|Accumulating hail, the day after the storm. Horsebarn Hill, Storrs, Ct, June 28, 2017.|
Things have been just a tiny bit apocalyptic here in northeastern Connecticut this summer. Last Tuesday there were some impressive thunderstorms around in the evening, and even a bit of hail on and off for about 10 minutes at my house. The hail was pea-sized, and it all melted about as quickly as it fell, which is pretty typical for this part of the country, where even that level of thunderstorm severity is uncommon. The next morning, though, I discovered that the storm hit much harder around the UConn campus.
|The biggest hailstone I could find, about 2 cm in diameter. The top half has melted off, so the internal layering is visible.|
|Yellow Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia flava) outdoors at the UConn greenhouses were moderately shredded.|
|Gypsy Moth-defoliated trees in Gurleyville, Mansfield, Ct, June 2017.|
|Hundreds of Gypsy Moth caterpillars on a Pin Oak in Woodstock, Ct. Most have been killed by disease.|