Ask any old timer in Comanche, Texas, and he will remember well the hail of 1969. Not only will he remember that the year was ’69, but he will remember exactly where he was when the storm hit, demolishing cars, knocking out windows, and ruining roofs and anything else that got in the way of hailstones that measured up to 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches thick.
The Comanche High School complex lost over 700 windows to the hail. Electric lines, telephone lines, and television cable lines were brought down by the hail, while the town of Comanche measured one-half an inch of rain in 15 minutes.
The hail itself fell for at least 10 minutes, and affected over 95% of the town of Comanche as well as outlying areas. Rickey Jones lived with his family about 3 miles east of town, and he well remembers where he was and what he was doing when the storm hit his family’s farm.
“I was on the tractor in the field when the hail hit. I put it in road gear and took off for the house. We lost all of the windows on the west side of the house. I have no idea why I did not have my shoes on, but I didn’t, and I remember that I was scared to death that a hail ball was going to hit my feet. Of course I was just a kid. I wasn’t actually working on the tractor; I was playing on it,” he laughed.
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