Weather Flashback

January 2023 - The Look of Hail (June 8, 2022)


Shortly after dropping Kes off at school, Meah (Bon) and I noted a greenish hue to the otherwise low, gray overcast. Realizing that heavy precipitation was near via RadarScope, we reasoned that the greenish hue might be a sign of hail with the approaching storm. While it seems reasonable that not all greenish-hued storm clouds are associated with hail (see Bohren and Fraser 1993, Gallagher III, Beasley and Bohren 1996, and Gedzelman 2017, for example), I have never observed hail that was not associated with at least somewhat of a greenish-hued sky in the minutes leading up to it hailing. This June morning was no exception; hail up to at least the size of golf balls having occurred about one-mile to the southwest, as the crow flies, shortly after I captured this scene. This severe thunderstorm continued south and east across southern portions of Norman while we hung back to inspect (more) hailstones, roadside, adjacent to a horse ranch on Norman's westside. 

Plate 1. The Look of Hail. Captured on June 8, 2022 at 8:35am CDT. Looking southwest from 35.247°, -97.514°.


Bohren, Craig F., and Alistair B. Fraser. "Green thunderstorms." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 74, no. 11 (1993): 2185-2194.

Gallagher III, Frank W., William H. Beasley, and Craig F. Bohren. "Green thunderstorms observed." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 77, no. 12 (1996): 2889-2898.

Gedzelman, Stanley David. "Colored thunderstorms." Applied Optics 56, no. 19 (2017): G128-G135.