Ever been caught outside in a hailstorm? I have and it's amazing how hard that hail comes pelting down.  Extreme weather in Siberia had people on this beach seeking any type of shelter from the hail hitting the beach. Those beach umbrellas look kind of flimsy to me.

Hail can cause quite a mess.  I have dents in my car from a hail storm a few years ago that happened in the spring, not the winter like you'd expect. Central New York isn't unique to wacky weather.