Storms on the High Plains can be particularly efficient hail producers thanks to the elevation and lower freezing levels. This is one of my favorite things about chasing from Eastern New Mexico up through eastern Wyoming. This also can result in particularly impressive radar images with high DBZ (blacks/purples/whites on most color tables) which look rather ominous. The reason for high returns is because of cores being so laden with hailstones. As these cores pass over any one place, they can create a scene that looks straight out of winter with hail accumulating over the roadways and landscape sometimes up to a foot or more deep. We capture this hailstorm over the weekend near Galisteo, New Mexico. #weather #science #nature #hail #newmexico