Freak hailstorm hits Siberia (amazing video)

A freakishly strong hailstorm hit Russia recently (Novosibirsk, to be exact), and someone caught it on video.

The video starts off all fun and games, then people realize how dangerous it really is. Here are people running out of the water laughing.


After about half a minute they’re not laughing any more.


I was caught in a rather large hailstorm in DC once. I couldn’t believe how much the hail hurt. I mean, it HURT. BADLY. I had to put my dry cleaning over my head and run for cover. I’d never experienced hail this large before, never fully appreciated how damaging larger sized hail really is.

It’s a pretty amazing video.

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  7. hoplite_i says:

    Is that what they call those? Sqare-cut? Looks like a glorified Speedo to me.

    Anyway, board shorts have been the way to go since they were invented. I wear them everywhere, especially the beach. Big, baggy, board shorts. And If I wore those square cutty things surfing, well, let’s just say they DEFINITELY are not appropriate for surfing. Not in any way, shape or form. I can’t even imagine.

    Now, if you’re out to show off your body and and your package in the most extreme way, or you want it all in your face, fair enough. My wife is right there with you IF, IF, IF, you really have it going on. And I mean REALLY have it going on. Not just kind of have it going on, but hitting on all cylinders. You need to have the body, the package, AND the ass. You need to nail to trifecta otherwise don’t even being to think you should go there. None of the people I saw in that video should be wearing the sqare cuts. In fact, very few people have that kind of talent.

    Personally, I have the body and the packable, but not the ass, so I will see you in my lifeguard red board shorts that go all the way to my knees. :-)

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    A warning shot?

  10. bpollen says:

    Years ago in southern Wisconsin, I saw this solid grey wall moving across the fields toward my house and there was a rumbling noise getting louder and louder. When it was within maybe a quarter-mile, you could start making out hailstones in the front of this wall of grey. Needless to say, I decided that inside would be a better place to weather (heh) it out. It took out all but one window on that side of the house, one of the side windows, killed the neighbors dog, and did over $1 million dollars in damage to the cars of the local car-lot (a town of maybe 900 people, so it wasn’t a big lot…) Hailstones between baseball and softball sizes. Yeah, I have a healthy respect for hail.

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  13. cokey says:

    mild version of being stoned to death

  14. olandp says:

    Obviously this is just God’s anger for Russia approving gay marriage.

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  15. Thom Allen says:

    This is what happens from all of those chem trails.
    God answered Rick Perry’s prayers to end the Texas drought. But he was off by a few thousand miles.

    It’s good to know that some Russians are just as dumb as some Americans.
    1. Make sure that you get the video first, even if people are being injured all around you. Then upload to You Tube, praying that it goes viral.
    2. When large, frozen rocks are hitting you, take shelter under a towel.

  16. GeorgeMokray says:

    There’s a scene at the beginning of the climate change movie, “The Day After Tomorrow,” with a killer hailstorm in Tokyo. Not too far different from this.

  17. Cletus says:

    Now we know why their beach umbrellas are made of metal.

  18. BeccaM says:

    Apparently you haven’t seen the rivers near Pittsburgh… ;-)

  19. BeccaM says:

    Running is good. And yes, I’ve been caught in a couple hailstorms and know exactly what you mean about it hurting like hell once the hail gets larger than a pea. A chunk of ice falling at terminal velocity will do that; worse, a storm of ice pebbles or rocks…

  20. hoplite_i says:

    Crazy. Not only are they getting pelted by rocks from the sky but they have to endure that dreary river bank they’re using for a beach. Is it just me or does that beach (pre-hail) look exactly like what one might expect a post Soviet industrial nightmare of a beach to look like? You couldn’t draw it up any better than that. The hulking factories in the haze across the river. The bridge. The “sand”. Maybe it was just the wind making it all look like that but… I kind of feel bad for those people.

    And for God sakes, send those poor guys some board shorts.

  21. Dave of the Jungle says:

    I was once nearly stoned to death by hail and hadn’t uttered the name of our Lord, or anything.

  22. Yeah, I never understood how it did that to cars, until I was in that one storm – I cannot tell you explain well enough how much it hurt when the hail hit your head. It was as if someone were throwing rocks at your head. I was amazed (and running in fear) :)

  23. BeccaM says:

    We get hail like that occasionally here in New Mexico. In fact, my mother-in-law’s car was totaled by a bad storm back about 12 years ago. And the house we own now has a new metal roof because the previous shingle one was damaged in another storm about six years back.

    The thing about a hailstorm is you never know if the hail is suddenly going to go from charming but merely stinging pea sized to potentially lethal golf-ball sized. Getting into shelter is always a wise move.

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