Wow. I've never seen anything like the amount of hail that fell on my neighborhood late this afternoon. I'm sure it didn't set any meteorological records or anything, but there were spots in my yard that had a solid 2" of hail when I stepped outside after the storm. Below the eaves of my house, it piled up to twice that much in some areas. It was mostly 1/2" to 1" in size and I think I avoided any serious damage, but the entire neighborhood is littered with leaves and branches that were broken off of trees. Some storm drains were clogged with leaves and hail and that led to a bit of minor street flooding, but nothing serious except to owners of really low-slung cars.
(Photo credit: Steven Christenson)
I've lived in my house for almost 18 years and all of the hail I have seen in that time combined doesn't come even close to what landed today. It probably lasted for only 5 minutes, but it seemed much longer with all of the clatter and my anxiety about how much of a beating the vehicles were taking. It just went on and on. The trucks seem ok though, and tomorrow I'll take a look at the house roof and see how that fared. It's probably just fine since it was more of a volume thing as opposed to truly big hail.
As I post this, it's been five hours since the hail fell and I just let Sammy outside. There's still a good inch of hail on my patio.