Many millions of us will experience severe thunderstorms over the coming weeks and months. When one of these intense storms crops up, a number of you will find yourselves driving into a major hailstorm, during which you may feel the urge to park under an overpass to protect your car. Don’t.
A Brazilian Airbus A321-200 operating as TAM airlines flight JJ-3307 had to return to Rio de Janeiro and perform an emergency landing after sustaining substantial damage upon entering an embedded thunderstorm wrought with hail.
After a long period without any severe weather, the atmosphere appears primed for a potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak tomorrow across areas from Kansas to Minnesota. Some areas could see tornadoes, baseball-size hail, and winds in excess of 75 MPH.
A meteorologist on board an American Eagle jet taxiing to the runway in Abilene, Texas yesterday took a video of golf ball size hail pounding the Embraer ERJ-145 for more than seven minutes while they sat on the taxiway. The plane had to turn back to the gate because of the damage.
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Parking your car under a busy highway underpass to protect it from hail is for losers. Real car owners, who really appreciate their vehicles, will sacrifice their own bodies to protect the ones they love.
I do not hail from a state that gets a lot of hail (get it? It's a pun, sort of!), but something about completely crowding underpasses to the point where every last bit of traffic gets jammed up behind you does not seem necessary or safe.
Do you love you car? Do you love it enough to lie on top of its roof in the middle of a hailstrom to keep it protected? This guy does.
"That lawn's ain't gonna mow itself," she says. "But it's hailing God's dandruff out there," he replies. "Never you mind. Get on that tractor and don't come back 'till it's mowed," she says. Thanks to SWAT, there he is.
Texans honor their promises, so when the guys from TeamHall & Nass promised to return the brand new 2011 Camaro SS Convertible to GM in as-good-as-new condition they meant it. Even with a hail storm on the way.
Driving into a severe hailstorm is all fun and games until someone loses an eye, so make sure you "shield your eyes!" if you attempt this on your own.