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#1 StarmanDan

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 07:36 PM

My club's observatory was recently a victim of the frequent severe storms we get here in north central Texas. The carnage is not as bad as it looks. The dome is still operational but will need to be looked over to check for potential leaks.  We estimate the dome suffered from baseball size hail. 

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 07:40 PM

Wow, a few dings in the roof there and plenty of drink holders in the tables! Hail can be very destructive. frown.gif


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Posted 21 April 2021 - 07:47 PM

Wow, it looks like some of the hail went all the way through the tables!



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Posted 21 April 2021 - 07:51 PM

Could you imagine getting caught out in the open during that storm!?  jawdrop.gif


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Posted 21 April 2021 - 08:00 PM

Yikes!



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Posted 21 April 2021 - 08:04 PM

Could you imagine getting caught out in the open during that storm!?  jawdrop.gif

I would say, "crawl under a table"...but it looks like that might not be enough either.


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Posted 21 April 2021 - 08:12 PM

As they say, EVERYTHING is BIGGER in Texas, including the HAIL!!! Glad we never experienced hail like this the years we lived in the Lone Star State!!

 

Anyhow, seriously, it looks like your dome came thru the storm in pretty good shape--one could almost say that it dodged a bullet (of hailstones)....



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Posted 21 April 2021 - 08:24 PM

That is some significant hail damage!



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Posted 21 April 2021 - 09:33 PM

Could you imagine getting caught out in the open during that storm!? jawdrop.gif


Or inside the dome? I bet the sound of the hail hitting the dome would have been deafening.
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Posted 21 April 2021 - 09:55 PM

Or inside the dome? I bet the sound of the hail hitting the dome would have been deafening.

Like a drum solo at a Motorhead concert. tongue2.gif


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Posted 21 April 2021 - 11:30 PM

Well --- that's unfortunate. Something to consider when hoping for the next great Meteor Storm?!    Tom

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:55 AM

Hail yeah!!

 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:19 AM

Good grief!  Getting caught in that could well have been lethal.  Hope the dome is ok and no one hurt.  Gad.......  



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:53 AM

Dayum! That poor thing got hammered.

 

I hope it checks out and there are no leaks.



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 11:45 AM

Now that was some "Texas sized" hail.  The dome is dinged buy probably OK.  Now it has "battle scars".



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 12:17 PM

Wow, a few dings in the roof there and plenty of drink holders in the tables! Hail can be very destructive. frown.gif

This reply for the WIN!   


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Posted 22 April 2021 - 02:54 PM

I would say, "crawl under a table"...but it looks like that might not be enough either.

It probably would have slowed it down enough. Not eager to test the theory.



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 02:58 PM

Hail Mary!
 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 03:02 PM

The June? 1995 Ft. Worth hail storm had baseball stones.  The glass on downtown towers was all smashed.  That day was artfest in Ft. Worth and I recall seeing one guy with a **shredded* umbrella.

 

Hate it for your dome and facility.  

 

Last hurricane over Shreveport bent our dome shutters.  


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Posted 22 April 2021 - 10:50 PM

It is interesting how the hail damage looks better on the outside than the inside. Kind-of adds character... tonofbricks.gif



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Posted 23 April 2021 - 02:11 AM

Hail Mary!
 

Arne

 

In North Central Texas, Hail Mary means Staubach.

 

https://youtu.be/saA95EH05jc

 

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Posted 24 April 2021 - 04:31 PM

I picked up one to show its actual size. Was from a storm back in the summer of 19 over here in far west Texas. Fast moving storm so no damage occurred. Still is kind of scary to consider

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Posted 26 April 2021 - 04:52 PM

The June? 1995 Ft. Worth hail storm had baseball stones.  The glass on downtown towers was all smashed.  That day was artfest in Ft. Worth and I recall seeing one guy with a **shredded* umbrella.

 

Hate it for your dome and facility.  

 

Last hurricane over Shreveport bent our dome shutters.  

I think you are talking about the May Day storm. 

 

https://en.wikipedia...5_Mayfest_Storm

 

Softball size hail broke all the windows on the north side of my grandmother's house in the Riverside area. It also ruined the roof and damaged the garage doors and stripped the trees.  That was one crazy storm.


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Posted 26 April 2021 - 05:05 PM

That's it.  We poured the slab for our home in Valley Ranch that day.  The hail did not make it that far.

 

Lots of rain though.  

 

 

Observing note:  it seemed the planetary views were much more stable in Valley Ranch than the views here in Shreveport.


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Posted 02 May 2021 - 10:26 PM

Call your local paintless dent removal guy!  That dome would keep him busy for a while but I have to say it faired quite well for baseball sized hail.  I am impressed.




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