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Was that a tornado?

We've just been hit by something, there's debris everywhere and hailstones the size of squash balls have battered our shutters to bits.

Seems to be subsiding now - but what was it? Anyone have any idea?
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

http://www.metradar.ch/2009/pc/ shows heap big thunderstorm...
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

NOTW tapping into MeteoSwiss phones?
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

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Was that a tornado?

We've just been hit by something, there's debris everywhere and hailstones the size of squash balls have battered our shutters to bits.

Seems to be subsiding now - but what was it? Anyone have any idea?
SNAP!!!! MOTHER of all storms came in!

grrrrrrr, think there might well be some insurance claims!!!
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http://www.metradar.ch/2009/pc/ shows heap big thunderstorm...
Hmmm... like no thunderstorm I've ever experienced. Everything went pitch black, and all the windows were battered by random objects, followed by these enormous hailstones.

There's all sorts of stuff all over everywhere, street lights smashed, balcony canopies hanging off, and the road is flooded.

I've never seen anything like it.
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Hmmm... like no thunderstorm I've ever experienced. Everything went pitch black, and all the windows were battered by random objects, followed by these enormous hailstones.

There's all sorts of stuff all over everywhere, street lights smashed, balcony canopies hanging off, and the road is flooded.

I've never seen anything like it.
Its the end of the world I tell you.
*rushing back home to see if its still there*
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

Good grief, us too. We just got inside in time. That was the scariest noise I ever heard - like a train coming at us with a river next to it or something. We fairly legged it indoors! We got the metal blinds down fortunately although they're full of dents - they did their job though.

Its weird now, gone all still. Sirens going past every now and then down on the main road.

The dog (who doesn't bat an eyelid at storms) is wandering in and out looking rather curiously at what's left of the garden flowers and munching the piles of ice.
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

It's going to hang around as well....... but usually the afternoon hold the highest intensity.

Keep ya raincoats on kids:

http://www.landi.ch/meteo/deu/nieder...sen_32451.aspx
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Good grief, us too. We just got inside in time. That was the scariest noise I ever heard - like a train coming at us with a river next to it or something. We fairly legged it indoors! We got the metal blinds down fortunately although they're full of dents - they did their job though.

Its weird now, gone all still. Sirens going past every now and then down on the main road.

The dog (who doesn't bat an eyelid at storms) is wandering in and out looking rather curiously at what's left of the garden flowers and munching the piles of ice.
It's obviously going for all the low-tax areas...
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Old 07.07.2011, 18:23
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

Well, it didn't come from Vaud, because we have had only one tiny sprinkle all day. I'd blame the Austrians and a rogue wind. Hope your car and anything else outside survived.
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It's obviously going for all the low-tax areas...
Obviously my fiancee now informs me the power is out at home, she said it was pretty weird (Neuheim, ZG)

I suppose living in Ct Zug has it's disadvantages such as divine retribution from him above for not paying sufficient taxes..

Going home to check on the carnage maybe photos later if theres anything of interest.
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

That was just horrible!!
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

A few impressions can be found here:

http://www.20min.ch/news/zentralschw...erich-19200430
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Hailstones as big as baked beans pounded our balcony for five minutes - luckily I had moved a few of the more delicate plants. First thought was Iceland and Begga, our late great Viking goddess! Then it shone brightly through heavy rain. Surreal indeed.

In the mean time, dog retired to the bathroom, not wanting to resemble a sea sponge perchance.
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

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Hmmm... like no thunderstorm I've ever experienced. Everything went pitch black, and all the windows were battered by random objects, followed by these enormous hailstones.

There's all sorts of stuff all over everywhere, street lights smashed, balcony canopies hanging off, and the road is flooded.
Aww, bless!

(Yep, that sounds like a thunderstorm all right.)
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http://www.20min.ch/news/zentralschw...erich-19200430
Bloody hell!

I hope it doesn't come to Basel in the next 30 minutes or so.
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Because I can't be bothered to create a you tube account. Thanks to Cwtchycoo for the video.

Here's ping pong Zuger style, decompress the zip. Taken 30 mins ago

Hail.zip
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

Looks like our house is pretty much in the "epicenter". Hmmm I am sure SWMBO put the binds down this morning. Wonder if they are still there?
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Old 07.07.2011, 19:06
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Good grief, us too. We just got inside in time. That was the scariest noise I ever heard - like a train coming at us with a river next to it or something. ....
That's the classic tornado sound, like a train coming. Was the sky a greenish tint, too?
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Re: What on earth just happened in Pfaffikon SZ?

Well the sky had dark clouds spread evenly across it 10 mins before the 'storm' cloud appeared - that cloud was really evil looking, and lower than those high rain clouds. The high rain clouds were slower moving, and, yes, greenish 'I'm laden with water that I'm about to dump on you' glow about them, but not particularly odd looking compared to any other thunder clouds. The storm cloud came charging over the hill below them and I could see it meant business! But it was really black and an odd shape, like it was diagonal across the sky. It was like some kind of demon out of a movie. then you could see the rain sheeting over the trees in the distance, a couple of cracks of thunder, and then that awful noise chasing us which I think was the sound of water and golfballs pelting down.
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