“Holy Giant Hail Batman!”

hailhail2Imagine a ball of ice falling from the sky that is about the size of a small cantaloupe. That happened on the evening of July 23, 2010 as severe storms rolled through northeastern South Dakota. In the town of Vivian, a severe storm unleashed hailstones that were large enough to create holes the size of coffee cans in the ground.
A ranch hand at a local farm watched in awe as the storm moved through. After the it passed, he went out to look at the damage and that is when the hailstone caught his eye. The chunk of ice weighed almost 2 pounds, was 8 inches in diameter and 18 ½ inches in circumference.
The current record setting hailstone is 7 inches and about 18.75 in circumference, that fell on June 22, 2003 in Aurora, Nebraska. It is more than likely that the South Dakota hailstone will break the Nebraska record. However, we’ll have to wait for an official answer from NOAA’s National Climate Extremes Committee.


Posted under severe weather

This post was written by qni_it on July 29, 2010

4 Comments so far

  1. tony July 30, 2010 10:27 AM

    Well I did see on TWC that this hailstone did break the record at 8 inches in diameter.

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