A flash storm that dropped hail stones the size of golf balls
caught residents near Ashburton off guard last night.
Farming crops were severely damaged, car windows smashed and
roof spouting splintered in the 15 minute hail storm about
Mayfield farmer James Jarden said the storm came unexpectedly
and was accompanied by thunder and lightning.
He was at a property on State Highway 72 in Mayfield where
damage was done to a sizeable paddling pool, spouting, and
the front and rear windows of a car that will also need panel
He said trees in the Mayfield township had been stripped of
their leaves and spoke of a fodder beat farmer who had his
crop severely damaged.
A power transformer also sparked loudly.
"There's going to be a few crop farmers affected by this," he
About three hours later at 8pm, Mr Jarden said the sun was
back out shining.
MetService was predicting more poor weather for Ashburton
today with showers clearing in the afternoon and
northeasterly winds developing.
- Myles Hume of the Ashburton Guardian