Friday, July 14, 2006
Hail hits Carlisle
Carlisle was hit with severe thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 11. In a one-two punch, the first storm, sliding in from the west, arrived around 1 p.m. The second, much worse storm, arrived around 3 p.m., just as children were leaving the area's summer camp. Both storms contained vivid lightning and torrential downpours.
Storm "watches" had been posted for most of Massachusetts by the National Weather Service Forecast Office, forecasters predicting unstable air masses which can bring "pop-up" storms as the sun heats the humid air. By 1 p.m. a storm "warning" was issued, meaning the storms were imminent and dangerous. The first storm brought temporary power outages to isolated spots, and heavy rain with frequent lightning. Around 3 p.m. the stronger storm brought gale-force winds gusting to over 30 m.p.h. with constant lightning and quarter-size hail. Carlisle Police were kept busy checking false house-alarm activations, triggered by the lightning-related power surges, reported the Dispatcher. Parents picking up their children at the Carlisle Recreation SummerFun at the Carlisle School were pelted with hail as they ran for their cars. After the storm subsided the Department of Public Works temporarily closed Cross Street to remove a fallen tree. More storms are predicted in the coming days.
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