While most of Northern California sat through incessant heat reaching triple digits on Tuesday, Kirkwood, California near Lake Tahoe received a thunderstorm that brought balls of hail reaching 2 inches in diameter.
Around noon on Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm warning for the area of the Sierra just southwest of Lake Tahoe.
Then around 3 pm, the hail started falling on the area, bringing massive balls of hail reaching 2 inches in diameter. Residents of the area took to social media to show just how big the hail got during the storm:
@NWSSacramento Hey guys, this was taken around 3:30 PM in Kirkwood by one of our neighbors at The Meadows condos. About 1" diameter. He said you guys could share the photo if you would like with credit to John Prescott. pic.twitter.com/4Kfi4Xo3zs— Dan K (@drkoz23) June 23, 2020
@NWSSacramento Last one for you guys, promise. Also at The Meadows Condos in Kirkwood, just past 3 PM. Taken by Colin Haubrich, and he estimates 2" diameter of this hailstone. pic.twitter.com/ndQlH1aqd8— Dan K (@drkoz23) June 24, 2020
What a weird thunderstorm to hit NorCal in the middle of a heatwave! Luckily, no significant damage or injuries were reported during the storm.