Shelburne Orchards

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

“And the thunder rolls”

9 pm. the night of Wednesday June 2nd, Cindy and I had just come home from dinner with a friend. Driving home we could see dark clouds and lightning over Burlington. Usually storms over Burlington mean the storm has passed to the north of us, I was disappointed because we could use the rain. Minutes after we arrived home, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. We sat out on the porch, lightning became nonstop, there was a roar as from rain hit the metal roofing on the barn. Then It all happened within 30 seconds, the trees bent nearly 45 degrees as the leading edge of the storm raked across the orchard driving half inch size hail close to 60 mile per hour into our little baby apples. 30 seconds!! 50% to 60% of the apples dented, torn open, and some even shattered.. 30 seconds and then the storm was passed, It was quiet, I love the smell that always remains after a thunderstorm. We got hit. It happens… there is nothing that can be done about it. I can’t help taking it personally. We’ll make the best of it…