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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Hail and snow in San Jose!

Kinda cool... yesterday afternoon we had a very heavy hailstorm. Hail came down about that was about 1/8 to 1/4" in diameter. Here's a photo of our back porch:


Needless to say, this is not typical weather for "sunny" Northern California.

On top of that, when we awoke this morning, we saw that a number of the nearby mountains had snow covering. It was especially "heavy" (relatively speaking) on top of Mt. Hamilton, home to the Lick Observatory. So we tried to drive up there, but alas, they'd closed the road up the mountain to prevent a massive traffic jam of other snow-lookers. The best we could do was get this photo of the observatory from the closure point about 11 miles from the top (by road):



Very pretty sight, especially for those of us who don't get to see snow-capped mountains in their locality often.