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May 21, 2012
Largest Piece of Hail
Did you know...
the largest piece of hail(hailstone) ever recorded fell in Coffeyville, Kansas on September 3, 1979. It was 17.5 inches in diameter - that's several inches larger than a basketball!
And the weight was reported to be 1.67 pounds. The deadliest hailstorm on record occurred April 30, 1888 in India where 246 people perished! In the Sichuqan Province of China in 1986 over one hundred people were killed in a hailstorm. Some of the individual hailstones weighed over two pounds. Cross sections of hailstones often reveal layers, much like those of an onion. These layers are caused by the different rates of accumulation and freezing of supercooled water, as the hailstone forms.
Hail is responsible for more crop damage than rain, tornadoes or hurricanes.