Hailstorm typifies afternoon weather in Keremeos

It's becoming a daily weather routine as violent, short-lived storms hit the Lower Similkameen

Pea sized hail hammered Keremeos for a short period on July 27

Pea sized hail hammered Keremeos for a short period on July 27

Pea sized hail hammered Kermeos and area around 5 p.m. Friday afternoon in what seems to be an endless round of hot, humid days followed by an afternoon of potentially violent, unsettled weather conditions.

Storm clouds began forming early in the afternoon, but the rain – which began just after 4:30 p.m. in Keremeos – fell suddenly, and fell extremely hard, followed by a transition to hail, which lasted only a couple of minutes.

Many agriculturalists in the region are beginning to feel the effects of this highly unusual late July weather – and so are crop insurers, as claims continue to climb.