Snow whitens this Connecticut porch on September 30th, 2012. Photo sent in via Report It.
Updated: Sunday, 30 Sep 2012, 6:38 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 30 Sep 2012, 6:28 PM EDT
(WTNH) -- Summer-like thunderstorms brought down hail in some spots of Connecticut this afternoon.
They were quick moving storms, but many across the state felt the rain and even hail in a few cases. As fast as the storms moved in though, they did not last long.
Hail did stick around just long enough for a few towns to have their landscapes briefly turned into a white, winter-like wonderland.
As the sun returned, vivid rainbows and even double rainbows filled the skies.
Part of the reason for the hail has to do with the season. As the air gets cooler in the autumn, the atmosphere also cools. This allows the freezing level, the height in the atmosphere at which liquid freezes, to fall closer to the surface.
The end result is a perfect combination for a quick burst of hail in a thunderstorm. Early spring and early autumn storms can commonly produce hail in Connecticut, given the atmospheric conditions.
Hail was reported in several towns, including the Meriden and Cheshire areas.