Hailstones like lemon drops: Strange summer on the PCT

Mostly it's been dry, dry, dry this year in Southern California, but a week ago Monday, as I was on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Big Bear section, big old clouds came in and hung over the moon:

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Then Tuesday afternoon, heading over a ridge near Doble Springs, down came the hail. 

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Biggest hail I've ever seen! In July in Southern California! Who would've thunk?

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Occasioned this one:

hailstones like lemon drops
crunching under my boot heels
summer storm at Big Bear 

Discussed the question of monsoonal flow briefly with a couple of experts at Scripps. As I mentioned previously, some scenarios call for an increased monsoonal flow in a climate change scenario, but to date they haven't seen such a trend in our time — just natural variability. 

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