We have had a bad week for weather in our area of Colorado. There have been tornadoes touching down all over the place this week with several along I-25 in the Denver metro area. Every afternoon for the last three days we have had severe thunderstorms but today caught us a bit by surprise. It was 5pm and the kids were off in the new van for our son's baseball practice and I was off to Jazzercise when it turned dark, the wind came and then the rain and hail. At first I was not to concerned because the hail was really small but just as we all returned home there was 1/2 to 1 inch size hail that had pounded down on our cars, house, and our lovely green yard. The damage was minimal so I am not complaining, as a tornadoe did touch down just 30 miles south of our house. Here are some pictures I took just yesterday afternoon to document the growth in our Xeriscape garden and here is our front yard at 5:45pm today. I think it will take awhile for the poor plants to recover from being bombed with balls of ice. The hood of my car however, I don't think it will regrow paint.