NOAA’s National Climate Extremes Committee, responsible for validating national weather records, has declared a hailstone found last week in
Found after a July 23, 2010, severe thunderstorm by Vivian resident Les Scott, the hailstone is 8.0 inches in diameter and weighs 1.9375 pounds (1 pound, 15 ounces) with a circumference of 18.62 inches.
These measurements displace the previous hailstone record for weight, previously 1.67 pounds for a stone in
“I’m just glad nobody got hurt and hope the town will recover soon,” Scott said.
David Hintz, warning coordination meteorologist at NOAA’s
After getting Hintz’ notice of a possible record hailstone, personnel at National Weather Service Central Region headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., requested activation of the National Climatic Extremes Committee to examine and judge Scott’s hailstone. Personnel from the
More information can be found on the Aberdeen, SD National Weather Service website at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/abr/?n=stormdamagetemplate.
Information about the National Climatic Extremes Committee and existing weather records may be found at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/ncec.
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