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La grêle (hail)

Two days ago, we had a huge storm. It had threatened to rain all day. Around dinner time the hail started without much warning. Luckily, I had taken down my laundry from the lines outside only an hour before.

We found out the next day that six cows were killed by lightning in a neighboring village.

Cows are left outside to eat, sleep and do whatever cows like to do in the ‘wild’. However, storms like the other day make it a little dangerous to be so free.

Below are some photos I took of the hail.

Storm
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The hail on our bedroom window sill. I still need to clean the window sill from winter. So, ignore the dirt…

Storm
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The hail resembled snow on the ground. Look at the garden! It is full of water.

Storm
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Here is a photo from the kitchen window.

I believe the dots are hail while the small white streaks in the photos are rain.

The weather has been rainy here in the Jura. I haven’t been able to get out to much with the kids. We don’t want to go far for fear of getting stuck in the forest in a storm. I do not want to end up like one of those six cows!

Last summer (rained a month straight) and this past winter (snow – Swiss style) prepared me for this rainy season.

We have perfected indoor play.

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  • Betty C. June 11, 2008, 11:09 am

    Those are fabulous photos, although a big hailstorm is not that great. We had both of our cars beat up by one once.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog! I’m sorry I don’t keep up enough with all of the great blogs like yours but I have tried to calm down the Internet time a little — there’s so much else to do in life.

    Take care! I hope I’ll have more time to blogsurf this summer in the USA…

  • expatraveler June 11, 2008, 4:32 pm

    I adore your photos as well. Absolutely love them, makes me smile too! :)

    As for the rain, I remember June to be the worst month for the rain and cold. I always would get stuck riding my bike in the middle of a 2 or 3 hr downpour. It’s usually fun to watch the storms in the summer though. It’s been 9C here this week… Feels more like November.

  • Pumpkin June 13, 2008, 6:46 pm

    Betty C.,
    Thank you. I understand how it is hard to get around to everyone. I, too, made a decision to limit my blog reads and don’t comment often because of the time it takes to follow up.

    Expatraveler,
    I think June was the worst last year for rain as well. It rains at least a little almost every day but it is still so beautiful that I don’t mind…too much. :)

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