Liz Klimas thinks they're real, clarifying that the still-frozen hailstones were piled up by flooding, and some look dark and gravel-like because they landed on dust...
For once we didn't even get rain up here. We got a cold snap that produced perfect weather for working outdoors, which is why I've been offline this week. Water froze in the cats' bowls, but running water didn't freeze, the ground didn't freeze, and most flowers have continued blooming. And the sky's been clear, bright, and beautiful, day and night...which has become rare in my corner of the world.
But today the clouds are rolling back in...which is why I'm online.