Yesterday afternoon at about 4 o'clock, I noticed that the sky was getting very dark out toward the west. I heard thunder off in the distance, and it was getting louder. I opened a weather site on my tablette tactile to look at the live radar. A severe thunderstorm appeared to be coming right at us.
I decided to go out early with the dog. Normally I would wait until between 5:00 and 5:30. But I didn't know how long the rain would last, if the storm clouds actually moved over Saint-Aignan. Better to go out early than not at all. Thunder rumbled steadily during the 30 minutes that Tasha and I spent walking around edges of the vineyard. There were a few drops of rain, and the winds got gusty.
Just as we got back to the front gate and were almost inside the house, heavier rain started falling and I thought I noticed some ice in it. Back in the house, we realized that we were experiencing a heavy hail shower. Luckily, it didn't last more than 3 or 4 minutes before turning into rain again. No damage was done in our yard that I've noticed. I hope no damage was done in the vineyard.