Severe weather system dumps hail in Waimanalo

Marveleen Bilermo
Marveleen Bilermo
meteorologist Mike Cantin
meteorologist Mike Cantin

WAIMANALO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Imagine the shock in wet and windy Waimanalo. Oldtimers say nothing like this has ever happened here.

"This is the first time I seen it in Waimanalo," Oma Ries-Moniz said.

When the sky opened around ten this morning, what came out surprised Marveleen Bilermo. Hailstones the size of grapes were pelting her house.

"On my roof. On my table back there. And then my grass was just full of those cubes of ice," she said.

The National Weather Service said hail fell from from Aina Haina to Hawaii Kai to Waimanalo. Thunderstorms south and west of Oahu tapped into cold air to form the ice balls.

"Freezing level is right around 11,000 feet," meteorologist Mike Cantin said. "So anywhere below 11,000 feet, the hail stones were melting fairly rapidly. That's why some came out in strange shapes. They kinda had some extension on them."

Marveleen said the hail storm lasted about ten minutes. She snapped photos of the cubes on her grass, and scooped up handfuls to save in her freezer.

"I went taste some too. It was amazing. Taste like ice. I was going to put soda inside," she laughed. The Weather Service said hail fell only on the eastern edge of Oahu.

"All of the storms that produced the hail and the flooding rains that led to some landslides and other things, that was pretty much parked right over the top of us, and we couldn't get out of the way," Cantin said.

The hail storm is the buzz around Waimanalo, and at Marveleen's house.

"I'm still excited about it," she said.

She'll have something to talk about long after the ice melts.

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