I was woken up just after 6am this morning to the sound of someone pelting my building with rocks. Once I came to, I realized it was large hail. It started out as very large, almost golf ball size hail, that was infrequent, but really loud, and as the storm grew nearer, it turned over to smaller quarter sized hail that came down hard and fast for a few minutes. It ripped the leaves off of many of the trees. It briefly turned over to rain before finally moving away.
Looking at the radar image, I live in the south part of town, in the smaller whitish radar area. Most of the white and purple went over downtown, McMillan Mesa, the Hospital, and buffalo park area.
Hail just before sunrise is weird, to say the least. This pattern may mimic monsoon season, but it is no where near monsoon season when you look at it. Severe lightning at 11pm, hail at dawn, this low is providing too much weird instability and energy for the typical weak monsoon storms we normally get in the Flagstaff area. What next, tornadoes like we had last October?
Nothing more enjoyable than a good hike out of town.