A strong thunderstorm produced a major hail storm across parts of Alberta, Canada this past weekend (July 6, 2013). The storm hit parts of Airdrie, Alberta and pushed to the east into parts of Irricana, Alberta. This storm produced a significant accumulation of hail in just about 15 minutes, where many spots had at least 3 inches of hail accumulation.
Patrick J posted this video of the hailstorm. Patrick claims that there was nearly 12 inches of hail on the ground in nearly 15 minutes in this video. I doubt that this is entirely true, but we’ll take his word for it!
Here is a time lapse video showing the accumulation of hail in a short period of time.
More hail accumulation near Airdrie, Alberta. Warning: Video contains strong language.
Bottom line: A strong thunderstorm produced a significant amount of hail that covered parts of Airdrie, Alberta on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
When he's not keeping EarthSky's community up-to-date on global weather happenings, meteorologist Matt Daniel is the weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia. He is also a freelance weather producer for CNN. He has contributed to articles to MSN Weather and worked with the National Weather Service. Matt graduated from The University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences and Music Business. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.