The Wrath of Mother Nature. The Hailstorms of 2015 and 1934, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Photo of Roosevelt Bridge, 1934 hailstorm, by Francis Carlberg King. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Thurlow's book, Stuart on the St Lucie.
Photo of Roosevelt Bridge, 1934, after a  hailstorm. Photo by Francis Carlberg King. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Thurlow’s book, Stuart on the St Lucie.
Limb of tree. One of many that came down in the storm. (Photo JTL)
Limb of tree. One of many that came down in the storm. (Photo JTL)

I love the power of Mother Nature. I appreciate when she reminds me of “who is in control.”

Yesterday, around 6:20 PM as the sky filled with dark clouds, and the rain started to fall, I was driving east on Monterey Road.  Every now and then I’d hear a loud “whack.”  I kept wondering why rocks were hitting my windshield. “This is odd,” I thought, “A construction truck must have gone by….”

The rain pelted down, and the skies darkened. Then suddenly, those “rocks” started pouring out of the sky, pinging loudly off the hood of my car in every direction. Finally, it dawned on me: “Hail!”

Photo of hail by Caroline Lawless, 4-18-15, in front of Team Fit in Cedar Point Plaza, Stuart.
Photo of hail by Caroline Lawless, 4-27-15, in front of Team Fit in Cedar Point Plaza, Stuart.
Photo of Storm by Caroline Lawless, Cedar Point Plaza.
Photo of Storm by Caroline Lawless, Cedar Point Plaza.

Unable to see, and overcome by sound, I pulled my car over into a parking lot sheltered by tall trees. Adrenaline pumping,  I sat there, frozen in my car, like a hiding animal waiting for the storm to pass….

With the rhythmic sound of the windshield wipers and the raging storm, I thought about stories of the old timers….

In my mother’s book “Stuart on the St Lucie,” she writes about the great hail storm of 1934 along the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.

“Mother Nature initiated the new Roosevelt Bridge with an unusual occurrence that is still remembered by all who experience it. On February 10th, 1934 a hailstorm covered Stuart with ice, creating street scenes that looked like “someplace up North.”

So even though yesterday was intense, as far as hail is concerned, there was probably more in 1934. Mind you it was February….With my yard a mess, huge limbs down, no power, and wondering if my car is dented….I remain grateful for Mother Nature and her moods. Sometimes I feel that way too.

Photo of Roosevelt Bridge, 1934 hailstorm, by Francis Carlberg King. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Thurlow's book, Stuart on the St Lucie.
Photo of Roosevelt Bridge, Stuart, Florida, 1934 hailstorm–by Francis Carlberg King. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Thurlow’s book, Stuart on the St Lucie.
Photo of hail by Becky Engebretsen taken at Stuart Convalescent  Center, Stuart.
Photo of hail by Becky Engebretsen taken at Stuart Convalescent Center, Stuart.4-27-15.
Hail photo by Becky Engebretsen from Stuart Convalescent Center, Stuart.
Hail photo by Becky Engebretsen from Stuart Convalescent Center, Stuart. 4-27-15.

*Thank you to Becky Engebretsen for sharing her photos taken at the Stuart Convalescent Center in Stuart, 1500 Palm Beach Road, and Caroline Lawless, co-owner of  TEAM FIT in Cedar Point Plaza,  just west over the bridge from Sewall’s Point.

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To learn about hail: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail)

6 thoughts on “The Wrath of Mother Nature. The Hailstorms of 2015 and 1934, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

  1. Mother Nature is awesome. Can remember a few years back getting in my car and chasing the storms and being at Bathtub during heavy surf and lightning in the distance. Very exciting and somewhat dangerous.

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  2. Don’t forget the snow storm in 1977. I think there are pictures of it hung in our court house, although I haven’t been there for several years.

    We have a metal roof. The hail sure was loud in here yesterday.

    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    643 SW Fuge Rd

    Stuart, Fl 34997

    (772) 287-4106 (home)

    (772) 485-1866 (cell/car)

    guywe2@gmail.com

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