It was coming down to land and the right-hand landing leg was seen to not come out in time.
“When he landed it ended up veering across the runway and came to a stop on the opposite side of the runway.
“It seemed the leg did eventually come out, but too late.
“The pilot put up a red flare and the emergency services were there in a split second.”
An expert on the scene, Peter Reoch, Cosford Air Show air operations assistant, posted on Twitter: “RNHF Sea Fury T20 has completed a forced landing. Pilot OK. Runway currently blocked with aircraft resting on the fuselage.”
RNAS Culdrose tweeted: “Everyone do not panic. The main thing is the pilot is okay and fire engines are on scene.”
The Helston base’s communications office Pete Wooldridge confirmed that the pilot was okay and that the aircraft had come down on the opposite side of the runway from the audience.
He said the historic plane was one of the last displays scheduled for the event, but that all further flights have been suspended.
“The pilot is fine, he leapt out as soon as the plane came to a halt and he is walking around,” he said.
“There is no fire and no one has been hurt. But scheduled events have currently been suspended.”
Four more tornadoes have been confirmed in Ontario, bringing the total to 12 this season, according to Environment Canada.
According to the agency, the first tornado touched down Monday, July 7 near the Norwich area to the south of Woodstock at around 4:00 p.m. EDT.
“Photographic evidence was provided to Environment Canada indicating that one of these storms produced a brief tornado [in the area],” said EC in weather summary issued Thursday afternoon. “There was no evidence of damage from this tornado and so it has been rated as an EF0 event with winds of at least 90 km/h.”
“Based on photographic evidence, the first cell generated a waterspout over eastern Lake Nipissing,” said EC.
EC includes waterspouts which form over smaller bodies of water in their tornado database. However, any waterspouts that develop over the Great Lakes are not included in EC’s database unless they come onshore.
The second tornado confirmed to have touched down on July 15 was an EF0, just to the south of North Bay Airport.
“Neither event produced any notable impacts and so both have been rated as EF0 events with winds of at least 90 km/h.”
Lastly, the forth tornado of the month occurred on Sunday, July 27, near the community of Millbank (about 30 km northwest of Kitchener), where a number of weather spotters reported a funnel cloud.
No damage was reported in the area after the sighting and so it has been rated an EF0, with winds of at least 90 km/h, concluded EC.
This now brings the total count of tornadoes in Ontario this year to 12. Ontario normally confirms 12 tornadoes each year in a season, which runs from late April until early October.