A few weeks back, it was a tornado. Now, Brooklyn and other parts of the city can add intense hailstorm to their collective meteorological memory bank.
The storm that blew through Monday night pelted parts of Brooklyn with enough ice pellets to leave an accumulation that could easily be mistaken for a slushy January snow bank. The storm also denuded countless tree branches whose leaves had not yet attained their autumnal hues. The photo above was taken at Flatbush Avenue next to the Atlantic Yards construction site, several hours after the storm. A few more photos here and here.
The New York Times reports that in the past quarter century, Brooklyn has seen hail only five times prior to Monday night, making this storm unusual indeed.
Tornado? Check. Hailstorm? Check. What's next? A Halloween blizzard?