The hail came hard and fast. Impacting like white meteors, creating a surface of icy marbles. Some pieces, as big as golf balls. Rain, pouring down in sheets. A storm heralding the arrival of a second season of severe weather.
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"This time of year when you have the frontal system dying out, we've got a little tropical moisture and that's going to generate these thunderstorms," said NewsChannel 11 Chief Meteorologist John Robison.
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Out on the front lines, Ken Perkins and his father were storm chasing. "Too much cold air," he complained. Diehard chasers, they were disappointed by a non-eventful summer. "This season was pretty poor, today was pretty poor, yesterday up around Tulia was better," said Perkins.
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Two major storms within just as many days. Even so, experts say it's too soon to say it's an indication of more to come. "We may go back into a dry period next week with high pressure and no moisture, so it's really not a good indicator right now. Just some welcome rain, unwelcome hail," said Robison.