It's been so grotesquely muggy lately that Mother Nature decided to mix things up with a hailstorm!
Temperatures have been hotter than usual this July, with a heat advisory in effect Monday and today. But this afternoon, a cold front moved in to make things interesting for New Yorkers.
[2:40pm Tuesday] - Showers and thunderstorms are moving through NYC now. Torrential rainfall, frequent lightning, and winds in excess of 30 mph are possible. pic.twitter.com/FpSv19EdPG
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) July 17, 2018
NYC weather said fuck cass and her good Bowery umbrella ! pic.twitter.com/W4MGGBPDUm
— cass ◟̽◞̽ (@NamelessCass) July 17, 2018
Some people weren't even BOTHERING with umbrellas:
Some content for NYC weather twitter, Midtown dept. pic.twitter.com/4dpcpNGaaG
— conrad doucette (@conrad) July 17, 2018
Are people out there truly contemplating taking a one-block Uber trip?
$20 Uber to go one block cause of the rain ☔️ 😂 pic.twitter.com/YOEBOH4Bdh
— I Travel and I Read (@PrezLife) July 17, 2018
New Yorkers seem to experience weather anew every time something dramatic happens. Or maybe people who work in media are just more interested than most, because it gives them a reason to look up from their computers or phones:
Every time a thunderstorm happens in New York the entire newsroom flocks to the window like they’ve never seen rain before. pic.twitter.com/CYraqL00a5
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) July 17, 2018
Hail during the summer is not unusual. Accuweather explained, "Hail storms form in cumulonimbus clouds, giant clouds that often cause storms. Cumulonimbus clouds are often present in summer storms. As these clouds rise high into the colder parts of the atmosphere, the water vapor inside them turns to ice crystals."
Further, the updrafts in the cloud may be so strong that the crystals stay in the cloud and get "carried back upwards again, allowing yet more water droplets to freeze onto the now-forming hailstone. A hailstone can go up and down within a cloud a number of times, steadily growing in size. Eventually, the mass of the hailstone will become so large that the cloud can no longer support it, and it falls down to the earth," according to Weatherbug.
This thunderstorm was perfect, because the subways needed a shower:
On the other hand, the rain has made it difficult for people to actually exit the subway—this woman took her shoes off to wade through the subway river:
— IlyaVaykusZarembsky (@wly_cdgr) July 17, 2018
And what an adorable baby!
Anyway, back to work, everyone:
This apocalyptic hail storm feels a bit on the nose
— Tobin Low (@tobinlow) July 17, 2018