|(Mar. 20, 2019) -- Shortly before 3:00 p.m. today (March 20), an intense storm cell with embedded hail moved eastward from Compton across North Long Beach, sending the tiny icy stones onto neighborhood lawns and sidewalks. Shortly after 4:00 p.m., a second storm cell moved eastward across East Long Beach, bringing hail and thunder and lightning to an area from roughly Bellflower/Spring-Wardlow east to El Dorado Park and The Ranchos. .
Dan Pressburg (publisher of North Long Beach News on Facebook) had live streaming coverage. The photo below is a screen save from the area of South St./Dairy Ave. at about 2:50 p.m. For a time, CHP closed down both directions of 710 freeway near the 91 freeway.
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Here's how NLB squall looked on National Weather Service Doppler Radar. As this storm cell moved eastward, hail fell at least as far east as Cherry Ave./Bixby Road.
At about 4:00 p.m., a second intense storm cell moved Long Beach, this time leaving a trail of hail across ELB from roughly Bellflower/Spring east to El Dorado Park and also brought thunder/lightning (mainly eastward).
Here's how the ELB storm cell looked on National Weather Service Doppler Radar (the intense cell is partially blotted out by NWS map text.)
All of this got the attention of L.A. news media:
Other parts of LB stayed dry...and even sunny.
Social network pages (including the Facebook's "Born and Raised in Long Beach" and "Growing Up in Long Beach") included many photos and videos .
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