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Hail, rain and lightning spotted in southeastern Ontario

Staff writers

April 12, 2012 — Parts of Ontario - including Kingston, Peterborough, Belleville and Kanata - saw brief periods of stormy weather on Wednesday.

In some places, the pellets measured up to 4 mm
In some places, the pellets measured up to 4 mm

Dozens of people took to social media outlets to send in images of the hail, which in some places measured up to four milimetres in diameter.

Lightning and rain was also reported in the area.

"There was instability in the air on Wednesday caused by air aloft and, while it wasn't enough to create severe thundershowers, it was strong enough to generate cumulus clouds," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The stormy weather came as a result -- but it didn't last long.

"We saw brief periods of hail and rain," says Ressler. "It was the type of day where it appears to go from sun - to storms - and back to sun again within a matter of minutes."

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