It took less than a half hour for hail to wipe out hundreds of acres of cotton in Central California in mid-May.
Hail destroyed hundreds of acres of Ted Sheely's cotton near Stratford, Calif. on May 19.
California cotton fields were destroyed by hail from a severe thunderstorm on May 19 that also produced a small tornado.
Cotton protected from hail by a parked cultivator was unscathed while the rest of the field was destroyed by a severe thunderstorm that produced over an inch of acculumated hail, at least an inch of rain and a small tornado.
A confirmed EF0 tornado by the National Weather Service is likely to blame for snapping this pistachio tree near the base. The rest of the tree was relocated about 100 feet down this orchard.
Possible tornado damage
Damage to a pistachio tree from a severe thunderstorm near Stratford, Calif. on May 19. A main branch was removed from the tree, forcing the farmer to treat the tree with a sealant and place a large bolt in the damaged tree to hold the remaining branches onto the trunk.
Pistachio tree damage
Hail damage in this California pistachio orchard could take two seasons to repair as next year's production may also have been affected.
Crop damage from hail and a tornado in this California pistachio orchard is evident from the nuts strewn across the orchard.
Canning tomato hail damage
Hail damage in California canning tomatoes.
Damage is evident in canning tomatoes from a severe thunderstorm and hail.
Hail-damaged tomato crop
Hail from storms in mid-May appears to have destroyed hundreds of acres of canning tomatoes in Central California.
Damage in fresh-market onions from severe hail.