Gary Clayton was filming as supercell thunderstorms moved through Dublin Wednesday, watching as massive hailstones pelted his backyard swimming pool. The storm turned what's usually an inviting oasis on a hot Texas day into a churning cauldron amid the icy assault from the heavens.
Moments later, a large cow runs by just beyond his backyard fence, no doubt hoping to find any cover from the deluge as hailstones that size can fall at speeds around 44-72 mph. The cow was successful in finding shelter and was not injured.
Storm spotters reported hail the size of tennis balls to baseballs (2.5 to 3 inches in diameter) in the Dublin area as the storm went through, one of the dozens of large hail reports as storms swept Texas and the Gulf Coast Wednesday.